Friday, 25 September 2009

Olive Oil & Olive Oyl

So, I received my Swedish Hasbeens, the Braided Low ones, in the mail some time ago.

Those of you who know me, or read this likkle blog often enough, will know that I have a penchant for pretty-ugly footwear (see here, here, here and maybe here).

My Winter clogs have served me well, real well, for the last two years...enough to be mentioned with other clog-lovers from all over the world here, so I thought I should get some for Summer. With lower heels (but that's just an excuse to buy new shoes).

I've forgotten how long it takes for the pale natural leather to be tanned to perfection - compare and contrast the old Winter clog on the left to the new Summer clog on the right.

Thanks to the Hasbeens website, I now know that I can hasten the darkening process by applying olive oil to the leather! And the wood too, like I would to my chopping boards! I only knew to put leather in the sun to tan them before. Duh.

See the difference? Olive-oiled on the left and virgin un-oiled leather on the right.

"Stripey Thing" - Remo General Store, Cut-offs - from secondhand jeans, Charm Necklace - too old to remember where I bought it from, Polka-dotted Rosette - a sash that I twisted in a haphazard way, Clogs - Hasbeens

This is me being Popeye's gal pal today - fisherman's navy-and-white stripes plus a touch of red and polka dots. Or what I think a modern-day Olive Oyl would wear.

The clogs have tanned considerably since I got them.

Oh, I love what the shoe (or clog) box says.

Next up, these ugly-beauties in Natural again. Or these in Apple Green. Both from Hasbeens. For the next Winter.


Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

Right, I reckon my poor athritic toe would be able to handle those shoes - and I'd get a bit of height, too. They're brilliant. xx

The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things said...

Hey Top Bird!
Yes! I think your poor likkle toe would love them. They are really comfortable! I thought the braided fronts would cut for the first few wears but they didn't!

You are so right about the add-on height! I've never been into things with heels (these are not that high) but I keep feeling that I've shrank with age and need to compensate? Haha. xx

melly said...


I love love love Swedish Hasbeens, been seeing photos of them all over blogs - they're so rad in their own way. You're rocking them, no way do they look ugly on you lady!

selina said...

i agree with Melly! you look fabulous in them!
i have a pair of clogs (mom kept them in good condition). i love them! definitely give u the height and grip the foot well... the only problem i have is due to the way i walk, i kick one of my foot at times and it's really painful. so whenever i wear those clogs, i need to carry plaster too. hahaha

yAnn said...

These are way cool!
Definitely not ugly, imho.

A.n.E said...

The hasbeens are great! I've got a pair too- Aren't they delicious just to stare at? the perfect wooden platform.. mmm.

The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things said...

Hey Smeowly, Nah-nah and yAnn,
My three cute bloggy-pals from Singapore!!!!

No, I don't think they are ugly. Or I wouldn't have gotten them. Haha. I meant "ugly" as in most stiletto-wearing people's perception of them - slightly clumpy and dopey (which I love!) and not streamlined and sleek like heels (which I can't walk in).

I recommend a pair. You cute girls will look even cuter in them! xxx

Nah-nah - Haha! I have the same problem too! I sometimes kick myself in my bony ankles! xo

Hello A.n.E,
Thank you for stopping by!

I had a look on your blog and you've got the Wedges!!!! Very very nice. It was between them and and Braided Lows for me. Maybe next time. Tee hee hee.

Haha! Yes, I love staring at mine too. Especially when they are tanning in the sun. x

Julia said...

Hey! I love the shoes on you, and I've just ordered a pair myself in a size 36. That is my normal size usually but i find the braided lows slipping off at the back and it looks like you have about the same size as me so I'm wondering does yours slip off at the back as you walk? I'm thinking I might need the 35.

The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things said...

Hey Julia,
They are such great shoes. You won't regret buying them!

I find that Hasbeens are very true-to-size. I am a 38 and that's what I ordered and they fit like a dream. No slippage. No wearing-in pains. Nothing!

Alright, on to your little sizing "problem"...
Question: When your foot is on the wooden footbed, does it look like the footbed is too long for your foot?
Like you are wearing shoes that are a size or two bigger than your feet?
If that's the case, then I think you'll need to get a smaller size.

But...if your foot fills the whole length of the footbed nicely, that means that you've got the correct size.
You might just need to go to a cobbler or shoe repair place and get them to punch a few more holes on the strap so you can tighten it up.

Hope that helps. Please write again if you have more questions. x

Julia said...

It fits pretty well but maybe about 1/8" off. I'm not sure if yours look like this on, but I took a few pics to show you for advice. I know I'm being so picky about the shoes but I just feel like I paid so much on shipping that it's a pain to exchange and I want to love them like you love yours haha.

So the first pic is with it buckled to the end which feels a little tight around the front of my ankles but looks like it fits more.

Then the second pic is with it buckled to the 2nd to last which feels more comfortable but leaves the 1/8" space in the back.

Does yours fit this way? I might just be over analyzing. I'm not even sure how a 35 would fit. Thank you so much for your help I really appreciate it and hopes this helps others as well who visit the blog.

The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things said...

Hello again, Julia!
You're welcome!
I totally understand what you mean about paying a lot for something and wanting it to fit properly and comfortably!

It's great that you sent photos! Woo!

Just went dug mine out from the shoe cupboard (it's Winter here now and the Braided's have been put away with all the Summer sandals) and put them on.

Mine has a little bit of excess space at the back too which I like in all my sandal-like shoes.
I much prefer that than have my heels sticking out and hanging over the back of the shoes. Not a good look. Haha!

But what matters more here is comfort. Have you tried walking around in them? Do you feel like you can walk miles in them? I can in mine.
Also, what I look for in a pair of clogs, for comfort, is how well the inner arch of my foot mould to the arch in the footbed. Do you feel good in yours?

As for the strap slipping off, maybe it's still quite stiff now...give it a while to soften and mould to feet?

Again, hope this has helped! I'm no expert but do write again if you still have questions. xx

Peta said...

love the remo stripey thing!
Just wondering how you find the sizing? I like the look of the fit on you. Can I ask what size you normally wear in clothes and what size your remo is?

Thanks so much


The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things said...

Hello Peta,
I'm an Aussie 8. Sometimes a 10. It all depends on the cut and style of things.
I bought my Remo Stripey Thing in an "S" because it's in a boxy-cut and meant to be worn loose.
I hope that helps.
You will not regret buying one of them. I have a lot of stripey tops that I love but my Remo Stripey Things (in navy and in beige) are the two that I wear most often.