Monday, 5 July 2010

TO BE OR NOT TO BE, OR TO HASBEENS?

First I'm going to tell you something and then I'm going to ask you something.

The telling: I'm completely fucked in the head.

To start with I blame the internet, my paypal account and then a bunch of other facts, phenomenons and whatever. The thing is, I just can't stop wanting stuff, not only believing but knowing I need it/that/those/whatever, trying to make my wardrobe complete; perfect for any occasion. You know, one part of life such as it is seen upon nowadays is a constant search for the perfect something - the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect partner, the perfect hand bag, perfect black skirt, foundation, mascara, every day shoes, life you name it... The longing for all things perfect and then even a little more prefect is something of a challenge we create upon ourselves but also something being fed to us all the time in magazines and commercials.

Well, enough about blaming society for my materialistic cravings as the thing here was about me and my f:d up head, plus, for the moment I actually have the perfect home-in-the-making and a pretty perfect partner (plus perfect lashes done so skip the mascara and I've given up on the black skirt). But, as it seems, not the perfect easy going shoes for summer. As that is clearly something everyone needs. And one fine day when I should have been out in the park enjoying the sunshine but instead sat down by the wonderful never-ending world of the internet I found the perfect ones:

Swedish Hasbeens candy coloured sky high sandals. That at least in my book look comfy enough for the so called every day wear.

But but but. I have a whole box of -yet-to -unpack-and-nowhere-to-put-after-that-shoes (not sandals though! Very few such!) at home. (Not to mention clothes, still a couple of suitcases in waiting. And strangely though, I think I have less and less to wear day by day. How can it be?)

Well anyway, I may be fucked in the head but the sandals are still pretty sweet aren't they? And one pair more wouldn't hurt. Plus my comfy everyday summer shoes so far have been a pair of red H&M peeptoes, well serving their 19 euros since 2006, now falling apart. I mean, these even come in mint green! (Even though I do think one pair of mint green shoes are enough, believe it or not. Might go for pink or natural-shaded ones instead).


Hmmm.

So, now over to the questions: since the apparently much hyped Swedish Hasbeens still are a little bit on the more expensive side I'd really like to know if they are comfortable. That would pretty much be the whoel point of purchasing. I sort of think that if you pay more than 150 euros for a pair of shoes comfot better come with the price - that works for Minna Parikka shoes at least, but you can never be sure.(And no, lower heels are out of the question. I don't think the sky high ones look that high anyway.)
So any experiences on the sky high ones?
Or hasbeens in general?

And does anybody know about the sizing? I read they are rather small but their size chart seems to be pretty regular, almost bit on the bigger side. I've been measuring my feet over and over here at work, even standing on a ruler and the result indicates I should go for a 36 but that would be one size smaller than my normal one and I can't really trust that.

Well over and out, let's see if I end up with a pair or if I find something else more necessary and interesting before I click Buy.

37 comments:

Noora said...

Amen, sister. I'm also way fucked in the head-department. I mean who notices that one has over celebrated (well it was pride-week so it's not that bad...) and bank account shows now respectful balance of -120e, saves it by transferring money from savings and just after that goes to see if Minna Parikka has any nice discount shoes (and this is a lie, full priced shoes are nicer like nine times out of ten): "Oh look! I totally need the Maxine-bag in black nappa! If I just had that one in black nappa next to my red patent one, I would have one for every occasion. My colleague next to me went speechless when hearing the price. But he's a man so it doesn't count.

And after this I looked at shoes and more bags and dresses that I don't yet have, but that I totally need.

Oh shoot me.

LadyAngore said...

Oh they are so lovely!
It´s to bad they cost so much. Would be nice to have them in all colours! :)

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Noora : We should both be shot. I so know that thing of "fuck, I'm broke until next payday so lets go see if there are any nice new things to get out there. Ohm there is, and it's even very expensive but hey, what's mney for" :D
Aaah, makes me feel better to know there are more fuck-ups out there.

Lady Anogre : I know! A little creepy thought in my head said "take two colours if you can't decide". Shoot, bang!

agnieszka said...

i dont think you are fucked...well maybe our accounts are but not us...and i dont like to blame myself so ill blame someone else...i blame the internet!!! because not only do i now have the chance to look in my own country for make up, accesories(how ever that is spelled), clothes shoes...no! now i have the enitre planet...
like drooling over dresses at pinupgirlclothing.com or forever21.com ...not to mention places like etsy that are today what used to be toystores when you were little... you just dont want to go out with empty hands...so you have to get this or that...because all of those items add that little something to your wardrobe...just like today..when i was more than sure to not even spent 1 Euro on stuff that isnt urgently needed to survive...until i saw those blue satin flats that were so cute that i had to have them... so i guess all there is left to say is that we should found a group of anonymous,yet not so anonymous shopoholics :) ...

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Agnieszka : yes, Victims of the Internet :D

Frollein von Sofa said...

what a wonderful post. what a relief it is to know I am not alone. I would consider myself being the queen of secret addicitve internet shopping behaviour. always on the search of the perfect "...". the adrenaline runs out of my ears.still haven't found the perfect summer shoes yet, too. these shoes are pretty perfect, but since I m quite tall
(1,76m), they're too high for me. you should go for the natural ones - they would look great with any colour

Sandy De Luxe said...

Hej!
Jag är nästan lika dan men ett tips om Hasbeens är att de är väldigt sköna, men de håller inte särskilt bra. Inte nu iallafall. Jag köpte mitt första par för 4 år sen och de håller fint. Men förra året köpte jag peeptoe high och de är inte alls fina. Träet har spruckit och sulorna har lossnat. Sulorna har dessutom lossnat på alla mina tre par. Men det kan man ju limma på igen om man verkligen vill ha dem.

De är ju sjukt snygga! Jag vill också ha ett par mintgröna! HA en fin kväll!

fröken lila said...

well, i own a pair, however one of the regular high ones (the peeptoes). they are comfy and i love them, but it's a bit unusual to walk in them since they are, well, made of wood and therefore really really stiff. a friend of mine has the super high peeptoes and i'd like to try them one day but i guess they'd need a bit of walking-rehearsal from my side before i'd dare wear them in public.

when it comes to sizing, i wear a regular 38 and am happy with the hasbeens 38, but i read somewhere that the higher models are a bit larger. not completely sure though.

Mrs Munster said...

Well, these shoes are really pretty. I started a "clear your wardrobe"-project earlier this in mind to have "key pieces" only in there. I.E 3 skirts, 5 short sleeves, 2 dresses (I'm sure you get the idea). The rule was, if I buy something new, one old one has to go... this lasted about a month. Again, my wardrobe is filled with pretty clothes, I just couldn't resist and I still find myself staying only in few well trusted outfits all the time. Some of the clothes NEVER see daylight! It's just madness...

Jenni said...

Woah. These are beautiful. Being good can be pretty hard sometimes!

Anonymous said...

Hallo!

Noora på Kemikaalicocktail tycks i alla fall älska skorna. Eller Hasbeens.

Här kan du läsa:

http://kemikaalicocktail.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-post_14.html

http://kemikaalicocktail.blogspot.com/2009/06/puukkarit-rannalla.html

H. Minna

The Black Opal said...

Oh I love those shoes! Unfortunately I did not know the brand until I saw it on your blog today, so can't comment on how it fits.
BUT! I have to tell you: I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I mean, you, via your amazing, honest, colorful, creative blog and personal style it reflects, have helped me to shape and redefine my own style! Not that I copycat yours, but you make me brave and I want to be creative every day. Hell, you in a way changed my life with your blog. Every time I feel sheepish and scared to wear a certain outfit, I think of you and it helps to push through it and get out into the world. And people always (well, almost always) love it. And if they don't -- who cares, right?
I've been reading your blog for almost two years now.

So, I just want to thank you for the blog, the ideas, the colorful and beautiful photos, your stories, your thoughts about things and life.
Maria

CecilB said...

Sandy Deluxe. Jag har tänkt fråga på din blogg för jag såg att du hade dem, hur är skorna att gå i? Tycker själv de är bekväma att testa men bara så man inte får jätteont i trampbynan efter ett tag då de är så stumma.

Är själv lite het på mohedatoffelns modeller Betty och Sandra. http://www.mohedatoffeln.com/
inte riktigt lika smidiga kanske, men billigare och eftersom de gjort tofflor så länge kanske de håller bättre i träet och så?

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Those are so cute and sweet, love the pastel colours! But sadly I cannot answer your question, I have no idea if they are comfy having never worn a pair!

Daisy Dayz Home

SarahB said...

We are all fucked in the head - just some of us are better at hiding it.

I have a pair of Swedish Hasbeens - but the closed toe clogs. They are true to size (I bought 40 and all my other shoes are 40). As for comfort, they are fine so long as I don't have to stand or walk for long - but it's all about the scrunching of the toes and the pressure on my (probably too long) toenails. The heel height is fine - the design and colour are fabulous - and I plan to also order a pair of the braided sky highs (in nude) for summer. I think they'll be comfy as the toes are open.

So,I have no hesitation in recommending the brand - but my experience of the closed-toe clogs is that they are perfect for sitting around (or maybe I just need a pedicure!).

goldenmeans said...

These are beautiful, I have been lusting over them all spring and summer, specifically, like you, the mint green ones. I actually ordered a pair last month (I already have the Braided High clogs in black and enjoy them a lot for summer), but I just put them in the mail for return...they are so expensive, and I do not think I can justify owning two pairs of mint shoes! (I have the mint pumps from Urban Outfitters that are like yours, but canvas). Perhaps they go on sale or something. I've also found with my other pair that the braided leather takes a long time to break in and it really tore up my feet the first time, so I wasn't looking forward to breaking them in -- plus, a wooden sole has proven to be comfortable for only so long, not when you are walking for a while. When and if they go on sale though, I might buy them again, I'm not going to lie :)

As for sizing, I think the size chart is pretty true for the sandals. I am a US 11 and the 41s fit me perfectly in both styles. (Though normally I am a Euro 42). I think it's the clog boots that run a little on the small side.

Erica said...

Love the shoes! The pastel colors would look amazing against a charcoal-toned sidewalk!

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the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Frollein von Sofa : I think the clog sandals with lower heels are quite pretty too, so mauybe that's something for you tall persons :)

Sandy Deluxe, Fröken Lila & SarahB : thank you so much for the info!

Mrs Munster : Heh, I know, I was planning the same with my wardrobe now after the move but so far the attempt has not been too successful :D

The Black Opal : oh thank you! That makes me happy to hear <3

Cecil B : Jag hittade lite liknande på Lotta From Stockholm också, fain båda två, fast jag har fått den högre klacken på hjärnan...

carla said...

Wow!! The shoes are looking great. They are all pretty.

ina said...

Yes, my friend, you're seriously fucked in the head, like me. Let's get help :)

Det finns ett lite billigare alternativ än Hasbeens, t.ex. de här på Som Ny: http://www.somny.se/products/fjaeril-pa-tarna
De har förstås inte lika hög klack och är kanske lite mer bonniga liksom, dessutom ser jag nog att Hasbeens är "Dina" skor. Men tänkte nu bara säga, innan du klickar iväg fyra gånger mer pengar :) Klick, klickklick. Klick. Klick-kli i fingret.

esme and the lane way said...

Gah, I love them. I want a pair pair and a white pair (and a pony). Ha.

It's useful to know about the sizing, so thanks for posting; I can read the comments and find out a bit more...

Esz said...

I NEED THOSE SHOES!!!
I think you are my shoe-sister/twin in that I love ALL your shoes and want them for my own ;-)

Its freezing here in the antipodes but I've been eyeing off those Hasbeens for a while now. Want!

Totally know the feeling about the need to just BUY - the list never gets any smaller.

Now I dont want to start a new lemming, but since you have similar taste, have you seen these before:
http://www.melissaplasticdreams.com/collection/fall-winter-09/black/vivienne-westwood-anglomania-melissa-mary-jane-iii

I have a black and a green sparkly pair and they are just so comfy. You need these shoes. I WANT THE RED ONES now (the site is new so this is my first viewing of these beauties).

Please excuse my rambling - shoes make me this way ;-)

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

There's something strange with my comments today, some disappear (?) as I can see them in my mail but not here, my own answers for example does not show,but here we go again...

Frollein von Sofa : I think the clog sandals with lower heels are quite pretty too, so maybe that's something for you tall persons :)

Sandy Deluxe, Fröken Lila & SarahB : thank you so much for the info!

Mrs Munster : Heh, I know, I was planning the same with my wardrobe now after the move but so far the attempt has not been too successful :D

The Black Opal : oh thank you! That makes me happy to hear <3

Cecil B : Jag hittade lite liknande på Lotta From Stockholm också, fain båda två, fast jag har fått den högre klacken på hjärnan...

Esz : ooh! Also loving the three strap shoe!

Karin said...

Om du ändå funderar på naturfärgade kan jag verkligen rekommendera ett annat svenskt alternativ: Knulp (ja, märket heter faktiskt så...) De är inte riktigt lika höga, utan kanske mer "vardagsklack", supersköna och kostar endast 595 kr!! Dessutom är det toppkvalitet. Jag har ett par låga sandaler därifrån som jag haft i 13 (!) år. Nu börjar sulan spricka lite, men jag kan inte göra mig av med dem. De blir dessutom bara snyggare med åren, särskilt om man fettar in lädret med jämna mellanrum.
Kolla knulp.se och leta efter den modell som liknar Hasbeens. Om du nu verkligen ska köpa ett par skor till... ;)

viv said...

Go for a 36! My normal size is 36, but 35 hasbeens fit me perfectly. The sizes may vary a lot between different models, though. I have wedges and they are comfy. I warmly recommend!

Sandy said...

Oh yes! Glad to see I'm not the only one.

Just one more thing and my wardrobe will be complete forever...

The following week?

Oooh...look....I NEED that..THEN my wardrobe will be complete!

(I discovered your blog a little while ago and I must say you are fabulous!)

aurélie said...

I loooove Swedish Hasbeens shoes!! I own 2 pairs, which I bought 2 years ago but I seldom wear them. The heel straps are just killing my feet each time I wear them. The leather is really stiff (I have a black pair and a brown pair. Wonder if it is the same with natural leather). I'm on the lookout for solutions to soften the leather - any tips?

hope505 said...

Did you buy them yet? I'm here to support you..! *haha!* Spring and summer will come every year so it's good to invest in more sandals, don't you think?
* ; )
Pink or white would be stunning! Very cute.

Cottongrass said...

Jättefina! Men jag hittade billigare liknande tofflor från Dojjans Shoebusiness (så skulle min skobutik också heta om jag hade en!). Finns inte rosa men naturfärgade iaf. Själv tog jag gula "Ros-Marie". Lite vassa eftersom skinnet är naturgarvat men jag löser det med strategiskt plåster i förebyggande syfte. Kolla på dojjan.nu.

Lucia said...

I tell you what, do not buy those Hasbeens!!! They are really really heavy and they are nothing near an every day shoes. Really I mean it!
Spend your money on a pair of Camper wedges style instead ( they got them in Zio on discount ) they cheaper, prettier and especially MUCH more comfortable than Hasbeens.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

GOlden Means : thanks for the info!

Esme : :D

Karin : tack för tipset! Tycks finnas rätt så många träsko tillverkare där i Sverige!

Viv : 36 sounds so small so I'm afraid to order them in that size but then again it wold really bug me if 37 were too big..

Aurélie : other than usage woudl maybe be to use som oil or so to soften the leather? If I have soem shoes thtat are too hard I also try to rub them a little softer, haha, like giving them a shoe-massage. That usually help.

Hope 505 : Havenät bought them yet but it's good to know you are there for me :D

Cottongrass : oh, till bra tips. Tack för det. Men snart blir det svårt, finns så många fina. Siv var också välidgt söta tyckte jag.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Lucia : hmm - oh no confusin- but your comment will be remembered and taken into consideration. I'll go google up those camper wedges now :)

Laia said...

I haven't read everybody's comments but I am going to give you my opinion since I own a pair of the Braided Sky High in pink :)

I bought them through Asos so they were a bit cheaper but so so worth the money! They are so comfy and so beautiful that I hardly wear them because I don't want them to get dirty, sadly they are already and I cannot remove the dirt, they're such a light color, it'd difficult to keep them like new forever, I should find pink paint for shoes....

The wood though is so soft that it does easily get marks but I really mean in, they are really comfortable, I could wear them always if it wasn't because I have only got one bag that does more or less match them xD (all my bags are too winter-ish, I need more straw ones)

btw, after reading Lucia's comment, Swedish Hasbeens are not heavy at all believe me!

and I was forgetting! They size a bit big, a friend of mine got her size, a 35, and they were still big. I got a 37 which is my size and they are a bit big too but still fit properly, I can wear them with socks haha

Hope I helped! :) I think you should definitely consider getting a pair, you could always go to any store near where you live, if there's any, that stocks them and try them on! That's what I did haha

Shoefairy said...

Wedges, sweetie, wedges... wooden clogs look great and are very fashionable right now, but they will be uncomfortable to walk in! You need a pair of Kork-Ease sandals with lighter than air cork soles, which you can walk in all day. I just ordered a pair off Yoox and am sitting here excitedly waiting for the UPS guy - only thing is shoes in the US have a habit of never having my exact size - I am 39 but the 8 is too small, the 9 is too big - doesn't stop me from trying : )
My BF asked me last night 'how many pairs of shoes do you need??!! I said 'well i'm only expecting delivery of two more pairs!! (also a pair of Bloch ballerinas from net-a-porter). Le sigh... so many cute shoes, so little time... BTW, I am also a less-than-secret internet shopping addict - the last month I've been rediscovering eBay, oh the dresses I've purchased! Plus the sales are just the perfect excuse. Now I just need a brand new empty shoe closet (that goes to infinity) and another one for my guilt ; (

Glamour-Och-Fläskpannkaka said...

snygga skor!

Anonymous said...

i have a pair of woden sandals, and i needed to stick one of those gel-like pads in the front section to make them wearable on long days. so i would definitely go for the usual size, that would give you room for some cushioning if needed.

Dego said...

Nooo, all things clog-like must be banished from this world!