Swedish shoes run the gambit from traditional handcrafted clogs to high fashion sneakers from the likes of Acne Studios. There are functional shoes such as rain boots and sneakers, as well as chic and minimalist pairs that will take you from the office to a night out. Whatever your shoe needs may be, there’s a Swedish shoe brand that’ll do the trick.
These are the best Swedish shoe brands to know:
Founded in 1973, then relaunched in 1993, Vagabond Shoemakers has gone from a small mens-only shoe company to a global brand that produces both on-trend and classic shoes for everyone. With reasonable prices, high quality, and a functional, minimalist yet cool style, it’s easy to see why they’ve become the top Swedish shoe brand worldwide.
Delighting the indie fashion set since 2011, ATP Atelier has a gorgeous selection of extremely well-made, minimalist shoes, as well as bags and other small leather goods. Handcrafted in Italy, the shoes are luxurious but not ostentatious – the epitome of Scandinavian style.
ARKET’s shoes are in-line with their clean, simple aesthetic. They have a range of seasonal shoes for men, women, and children from their own line and also sell a number of high-quality brands including Veja, R.M. Williams, Diemme, Adidas, Reebok, and Converse.
In the space between sneakers and profesional shoes, Gram keeps things interesting. Their thick-soled platform boots are a blend of casual and cool that’s totally unique. They produce men and women’s shoes in a range of colors with playful details, creating hybrid silhouettes that are both comfortable and fashion-forward.
Launched in 2013 as a collection of ballet shoes, Flattered has since grown into one of Sweden’s top lines for women’s shoes. They straddle the line between trendy and classic, adding details that are fashionable or artistic. If you’re looking for the perfect pair of flats or ankle boots, Flattered has a great selection. They produce all their shoes in Spain, prioritizing high-quality and craftsmanship.
The mission behind Myrqvist is to create Goodyear welted shoes at a reasonable price while retaining quality and classic menswear styles. If you’re on the hunt for a long-lasting, tradtional loafer, derby shoe, oxford, or boot and aren’t interested in messing around with anything trendy, this is the brand for you.
One of Sweden’s oldest heritage brands, Tretorn opened in 1891, selling galoshes to protect against the harsh Scandinavian weather. In 1900, they began selling sneakers too. Perhaps their most popular sneaker to date is the Nylite, which is now over 50 years old and has been a beloved tennis shoe since its launch. Tretorn now makes a range of outdoor and athletic products including bags and jackets, but they’re still primarily known for their highly functional footwear: rainboots, sneakers, and winter boots.
Stutterheim is known as the go-to raingear brand in Sweden – and they take their raingear seriously – including their rainboots. The Chelsea boot-style silhouette with a thick, colorful sole is both stylish and functional. Pair with your raincoat, rain-proof backpack, and you’re ready to go!
With their three separate ateliers (Stockholm, Paris, and Los Angeles) &Other Stories designs fun, stylish, and trendy clothes and accessories. Their shoes follow suit, with a wide selection of boots, flats, heels, and sneakers. In addition to their own brand, &Other Stories also sells brands like Nike and Adidas. The brand carries classic styles like Chelsea boots and penny loafers, as well as ever-changing on-trend pieces.
COS is all about Swedish minimalism with nods to Japanese influence, and their shoes are no exception. Clean lines, geometric silhouettes, and occasional unexpected colors keep the shoes from being boring, while ensuring that functionality is front-and-center.
Unlike in Denmark, where many of the top fashion brands have also branched into shoes, Sweden’s fashion houses have mostly stayed in the clothing lane. The exception to te rule – and a very good exception at that – is Acne Studios. Their Jensen boots – a sharp Chelsea boot with elastic openings at the ankle – is a cult classic, and they create a number of styles every season. Acne Studios’s shoes are always a little offbeat with the proportions and silhouettes, making them fashion-forward, instantly indentifiable, and unique.
Classic clogs are a traditional Swedish silhouette and they’ve made a major comeback in recent years. Swedish Hasbeens is at the front of the clog renaissance, bringing together timeless silhouettes, quality craftsmanship, and playful colors.
Swedish slippers and house shoes
Fun and fuzzy, these slippers and house shoes are a great blend of cosy and stylish. With bright colors, bold patterns, and soft lining, they’re the kind of slippers you’ll feel good wearing around the house.
Regular slippers aren’t for you? These ones are luxe. Made with leather or suede in Portugal, the slides are the ideal house shoe for those who want something a little more fancy, but still comfortable, to wear around the house. There are men’s and women’s options, but the overall silhouette is fairly unisex.
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