Swedish Hasbeens Peep (out) Toes. When shoes don’t love you back!


It’s warming up – time for Spring/Summer shoes.  Before I invest in a new pair, I like to go through what I’ve got first, sorting what to keep and what to ditch. And as usual, I can’t quite decide what to do with my Swedish Hasbeens peep-toe clogs. Bought 5 years ago as an alternative to off-duty flats and trainers, I’ve only ever managed to wear them a handful of times.  Not because I don’t want to or for want of trying. Simply that when I wear them,  my toes not so much “peep” as make a bid for freedom. The big and index toes poke right out and the remaining toes, with no where else to go, are left squashed against the hardest leather this side of the wild west. Not a good look (especially when said toes are not one’s best feature!) and incredibly uncomfortable to boot. I’ve tried everything to stop this ridiculous toe slippage: toe socks (yes they are a thing, from Japan where else) and a variety of gel pads and cushions but nothing works. So, I’ve had to conclude that I must have the wrong sort of toes for these shoes.  Yet, I can’t bring myself to ditch them. Instead every Summer, I go through this silly ritual and rue my rubbish toes, envious of others happily stomping about in theirs. Perhaps they are blessed with just the right toes. Or maybe they have a higher pain threshold. If you have neither and have narrow feet and toes like mine, you are best off avoiding these. Because, you can forget about trying to break these shoes in, these babies will break you. Now, if I could only bring myself to get rid of the damn things.  Do you have similar Hasbeens stories? Let’s hear them!

Addie x






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