The “Scandinavian style”, a term usually used in relation to interior design, is also progressively influencing fashion.
In fact, more and more Scandinavian clothing and footwear companies are establishing themselves on the international markets, becoming important brands.
In today’s article, we will focus on one of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden, and specifically on some of our favorite footwear brands from this country.
We have picked 7 Swedish brands that will provide you with shoes and boots for all kinds of needs, be it for your everyday life, for a rainy day in the city, or a hike in the forest in your free time.
We will take a look at their history, materials and main products.
So, let’s begin!
We will start our selection with Tretorn, an innovative company that produces rubber boots, sneakers, sportswear and even tennis balls.
Tretorn was founded in 1891 in the city of Helsingborg, Sweden.
Initially they produced galoshes, special rubber protections to be worn over the shoes to prevent rain from penetrating.
Galoshes became very popular in Sweden, a nation characterized by a rather humid and rainy climate, and so the company started to become successful.
Less than a decade later, in 1900 Tretorn made its first sneakers and this makes the brand the second oldest sneaker manufacturer in the world.
Three years later, in 1903 they made a rubber boot model designed to be waterproof.
Since that time, for over one hundred and twenty years, the company has based its success on its footwear with great resistance to water.
Tretorn has also expanded its production taking an interest in sportswear and, in particular, rainwear.
Today the company presents itself as an internationally established brand, which, despite its fame, has not given up on preserving its tradition.
In fact, among the flagship products of the brand there are the traditional white sneakers, a reinterpretation of the original model of Tretorn.
And alongside the white sneakers and other sneakers, you can also find their boots, both in their original rubber version and in new models. In both cases these boots are made with a highly waterproof material.
Through the years, the company has been able to combine fashion and tradition and today has a particular focus on the environmental situation.
For this reason, they often use recycled materials and have founded the Eco Essentials initiative.
Stutterheim is a Swedish brand that produces rainwear and footwear. We will focus on the latter. Their footwear is highly functional and designed to be waterproof.
The origin of this brand is very particular and in some respects even romantic. It is said that Alexander Stutterheim, the founder from whom the brand will take its name, accidentally discovered an old raincoat belonging to his grandfather who had passed away shortly before.
Stutterheim was struck by that heavy-duty fisherman’s raincoat and from there he took inspiration to create his first raincoat, the Arholma, and from there, other rainproof clothing products.
Over time, Stutterheim also expanded its production to footwear.
The brand produces rubber boots with a simple and linear design. These are mainly low black boots, with the exception of the rubber sole which is present in various shades.
The lines of the design are clean and the boots are presented as simple but highly functional products.
Their point of strength is in fact the impermeability which is guaranteed by the high quality of the rubber.
3. Vagabond Shoemakers
Vagabond Shoemakers is a Swedish shoes and boots company which has established itself internationally becoming one of the most appreciated and sought-after shoe manufacturers.
Vagabond Shoemakers was born quite recently. In 1973 the brand makes its first appearance and starting from the 1980-s it begins to gain more and more fame.
Its strengths are the high quality and great attention to detail. Focusing on these two elements, Vagabond Shoemakers has increasingly expanded its commercial horizon, selling thousands of shoes in over twenty years, and becoming a leading brand in the sector.
The company produces different types of footwear. Their tall and ankle boots, made of rubber, leather and other materials, are all characterized by excellent functionality.
In the vast assortment there are also elegant moccasins, high-heeled shoes, sneakers, etc. The whole “world of footwear” is represented by this innovative brand.
Vagabond Shoemakers is not limited to the production of fashionable and functional footwear, but is also interested in eco-sustainability.
Among the various activities in this regard, the brand recently inaugurated a project with the aim of recycling old used shoes.
Myrqvist is a very successful company that produces men’s shoes. It is present with a store in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
The brand offers elegant and traditional shoes, characterized by a clean and simple design. Myrqvist tries to focus mainly on the quality of the final product and especially on the materials used.
In addition to that, the company also wants to provide the customer with a quality product at an affordable price.
For this reason, by selling directly to the customer without middlemen, Myrqvist’s prices are significantly lower than those of many other brands of similar quality.
All shoe models, from moccasins to ankle boots to the most elegant shoes, are designed in Stockholm, the company’s headquarters.
The production then takes place in Portugal at a specialized family owned factory that has been producing footwear for three generations.
As you can see, Myrqvist is a brand that caters to an elegant, sophisticated and highly traditional male clientele.
Haglöfs is a well known company all over the world and in Scandinavia it is one of the first brands in the outdoor industry.
They make technical clothing for the outdoors, with the aim of creating efficient and functional products.
Alongside clothing, the company also offers other products, such as tents and backpacks, and an assortment of technical footwear as well.
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First of all, it is necessary to quickly outline the history of this brand, a story that explains why the functionality and efficiency of the products is the primary objective of the company.
Haglöfs was founded in 1914 by Wiktor Haglöf. Wiktor, the son of a forester, was a carpenter and as such was used to spending long days outdoors in the cold and humid town of Torsång.
For this reason, Wiktor was perfectly aware of the difficulties faced by those who had to work outdoors or those who embarked on an outdoor experience.
Knowing well what could be used to withstand even the most difficult climates, Wiktor Haglöf founded his company and since then the Haglöfs brand has paid extraordinary attention to the practicality and efficiency of its products.
As for footwear specifically, Haglöfs produces only technical products and in particular mountain boots, hiking shoes, etc.
The models are many and varied, all designed to ensure the maximum comfort and to adapt to various needs. In fact, the wide choice allows you to find the product that best suits the type of trip or walk you want to undertake.
The brand uses only the highest quality and specific materials to ensure maximum functionality.
Sustainability is an important factor during the choice of materials. In fact, the company’s goal is not only to create excellent items, but it also wants to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly brand.
In conclusion, Haglöfs is a technical brand, specialized for over a century in outdoor products, and is aimed at both experts and those who are just beginning with outdoor activities.
Didriksons is a brand that produces various sports gear and rainwear. The brand also offers a selection of rubber boots, made with highly waterproof materials that allow you to keep your feet dry even during the worst weather.
The Didriksons company was founded in 1913 by Julius and Hanna Didrikson, and initially produced clothing for fishermen.
Today, waterproofing remains one of the main objectives of the company, which in the meantime has expanded and has over 90 employees.
Didriksons rubber boots are waterproof and made of natural rubber.
The brand cares about the environmental cause and for this reason has decided to use natural rubber and to create products that will last a long time, so as to limit waste as much as possible.
Their boots are not only waterproof, they are also windproof, so you can keep your feet warm at all times. They are also very practical and easy to wear.
7. Acne Studios
Let’s now take a look at the last brand on our list which is Acne Studios, a Stockholm-based fashion house that creates luxury products.
Among them, there is also a wide selection of footwear, products with a remarkable, fashionable and precious finish.
Each year new collections come out, for autumn / winter and for spring / summer, where the brand offers also footwear, following the latest fashion trends.
These are luxury shoes of various types, starting from the most classic sneakers, passing through elegant ankle boots, up to high heel shoes.
All collections are designed by Jonny Johansson, creative director and founder of the brand.
Johansson is a very eclectic character, interested in art, photography and architecture and these interests are visible in his creations.
Each Acne Studios product is studied for a long time before being made: even the smallest details are taken into consideration.
This obsessive attention to detail has allowed the brand to become, in the course of a few years, one of the most active Swedish luxury brands on the market.
From their product lines we can see that Acne Studios is aimed at elegant and sophisticated customers, with a passion for fashion and who want to make luxury the motto of their life.
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That’s all for today’s selection. We hope we gave you some new ideas for your next pair of shoes.
Please let us know in the comments below if you’d like to suggest any other similar brand.