There is nothing quite like a beautiful handcrafted pair of shoes made from quality materials. Sure, jewelry is nice, clothes are nice, even a new purse or wallet are nice, but every once in awhile your feet need spoiling. I love bringing unique products to my readers, which is why I'm SO excited to share Ugglebo with you! Not only are Ugglebo Clogs absolutely stunning in their small details and nuances, but are also practical and wearable.
I've always wanted a pair of clogs, but they usually look a bit doofy. In my experience with just trying them on in the store they're either hard to walk in, slip off your feet, are uncomfortable, or just look like a glorified pair of slippers. Ugglebo gave me the chance to pick out a pair of their shoes to review. I decided to go with the Seoul Clogs in Green Ash because the leaf detail cut into the leather really caught my eye. The Seoul Clogs are a "low heel"; about 1.75 inches in height. As much as I liked the higher heeled clogs, I just couldn't picture myself walking around with two kids hanging off of me without managing to break an ankle. Plus, I really liked the more traditional clog look, and the Green Ash just happens to be one of my favorite colors. (Unfortunately this particular style is sold out now, however they're always bringing in something new!)
I need to quickly say that their overall presentation from their website, to receiving the shoes in the mail is just great. The shoes came in an Ugglebo specific box, and were wrapped in thick tissue paper with a ribbon tied around them! It was like opening up a Christmas gift. When I saw the delivery presentation I was even more excited. You know you're getting something special when that much time and care is put into sending them through the mail.
The entire process of what goes into making an Ugglebo clog is fascinating. The bases are made from wood, including Alderwood, and Spanish Pine and are sourced right from Sweden. The leathers, including the best quality nubuc leather is then brought in from Italy to the Ugglebo factory where their Clog Master, Christer, assembles them by hand along with a few of his associates. Not only are you getting a stunning pair of shoes, but each pair is slightly unique. The Seoul Clogs are a beautiful soft nubuc leather and Alderwood base held together with staples, which I think just ads to the overall aesthetics of the shoes.
Alright, so obviously I'm in love with how beautiful these shoes look, but I did say they are also wearable? I'm sure you're thinking, "How is walking on wood all that comfortable?" After I got done caressing the leather (I REALLY love my shoes), I figured it was time to actually wear the shoes. I've had a hard time sizing my feet correctly when getting shoes from online instead of having the chance to try them on first. I went with a size 41 (10.5 to 11). Since I'm usually a 10.5 I was praying more than anything this pair of Ugglebo lovelies would fit. I'm happy to say they do fit. Barely, but they fit! My heel is right to the edge of the shoe, which is probably the correct way to wear them (although I do lite a little extra length). They're definitely closer to a 10.5 than an 11, and I could have possibly gotten by with a half size larger. However the toe box is perfect. The overall width is great and there's enough wiggle room for my toes to not feel claustrophobic. Yes, my toes freak out when they can't move. The wood base of the clog is actually very soft (I was quite surprised), and there are slight indents where your toes go giving that tiny bit of extra room my toes need. I really loved that the wood isn't just a basic carved out slab, but actually designed to mold to your feet. The toebox and heel on the sole are padded with some sort of rubber that keeps the shoes from slipping around on hard surfaces.
I did have to get used to walking in the Seoul clogs. It wasn't difficult, but the soles aren't quite flat, so there is a little bit of "rocking" when you walk. After a few practice runs around the house I'm now an Ugglebo Clog walking pro! I just absolutely adore these shoes. I want to display them on my wall as works of art!
I have a couple exciting tidbits of news for you all too. First, Ugglebo is celebrating the Swedish Midsummer holiday by offering 30% to 50% off of EVERYTHING on their web site. Now is definitely the time to purchase a pair of you're drooling over these now like I was. In addition to this spectacular sale they are offering FREE shipping on all domestic orders when you purchase at least two pairs of Ugglebos. Trust me, finding 2 pairs you just can't live without is not a difficult task. The hardest part is choosing which two pairs to get! The Ugglebo Midsummer Sale is scheduled to run from June 16th through June 22nd.
Second, Ugglebo has a program called "Re-clog the World". Clever, right?! This program is a super awesome way to give back to those less fortunate and reduce landfill waste. Ugglebo has teamed up with the foundation Donate Your Old Shoes to provide shoes to children and adults who are less fortunate and cannot afford new pairs of shoes. All you have to do is send Ugglebo your old clogs (of any brand) to their USA location with a specific form you can print and fill out, and they will give you 25% off your next Ugglebo purchase! What a great way to give back AND save money!
And finally, Ugglebo is offering DealPeddler readers a chance to win their very own pair of hand crafted Ugglebo Clogs in ANY style! Giveaway will run for approximately 1 week. Open to residents of the USA who are 18+. You will be able to enter the giveaway [HERE] once it is live.
*I was provided a product for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.