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Turning Heads #linkup- Sandgrens Clog Boots:The Soho Review+ A Casual Look

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Hello Ladies! Happy Holidays and Turning heads Tuesday. It was relaxing and a break that I needed, I am glad to be back to ‘see” you all, and your fashion. I will be sharing some blog goals later into the New Year, and also sharing some of the new fashion items Santa brought.  One is this Rebecca Minkoff Jungle Green Love bag. It is Love indeed! Speaking of Love, I must inundate you will Gibson and Truffles Santa pictures. Why not right? Today’s look is a bit more casual for me with grey jeans, clog boots but a touch of “jess” with the antique beaded neckline, brooch and a pop of color with my new bag.

However , today I am sharing with you something new, or perhaps unexpected when you think of my shoe collection. I am reviewing and styling Sandgrens Swedish clog boots! Lets just say I feel a woman can not have too many boots! ( or is it shoes?)  I was contacted and read the website and was impressed with the history and amount of detail that goes into each pair of shoes. Quick! We are going to try something, what is the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word, “clog”. Let’s try a game of stream of consciousness. For me, it is wood. 8 yrs old, open back. I was trying to picture the last time I wore clogs and I was able to find a picture of me when I was about 8, wearing a pair of clogs with a strap on the back of the open heel. I was smiling, so I must have enjoyed wearing them then. When Sandgrens Clogs contacted me,  and after I reviewed he website; I was able to see that there were many great styles of clogs and clog boots that were modern and trendy, in great colors and workmanship, much more than the open back clog that we often think of. I had to show you the day I went out with a skirt as to what they look like with pattern tights as well as jeans. I also loved that this art was “in the family” and generations have and continue to work at the factory.

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Been Loving Grey Nail Polish this season.  Watch was won from a Giveaway: AIBI watch. New RM Love Bag in Jungle, Santa

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Sandgrens Clogs have been made in Sweden since 1846. They are considered the oldest brand of clogs in the world. The shoes are made of the highest quality materials: wood bases, ,metal hard wear and fine leather. The Clog making business was passed down to Master clog builder and in the 19th century , Sandgrens stands out as one of the few clog companies left to still be made in Sweden. Read more about their mission here.

When I spoke with Sara, she told me that she grew up around clogs, that her father makes the clogs in the factory and it has been in the family business. I thought this fascinating as she would be able to see just how they were handcrafted  and produced. The time and energy that went into making this iconic footwear along with the company keeping abreast of fashion and lifestyle, made Sandgrens stand out. The company also honors traditions and does not believe in taking the easy way to making clogs. Fine craftmanship and heritage is what they are proud of. Sandgrens makes so many different types of clogs there seems to be a pair for the most discerning taste. They have clog boots, clog sandals, metallic clogs ( where were these when I was 8), high heel clogs.  I really liked the diverse collection that Sandgrens offered. For a “Behind the Scenes Look” at the making of the clogs, click here to view a video.

After scoping the website, I knew I needed a low heel. Since I have a connective tissue disease, Ehlers-Danlos, which affects my muscles ; I have to wear shoes with a small heel, at most 1.5 inches, so I needed support, and cushion. I have to be very particular about the shoes I wear.  Once perusing, I came across several pairs of stylish booties. I am on a bootie/boots  craze right now, as I seem to be each fall/winter season, and I loved the selection for this 2015 season. The SOHO boot, being the one I chose, had a low heel and was dyed black to match the color of the leather. I liked this feature and decided to try the SOHO. I went with the size chart, as i usually wear an 8, and picked the 39, which was recommended for 7.5-8. I also liked the detail of the buckle on the side of the boot, where I could   adjust this if needed   but it mainly added a bit more style .I had to admit, I was not sure if a wooden boot was going to be comfortable with someone prone to muscular knots.

However, when I received the boots, only 5 days later from Sweden, the leather was beautiful, soft and I loved the side zipper and buckle. WHen I tried on the bootie with tights, they were slightly big, but I expected this, and compared them to my other size 39 pair of Zara boots. The main difference was the width. Being a clog, the width of the shoe was going to be slightly wider on my foot, but I also read that clogs are meant to have some looseness  to them, as is the style. I added a thin orthotic, and would wear an ankle sock with the boots, keeping my feet warm and providing more cushion. From the Sandgrens’ site ” Clogs are designed to allow your heel to “slip” when you walk, even if you have a closed back clog.It also generally takes a couple of weeks to get used to your new clogs.”  

The wood is Alder wood, a wood I am familiar with as my USA Stratocaster is made from Alder Wood and many electric guitars are. I noticed the website’s description of the boots, and  making of  the boots often contained words such as symphony, melody, harmony  and I loved this description, as it described  clog making as a type of art where each facet of making the shoes would be like music forming a composition..

I loved the style of the boot, very fashion forward as to being able to style them with leggings, skinny jeans, skirts, and sweater dresses. I love wearing patterned tights, thus the eye would be drawn to the boots and legs with this combination. The construction and passion for making these Swedish Clogs is evident, and the customer service couldn’t have been any better. Service is very important to me, and I was helped throughout, with my emails being answered quickly and efficiently. Thanks Sara! Check out Sandgrens!

* These Soho Boots by Sandgrens Clogs were gifted to me. The opinions in this review  post are that of my own. ** Ann Taylor Beaded grey cardigan ( like this), Grey jeans, brooch( etsy) earrings: 1928, Handbag: New! Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag  in Jungle Green( Santa) love this too,  AIBI Watch; (won on a giveaway, here    HAPPY NEW YEAR AND BEST WISHES FOR 2016!! jESS XO

Some other favorites on the Sandgren Clogs Website: The Chukka Boot and/ The Berkeley Boot clog-boots-chukka-purple-ash-2-260x304

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Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 

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Most clicked this week:   Alissa from the Adored Life. I love this windowpane cream and black dress! So elegant. Check out her curls!

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PINTEREST PIC OF THE WEEK! in love WITH THE CAPE THIS SEASON.  These and ponchos. Santa surprised me with one. Will share later. This burgundy cape is so luxe looking! Color and Grace

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38 Comments

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    Frances
    January 3, 2016 at 1:19 am

    http://www.patagoniastoreonline.com

    Lovely post! Very well written. Keep in touch.

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    Mary Murnane
    December 31, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Very cool boots, Jess! And of course I love the pics of your sweet doggies!

    Wishing you all the best in 2016! Happy, Happy New Year! Xox-M

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Mary!! My pups wag their tails when I get out the Santa suit.
      Same to you Mary! Best wishes xx

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    Thais Gomes
    December 31, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I love the boots and the green bag!

    Happy New Year Doll!
    BLOG | Taislany

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 4, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks so much! The RM bag was a great surprise! Stop by tomorrow for the linkup and happy new year! xx

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    jolylook
    December 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I grew up with clogs, I’m half Dutch you know and as I can remember they are comfortable to wear.

    Love your handbag that Santa brought

    Your puppy’s look so cute in their Christmas outfits.

    Happy New Year

    Catherine
    Joly Look

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    kelseybang
    December 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    love how you mixed all the grays! super cute outfit!

    kelseybang.com

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    Laurie Duncan
    December 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I love clogs and those are really cute! I have a pair of Dansko and hope to get another for spring! 🙂

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    Laura
    December 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Gorgeous bag! Love the color!

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    garaytreasures
    December 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Oh wow these boots look amazing. I have never seen clog boots before and they look so comfortable and of good quality too. Thanks for sharing these!
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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    Grace Liang
    December 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I may have to check it out about those cool boots. Looking so well made and comfy. You dogs are so cute. Of course always a big fan of your style! Thank you so much for featuring me. Happy New Year!

    Don’t forget to stop by for our fashion linkup party!
    Grace
    http://colorandgrace.com

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    thelifbissue
    December 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I really appreciate the story behind these clogs, they make everything so personal, love it. Hope you enjoyed the holdiays Jess. Love, Kirsten xx

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

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    asallows
    December 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love that little teal bag! It adds such a great pop of colour.

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    Dawn Lucy
    December 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Super cute! I’ve always loved clogs! And of course I love seeing your babies! Wishing you all the very best in 2016, Jess!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    Nicki
    December 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I loved this post! Being of Swedish heritage and a lover of all things Swedish, I am very interested in these boots. Sure do wish they would gift me a pair! They are soo cute, thanks for telling us about them!

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    Not Dressed As Lamb (@notlamb)
    December 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I’ve always been a fan of clogs, Jess, though I’ve only ever bought a pair of backless heeled ones that were on trend a few years ago… I rather love these boots! Before I wouldn’t have thought they’d suit your style but they totally do – love all the shades of grey!

    Thank you for hosting sweetie, and Happy New Year to you and yours 🙂

    Catherine xx
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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    Shauna
    December 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    You and the pups look so cute! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, and wishing you the happiest of New Years! Thank you for continuing to host the link up for us!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

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    Kim Tuttle
    December 29, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Love this look! Especially the color of your bag. Hope you enjoyed the holidays! Have a happy new year xo

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    Amy Ann
    December 29, 2015 at 9:58 am

    These sound like a really quality boot with great support. I like the ones you picked for your pretty grey outfit.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    stinedurfdl
    December 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Those boots are fabulous…solid but still so cool! And I’m loving the color. How cute are the pups in their little Christmas outfits?! My dogs would have a fit if I tried that…lol!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

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    sandypatti
    December 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Fabulous in grays, and I love those new boots. You’re right, the jewelry makes it all the more “you.” xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    December 29, 2015 at 8:16 am

    So cute! I had a pair of white clogs back in the day and wore them everywhere!
    Your dogs are adorable!

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    Elle Spann
    December 29, 2015 at 8:01 am

    i love all that grey! happy new year:)
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

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    Amy Johnson
    December 29, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Love your sweater and boots! Those tights are so cute too! Adorable puppies!

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    shbowdoin
    December 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Hi Jess,

    The clog booties are so cute and so are your little doggies, all decked out for Christmas. May you have a blessed New Year!

    Shellie
    http://www.thefabjourney.com

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    Monica
    December 29, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Loving this casual look. I really love gray too. And oh my goodness your fur babies!!!! They are too cute!

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

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    Jess
    December 29, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Hi Mica, this is my first love bag but own about 4 or 5 other Rebecca Minkoff bags currently, she has always been a favorite.? Christmas was great, Have s happy New Year friend!
    Thanks for linking to Turning heads Tuesday!
    Jess xx

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    Tiina L
    December 29, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Jättebra! That was Swedish for super great ( my Swedish is a bit rusty…) quality and craftmanship is getting so rare these days, and it is extra important in shoes. And I just have to say your dogs look so cute! Happy new year, Jess!

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      Jess
      December 29, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Hi Tiina! Love it, yes I was impressed with their history and workmanship, have to have great shoes, and these may stand the test of time! Happy New Year! Jess xx

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    Alex
    December 29, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Those booties are great. I also love the grey lace up ones. It’s great that they are looking out for the tradition and craftsmanship. It’s been neglected a lot with goods in general recently and I think it really shows in the product.

    Also, you are looking great in grey and of course, the dogs are making adorable santas 🙂

    Thanks for hosting and wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Alex – Funky Jungle

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    Irene Papadopoulou
    December 29, 2015 at 3:11 am

    so pretty! love the booties
    thank you for hosting the link up
    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

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    Katie D (Hello Katie Girl)
    December 29, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Love your bag! The color is just gorgeous! I also adore the clog boots. Thanks for hosting!

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    Rebecca
    December 29, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Wow love how sturdy and chic those boots are! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

    Rebecca
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    Mica
    December 29, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Your dogs are so cute in their little Christmas outfits, adorable!

    Also, pleased to see Santa brought you your first RM bag, woo-hoo! It really is love isn’t it? I have that style and I’m smitten with it too.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you had a merry Christmas!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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