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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M Review

I know I'm a little late on the Swedish Hasbeens for H&M review, but that's partly due to the fact that they were not distributed very widely. In fact, they were only available in 3 California stores: Powell St. in San Francisco, Beverly Center, and South Coast Plaza. After recruiting (bribing, really) a kind and willing family member to pick up two pairs for me per my instructions from the well-stocked Orange County store, and finally getting them on my feet a week later, I found the sizing to run big. Both of my sandals are US size 7, and they might as well be size 8. At this point, the store is sold out in these two styles, but they still have the tan and white three-buckle wedges. Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be exchanging for size 6. Now on to the details of the review.

The lace-up wedges, which retail for $69.95, are my favorite pair. I warmed up to them after putting them on and noting their versatility. The laces make them adjustable, while the vamp is made of neutral-hued stamped leather, which adds both interest and depth. There is adequate arch support, and the wooden soles feel both light and sturdy. My only issue is with the sizing; there is almost an inch of extra length in the soles.

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M lace up wedge sandal

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M lace up wedge sandal

The red sandals, which retail for $59.95, also run big. (This style looks similar to this "Pearl" style by Swedish Hasbeens.) The heel is just under 3" with a .75" platform at the toe, and like the other pair, there is great arch support, a leather upper, and a light, yet solid wooden heel. Upon close inspection, I noticed that the leather edges of the straps are slightly shredding, but it's nothing that a few snips of the scissors can't fix. Both pairs have rubber soles. I found the wedges to be a bit heavier than the red sandals. The wedges have a higher heel at 3.5" with a 1" platform. In conclusion, for anyone planning to buy the Swedish Hasbeens for H&M, I recommend buying a size smaller because they run large. Overall, though, I'm happy with my picks and think they'll be fun to style with some of my maxi dresses, rompers, and flowy floral shorts this summer.



Swedish Hasbeens for H&M red sandals

The red pair is similar to this cross strap style by Swedish Hasbeens ($159).



Swedish Hasbeens for H&M red sandals

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