I am a big fan of all things Scandinavian. Mr Brogue and I have watched all the dramas – The Killing, Borgen, The Bridge (favourite) and now Mammon. Hey, we even watch the film Trollhunter (TROLL STENCH! That’s a private joke for the very few of you that will have watched that one). We’re slowly but surely building up a collection of Danish mid-century modern furniture; as I write this I’m leaning on a Hans Olsen table and sitting on its matching iconic tripod chair, which looks great but is a bit lethal at dinner parties after a couple glasses of wine (we’ve had a few topples!). And this love of Skandi style now extends to my shoe collection, as in the last couple of months I’ve discovered that shoes from brands like Filippa K (above) are amongst the most comfortable – and chic – I’ve ever put on my feet.
I love that the design of Skandi shoes seems to echo the aesthetic of the furniture that I love so much. For the most part, they’re extremely simple and streamlined, but there’s always an extra little touch that makes you totally fall in love with them. With the Filippa K shoes, it’s those perforated holes – a refreshing change from a brogue. The Vagabond trainers below are a classic running shoe style, but then that black woven fabric provides more interest than you’d get with a pair of New Balance (they’re also far more comfortable than New Balance but don’t tell anyone I said that!).
A brand you might not have heard of – I hadn’t – but that a Swedish friend tipped me off about is Minimarket. It doesn’t just sell shoes and the clothes are really cool too. I can’t vouch for their comfort as I haven’t tried a pair myself, but I love these cut out designs below, particularly the black slip-ons.
And of course, you’ll recognise & Other Stories – sister brand to H&M – from the high street. I love this shop not only for shoes but its bags are GORGEOUS too, so well worth having a look if you haven’t already. All of these brands are Swedish but come next season be sure to check out Danish brand DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. It has sold out of its summer flats but I was lucky enough to attend the AW14 catwalk show in Copenhagen earlier this year (read about it here) and there were some lovely lace-ups that I’m looking forward to seeing on sale. Right, I’m off to visit the inlaws. “Tak” for reading!