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Suecos® and Northern Mythology?

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Did you know that all our Suecos® models are named after Nordic Mythology? Find out what Nordic Mythology says about your favourite model. 

Suecos® cofounders Jonna and Andreas were inspired by their Viking roots not just when it came to choose the company’s logo but also when choosing their shoe model’s names. From Alva to Thor we try to always find a little bit of similarity between the particular clog and the actual corresponding character in Nordic mythology. Would you like to find out how your favourite model’s name is derived from Nordic Mythology?

All of what we relate to Nordic Mythology today has actually its origins in two transcriptions in old Icelandic language from between the 8th and 12th centuries: the EDDA. These poetic literature works tell fascinating Scandinavian sagas of gods and heroes, poetic and heroic legends and songs of uncompromisingly just Nordic Mythology. And really, to us EDDA describes the evolution of professional footwear best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

ODEN was inspired by the father of gods Odin, the head of the Norse gods, also known as „Wodan“ or „Wotan“ His all-embracing wisdom and infinite thirst for knowledge were his most forming and important characteristics.  Many saw in him the source of wisdom and a wanderer in search of truth and knowledge. As highest god of the Vikings he was also a dreaded and powerful god of war, honoured for his strength and skill. ODEN is our most versatile shoe with its non-slip rubber outer sole (SRA) and great shock absorbing properties. It is not just super comfortable to wear but also wise foresight for your health and safety at work.

 

THOR, son of Odin equals Hercules of the Roman gods and stands for strength, consistency and reliability. He was honest, uncomplicated and stood up bravely and intensely with passion for his goals. His most important characteristic was his enormous power as glorious hero and god of war. Seafaring people such as the Vikings worshiped THOR as god of the weather and thunder. THOR withstands heavy strain and comes with extreme slip resistant outer sole (suitable for soapy and oily kitchen floors, SRC) and reinforced upper material in the toe and heel area.

Thor and LOKI were unlike each other but also inseparable. LOKI resembles Greek Prometheus, his name is also associated with “luck”. He is the clever and smart god of fire, half god and half giant; a shape shifter. He supports others as a cunning and resourceful advisor and plays tricks... LOKI is colourful, cheeky and for the whole family. 

Loki adored FREYA in unrequited love, the goddess of beauty and love, joy and fertility. Comparable to Venus of the Roman gods or the Greek Aphrodite she is the most renowned of the Norse goddesses. FREYA weeps tears of gold. Our beautiful FREYA comes in gold, silver and white, for the extra feminine touch.

FRIDA means „my love“ in old Nordic language. The name can also be seen as a modification of Freya. We love our FRIDA: uncomplicated and feminine, now available in black!

 

Our flip-flop ALVA (Swedish: Älva, for elves), makes us think of elves: mythical creatures of nature who belong to Freya, the goddess of fertility. These luminous figures or nature spirits are said to be long living or immortal with magic powers and of great beauty who live closely with nature. Elves, no matter if men or women, are youthful with distinctive pointed ears and are known to be great magicians and archers. Follow the footsteps of an elf and enjoy young and beautiful design!

 

BO was inspired by Odin’s son Baldur, the most gentle and loved of all gods of Nordic mythology. Baldur comes from the Nordic word for "the luminous" or "the shining" and is god of pureness, truth, beauty and justice. Our BO has charisma and when worn simply is „très beau“!

 

SKOLL or Skalli, is described as a giant wolf in Scandinavian mythology, who is relentlessly following the goddess of the sun across the sky making the sun hurry. The origins of the name Skalli are related to “striker” in literature. SKOLL conquers the hearts of all those, who look for exceptional cost efficiency.

 

NORDIC derives from Njörd, the patron god of sailors and fishermen. He rules over the winds at sea, oceans and fire. As god of fruitfulness Njörd bestows harvest. He is a very friendly god who embodies the calm sea and good weather. Playful seals and swans are his favourite animals and are sacred to him. He is very wealthy and generously grants goods to his followers; therefore he is also regarded as "prince of the people". NORDIC stands for comfort in every situation.

ANDOR is short for Arn Thór and means “god “ in Nordic Mythology. ANDOR is our sleek and minimalistic response to work footwear. 

 By the way, the name Suecos® is a Spanish wordplay; it means "Swedes", but also "clogs" when spelled with a "z" instead of an "s"(zuecos). Since the company was founded by two Swedes in Spain, with the idea of improving and innovating the classical "swedish clog", we couldn't think of a more perfect name.

 

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Make a difference

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Ina Schumann

Did you know that with every online purchase at Suecos® you are supporting a charity project for children in need?

With your purchase online, our charity campaign “A clog for a clog” will give a pair of protective clogs to a barefoot child through a collaborating charity. Thanks to you we have already been able to send thousands of Suecos® clogs to children in need in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic over the past few years.

We are now planning our next project in cooperation with the NGO Infancia sin Fronteras. They advocate for basic needs to enable peaceful coexistence between nations and support to alleviate the effects of war and natural disasters on civilians with special emphasis on children and their mothers being more vulnerable in such situations. Infancia sin Fronteras are especially active in Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Bolivia – with the aim to primarily support the socially underprivileged without any discrimination.

In doing their work they focus on following three main goals:    

  1. Stimulate awareness in society by informing, educating and mobilizing broader population groups and supporting child welfare in underdeveloped countries.    
  2. Humanitarian aid    
  3. International development cooperation through identifying relevant problems, carrying out projects, cooperation with local communities and opponents in order to improve actual living conditions; and the groundwork for developing a future for a country’s population and particularly their children.

For instance, Infancia sin Fronteras has been working in Nicaragua reaching 14.000 children in 24 development centres for over 10 years enabling free access to meals, education, medical and psychological attention. After years of hard work a variety of education possibilities have opened up to all age groups of the population: primary and elementary schools, professional education and creative craftwork. They have also worked with young mothers and consolidation of local capacities and skills.

With special thanks to Infancia sin Fronteras, Suecos® can be part of their charity project and we are very grateful to our clients: without YOU this wouldn’t be possible!

Find out more about our charity campaign "A clog for a clog".

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3 Tips & Tricks to keep your feet healthy during the cold winter

Posted on December 03, 2013 by Suecos EN

Oh Christmas, Lovely Christmas...

For a big amount of people, one of the loveliest times of the year is considered to be the Christmas holidays. But beside from all of the wonderful things Christmas brings, we also know that the expense of buying gifts, the stressful last minute shopping, the mammoth food shops and the bunch of other stuff that comes along with the preparation for the very Christmas day can result in something that appears as familiar to many as the Christmas holidays does itself. Yes, we are talking about the well-known Christmas-stress and the all of the walking and standing that comes along with it.
Many people have probably pulled out their boots and sneakers already, into which they are able shove back their feet in during the cold and wet weather that comes along with the Christmas holidays. The health and appearance of the feet are therefore often forgotten, even though podiatrists claim that it is in high degree of importance to stay vigilant about foot care during the winter time since the cold climate, combined with the running you feel required to do, easily contribute to massive foot-, and health problems overall.
Here at Suecos we already know how important it is to stay away from these health problems but also how very easy it actually is, and a big step on the way is to invest in a pair of comfortable indoor shoes in which you can give your feet a rest after the cold walk they were put through in your winter shoes.
Below we have listed three very simple tips & tricks for you to think of now just before the arrival of the Christmas.
As we all know, it is always good to be prepared before the actual Christmas stress itself takes over.

1. INVEST IN SOME GOOD SHOES!
It is of high importance to own proper footwear for the winter. Spring will come to us sooner than we think, but until then we have to think of to keep our feet in a warm, dry and comfortable place. Keeping your feet healthy during the cold winter times will later on help you to have these fresh and representative summer feet you wish to have when the time for sandals comes.




2. 
INVEST IN SOCKS AND INSOLES MADE FOR COLDER CLIMATE!
Thick and breathable socks and insoles that also wick away moisture are to recommend, because when
your feet continue to sweat in colder temperatures, socks and insoles must promote air circulation and remove perspiration.


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. MAINTAIN THE FOOT CARE REGIME DURING THE WINTER AS WELL!
We know that your feet are very likely to spend a lot of time hidden in your shoes since they honestly don’t have much to do outside in the cold weather. This is the reason why you have to be very careful with maintaining the foot care regime during the winter as well. Keep a careful watch at your feet while washing them to make sure that you don’t suffer from any early signs of foot problems!

But maybe most important
– Take your time to sit down and breathe during the stress that might come to hit you.
Nothing will be as good as you expect it to be if you yourself dont feel good,
so always take care of yourself and your health before you try to take care of everything else that comes along with the Christmas.


We at Suecos® wish you a Merry Christmas!

With an extra thought of our winter feet during lovely December month, Suecos® will have a special Christmas-offer only for you and your feet! Once you buy a pair of Skoll shoes to help your feet to keep healthy, you will not only get the shoes themselves but on the purchase you will also get a pair of insoles included in the price as you normally would have paid only for the shoes! A small Christmas gift from us at Suecos, for you!

Visit Skoll Collection HERE!

Posted in Christmas, December, Feet, Footcare, Health, Inspiration, Products, Sales, Shoes, Tips, Tricks, Winter, Wintershoes

Our inspiration boards

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Suecos EN

Why does work wear have to be boring?

Here at Suecos® we believe that you can be fabulous in all aspects of life. Having fun with fashion also includes your professional attire: from the socks you wear with your Suecos®, to the coat you mix-and-match with your uniform on your way to work.

From our labs we’ve been having a lot of fun creating these looks, so that we can inspire you as a professional but also to inspire ourselves as designers! We strongly believe that creativity should be present in every moment of your life, and that’s why we encourage you to create your own look and send us a picture. It’s not necessary to work in the fashion industry to be a fashionista, you just have to be a PROFASHIONAL.

 

If you want to check out more looks, don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, where we’ll keep on sharing ideas and inspiration for the modern professional.

Posted in fashion, inspiration