WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The Swedish shoe label is a go-to for sleek boots, chunky loafers and all things minimalist.
In ode to Copenhagen Fashion Week – which took place this week in a new digital-only format – and all things Scandinavian elegance, we’re turning our attention to Swedish shoemaker Vagabond.
The label has a long history in the shoe business, having been founded in the early ’70s as a men’s brand and expanded into unisex shoes – a real first at the time – followed by women’s collections.
To this day, the label remains a big player in the footwear scene, with its own production facility in Vietnam, stores around the world and a dedicated fan base that’s always turning to the brand for its sleek silhouettes and minimalist colour palettes. Some of its most recent highlights include tall boots with sharp square toes and mannish loafers, that hark back to the brand’s origins as a men’s shoemaker.
The brand embraces its flair for androgynous, no-fuss shoes on its Instagram feed too, which is filled with black and white imagery that spotlight Scandinavian minimalism in all its glory.
The bonus is that while aesthetics and quality remain high, prices are accessible: They tend to range from 80 euros for a pair of loafers to 280 euros for a pair of boots.
We are shoemakers at heart and soul. We want to make great looking shoes for people in all corners of the world and we believe that great design does not have to cost a fortune,” said the label’s co-founder and creative director Marie Nilsson Peterzen.
The Scandi fashion scene has always turned to Vagabond for its footwear staples, but the brand is now getting more and more international attention – Katie Holmes recently joined the fan club, pairing the brand’s Cosmo 2.0 penny loafer with a checkered Khaite coat for a stroll around New York City.
Like many of its Scandi peers, the label has also made impressive commitments on the sustainability front, with a ‘Shoe Bring Back’ scheme available in its stores across Europe, where customers get to bring back unwanted pairs of shoes for Vagabond factories to recycle them. It’s also working towards some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including the use of fully sustainable textiles and leathers from certified tanneries.