I went shoe shopping the other day. I’m not much of a shoe person (hello nail polish, and dresses) but for some reason, my last three purchases have been shoes. Must be the changing weather. Goodbye boots, hello gorgeous, colourful, fun summer wear. Now we’ve just got to wait for those May showers to turn into May flowers.
Being an adult, there are so much great choices for sustainable footwear out there. Like these ones by Celtic & Co, these ones by Po-Zu, or if you are a guy, these ones by Herring Shoes or these ones by Crown Northampton.
What about all the little ones running around though?
Luckily we’ve got some ideas.
If it’s sunshine you need, take a look at these T-bar brogues from The Little Shoemaker. They’re made in the south coast of England, and have a contemporary vintage feel to them.
Looking for baby shoes? We’ve got a whole selection from Inch Blue, a Blue Patch collective member. Made in Wales from good quality leather, little feet can dance in some very cute designs. These ones are the Crocodile Turquoise/Tangerine shoes.
For something a bit more unusual, we have the Shandal® by Ruth Emily Davey, another Blue Patch collective member. Part shoe, part sandals, it’s the support you get from a shoe with all the fun of a summer sandal! Made in Wales.
Who had MaryJanes growing up? We all did, I think. It’s one of those classic shoes that will stay around forever. Made in London by Vevian, this is the Maria in Red. Handmade, with a ribbon tie. I’m loving that bright, vibrant colour!
Then there are these lace up boots by Chapter 2, handcrafted in the UK by a husband and wife team. Unisex, you could always get them to make you a matching belt for these Jackdaw boots in Fox.
Finally, if you need a pair of socks to go with your new shoes, check out Corrymoor’s kidsocks. Loads of colours to keep those toes warm.
Know another kids shoe brand that you love? Let us know!
Preeti is the Marketing Manager at Blue Patch. Born and raised in India, she spent some time in the US, completing a degree in Psychology and Biology, after which she moved to the UK in 2010 to study an MSc in Finance and Management. She can often be found obsessing over her plants, trying to clamp down on an ever-increasing collection of nail polish or exploring and taking photos of random corners of London. When it comes to shoes, however, she is mostly a boots-and-flats with a few pairs of heels thrown in for variety kinda gal but this year she expanded her horizon, adding some trainers to the mix!