For a long time I was planning to create a new section on the website that will be targeting a little bit different audience , the parents. As a parent myself I am familiar with a need to create something for your kids, something that you made with your hands, and maybe someone will not agree, but I guess if you are a part of this platform you are on my side.
Shoes for kids is a huge market but as everything else, what they sell in the stores doesn’t always equal to your expectations, the quality, the look and materials. So if this is the situation and we are learning to make shoes for us on this platform, why not to make shoes for our kids too. Those were my thoughts and that is why I planed and will open soon, kids shoes section, on the website. I don’t have the exact dates for launching this, but I can assure you it will happen soon, probably after we will finish the footwear design course.
Now, as I was planning to make those “Kid Shoes” courses I was strictly thinking about old school training, from A to Z, using kids shoe lasts as it should be, but then I encountered a problem. Recently, about a month ago, my daughter ( 3 years old) pointed out that if I am a footwear designer I should probably make her a pair of good looking shoes. As busy as I am I could not ignore her first recognition of me and my profession, so I decided to make her shoes.
I had no idea that finding children last could be such a problem. I did eventually and we will have kid shoes courses with a last, but then obviously I started thinking about you, my dear members, parents and footwear junkies.
The solution to this problem meant , making two types of courses with a last and without a last. My personal problem with kids shoes that are made without shoe last is that they always look floppy, loose, and I always associate them with slippers. So this past month I made a lot of testing, a lot of semi shoes and after a long trial and error I made kids shoes without a last. I combined technique, pattern making and design as we always do, with an absence of a last, to create good looking shoes.
I am actually had a doubt about it at first but it was a lesson for me as well , there is no limitations, using our skills and creativity we can do great things. Yesterday me and my daughter went for a walk in her new pair of designer shoes that mommy made, here are some pictures.
I personally enjoyed the process , let me know what you think in the comment section.
Shoes for Kids are not much different than making shoes for adults, it is practically the same thing. We will be making the same footwear construction on the kid’s shoe last.