The best soft sole leather baby shoes and sandals in Australia – Kit & Kate
Kit & Kate are an online Australian baby shoe & sandal store (children's boutique) specialising in soft soled, natural leather shoes for babies, toddlers and young children. Made for both little boys and girls, our unique baby shoe designs are created right here in Perth, Western Australia (where we are based). Suitable for any occasion including day-care, parties, kindergarten, playground and daily use they are the perfect accessory and can be matched with dresses, jumpers, pants and the like.
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Our super comfortable yet stylish shoes are available in baby shoe sizes to suit little ones aged 6 months, 1, 2, 3 and 4 years (check out our baby / toddler shoe size guide / conversion chart) as they take their first few baby steps and learn how to walk.They are also the perfect gift for birthdays (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th), christenings, baby showers especially when you run out of baby gift ideas. Not sure about what baby clothes or shoes to choose as a birthday present? Then choose from one of our convenient online gift cards / vouchers for the perfect baby gift set or hamper.
How it all started
While a little cliche, it all started with (once I had all the other things sorted like toys, clothes, strollers, car-seats, socks and mittens) trying to find a pair of classic, stylish (yet comfortable) shoes; which my son wouldn’t take off within 5 seconds of me putting them on. In other words, the perfect pair of baby shoes. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was learning all about the benefits of soft soled shoes, shoemaking, baby shoe sizes and sizing considerations, drawing up designs and creating beautiful shoes that my children would love and wear.
It didn’t take long before I started thinking about how great it would be to share my designs so that other children (and mums) could also enjoy them. I have to admit that the encouragement from some of my friends (you know who you are) helped me put together the courage to take the plunge!
From the outset, we decided that we would not have a storefront as I wanted to balance the business with time with my children and family. That of course meant an online store which in itself was quite a challenge. Thankfully, between my husband and I, we managed to work through most of the details ourselves to get our store online and out there. Next came getting the word out there which meant learning how to create a profile on social media (check out our Instagram and Facebook pages) as well as search engine optimisation.
We even did a few local markets initially which were enormous fun but we found that they took us away from the children during our all important weekends, something that I was hoping that the business would not do.
Located in Perth, Western Australia
We are a Perth based online baby shoe store where we love our sun and our beaches! Each and every pair is carefully packed by us right here in the Northern Suburbs of Perth, Western Australia with a hand written note, our way of saying thank you for supporting us.
We love shoes (especially baby shoes)
We believe that our love of baby shoes is what differentiates us the other big name brands like Zara, Adidas, Reebok, Nike and Bobux and the big stores like BigW, Target and Kmart. At Kit & Kate, we believe that our soft, hand-made, breathable, natural leather baby, toddler and children's shoes and sandals allow children to develop naturally as they progress towards making those long awaited first steps and beyond. All our shoes are designed with the child and mama in mind and our business’s core values: Comfort, Quality and Style, Accessible to Everyone.
As a result, our shoes are cleverly designed, to be super comfortable, and able to be slipped on and off easily when required yet be secure, even on the most active of little feet (as tested and confirmed by my own children) because we love both shoes and children and know that our Australian conditions are a little different to the rest of the world.
Child tested and approved
Our designs have been developed and tested on real children (including my own who love them). After all, what is the point of a beautiful shoe if a child won’t wear them?
Made for fun and adventures
While a little bit pricier, we have chosen to make our shoes out of natural (real) leather both for it’s beauty as well as its durability. We encourage you (and your little ones) to use them to their fullest (although do watch out for sharp rocks and abrasive surfaces as they aren’t indestructible) we say as childhood is about fun!
Keepsakes to remind us of years gone past
By choosing leather, our shoes develop a lovely patina as they age and make a lovely keepsake to remind us of how cute and adorable their little feet were (especially when they become teenagers who are taller than we are!
Sustainability and looking after our planet
We have only one planet. We chose to make our shoes from leather and minimise the use of synthetic materials for this reason as leather is a natural, renewable product (one of the main reasons we don’t have plastic crocs in our store
How our shoes are designed
We get inspiration for our designs from the great timeless classics which never go out of style. A little Chanel sprinkled with a touch of Louboutin topped with a hint of Choo we sometimes say!
However, it isn’t as simple as just replicating those designs as we put a lot of thought and effort into updating them today’s fashions but more importantly making sure that we translate their design intent into something that is suitable for a baby or toddler who has delicate little feet, and is learning how to walk. After all, it just wouldn’t do to put a 1 year old in a set of stilletto’s!
While this may sound straightforward, trust us, it isn’t. Every detail has to be though through. From shoe dimensions (too cute, too grown up?) to colours, to little decorative details, they all make a difference. The first thing that we start with of course are specially shaped lasts for baby and little children’s feet.
Contrary to popular believe, proper baby shoes are not just shrunken adult shoes as baby feet have quite different dimensions to those of grown ups. In parallel to the aesthetic design, we also consider various practicalities like fit, fastenings (easy to put on, impossible for kids to take off) and comfort.
This process often takes months of communication between our design team and our manufacturer as we sweat all of the small details to to get to the finished (and we hope perfect) product.
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A word of thanks
Thank you so much for visiting our store. We do hope that you enjoyed the experience and found something that you like or love! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us using the link below!