When my daughter was a baby, I had trouble finding soft-soled shoes for her that I liked. I wanted something cute but simple, nothing too fussy, and different from the mass-produced shoes I was finding in stores and online. Since nothing suited my tastes I decided to try my hand at shoemaking. I've been sewing since i was a little girl, and even as a child I always preferred to make my own patterns, so designing my own shoe pattern was the obvious choice for me.
After some trial and error (and more error- you should see my collection of rejected pattern pieces and broken needles!) I developed my first successful shoe pattern. Since then I've adapted, updated and modified my original pattern and have designed several unique and original soft-soled shoes for babies and toddlers.
From simple ballet flats to scallop-trimmed moccasins to snap-sided boots, every pair is completely handcrafted by me. They feature genuine suede or leather uppers with sturdy suede soles to provide traction for new walkers. My shoes are durable and well-made; my daughter has outgrown every pair I've made for her before they ever wore out.
A lot of people have asked me why I don't start selling my shoes. I have made a few pairs for friends and family, but I've never taken the plunge into actually offering my designs for sale on a larger scale. The main reason for this is the leather: I usually use scrap leather to make the shoes so I often only have enough of each colour to make just one or maybe two pairs. In order to be able to make shoes to sell I'd have to buy leather in quantity, and that takes money. This is where you come in! I'm raising funds to pay for:
- leather and suede hides in a variety of colours
- a wholesale membership to the leather supply store
- transportation to and from the leather supply store
- assorted supplies and equipment such as needles, thread, elastic, snaps and snap setters, better quality scissors, ink & paper for printing patterns, etc
I hope you'll consider backing this project, and sharing it with your family and friends on twitter, facebook, tumblr, etc. With your help I can turn my cobbling hobby into something real and successful.
I will be making & sending out rewards to $5 and $25 backers in late August, as well as the $200/$225/$250 backers. I'll also be contacting the $10/$15/$20/$40 backers in late August to get their colour/message choices for the custom banners. In early September I'll contact the $50/$75/$100 backers with the available colour options, and once I've received their replies I'll start making and sending their rewards as well. All rewards will be mailed no later than November 30th, 2014.
During the fall I'll also be making and photographing sample shoes and boots and I hope to have everything ready to launch the line in my shop in January, 2015.
Risks and challenges
I do 100% of the work for my shoes, from designing to cutting & sewing to shipping, so the only risk and challenge is the possibility that this campaign is too successful and I'm swamped with orders. However, I feel fully confident in my abilities to get both backer rewards and any subsequent orders out on time.
Since 2010 I've run a successful etsy shop with almost 1,000 sales to date. I sell mostly custom made items and I've never shipped an order more than two days late (and even this has only happened once or twice). My five-star seller rating speaks for itself.
Depending on the success of this campaign I will be limiting the number of shoe orders I take at one time to ensure I don't find myself overwhelmed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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