We carefully source our brands from all over the world and select the best designs from each one. We look for shoes that offer a great fit and enable us to accommodate every possible type and shape of foot. We test and measure all of the shoes ourselves to ensure the best possible fitting guidance. Our wide choice of brands and styles, unprecedented product knowledge and helpful customer service means you are sure to find something to suit your little one. Here is an overview of the brands we stock and why we chose to stock them as part of our range.
Who are they - Aigle is a French footwear company who have been making rubber boots since their formation in 1853. They are known for high quality, simple and well-designed products. A fairly recent addition to our range but they have been very popular with our customers.
What styles do we stock - Children's wellington Boots
Width - Narrow to medium
Barefoot credentials - A truly barefoot wellington boot is the holy grail but the Aigle range has a lot of good barefoot characteristics. They are made from natural rubber with a lovely flexible rubber sole. Soft and lightweight these boots have good durability, a nice round toe box, very minimal heel and a great slip resistant sole.
Who are they - Be Lenka is a Slovakian company which started out producing wraps for baby wearing. Fortunately they turned to barefoot shoes and now produce a range of fantastic adult barefoot options.
What styles do we stock - Adult shoes and boots.
Width - The toe box is also one the widest we have seen and is a great option for the widest feet and fit a good range of foot shapes.
Barefoot credentials - One of the most barefoot brands we stock with the thinnest and most flexible soles in our range with great ground feel through the sole.
Who are they - A Chinese manufacturer of wellington boots. They have manufactured a range of budget wellington boots exclusively for Happy Little Soles.
What styles do we stock - Children's wellington boots
Width - Suitable for medium width feet.
Barefoot credentials - A true barefoot wellington boot is the holy grail but these are a good option if you are looking for a budget option. They are really lightweight, lovely and flexible with a nice round toe box, a great slip resistant sole and a minimal heel. They are quite soft rubber though so we don't recommend for heavy use on hard surfaces eg tarmac or concrete.
Who are they - A great brand from New Zealand. We LOVE Bobux and they are one of our best-selling brands at Happy Little Soles.
What styles do we stock - The Bobux range is split into two. The Step-Up range is designed for little ones who are just starting to take their first steps (sizes EU18-EU22). The i-walk and Kid+ range cover everything from EU23 to EU33. In both ranges Bobux have got pretty much every style of shoe covered.
Width - One of our 'go-to' options for narrow and medium width feet.
Barefoot credentials - Bobux now has a number of different soles in its range, all are a nice soft rubber and zero drop but each one offers a different fit, sole thickness and flexibility. Under each product we have specified which sole is used so do check the product details before ordering. The white Play sole is the softest and most flexible in the range. The tan sole is a medium width with a lovely thin and flexible sole which a good range of options to fit different widths and insteps. As with all Bobux shoes, they are made from eco-friendly and high quality, breathable leather with a natural, non-slip rubber sole.
Who are they - Based in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, Bogs are experts at making weatherproof footwear. They have over forty years of experience at keeping feet warm and dry in their unforgiving environment. They have been a favourite of ours for a number of years now and are one of our best-sellers during the winter months.
What styles do we stock - Our children's range of snow boots grows year on year and we have recently added some adult styles as well.
Width - The Baby Bogs are a good option for all but the widest feet whereas the B-Moc styles offer a really wide fit.
Barefoot credentials - The range of Baby Bogs are one of the most barefoot thermal boot styles we offer. They are made from fabric which means they are extremely lightweight and flexible. The B-Moc and Adult boots are not as barefoot as the Baby Bogs but do offer a really good wide toe box and some great thermal properties for coldest climates.
Who are they - Bundgaard is a Danish brand founded in 1904 and is Scandinavia's oldest children's shoe manufacturer. The brand is known for quality and classic Scandinavian design. A fairly recent addition to our range, we have been delighted to find a wider fitting wellington boot and they have been a big hit with our customers.
What styles do we stock - A range of classic children's wellington boots and thermal boots.
Width - Ideal for medium to wide feet. They have a super wide and square shaped toe box, the widest fit in our wellington collection.
Barefoot credentials - A 100% barefoot wellington boot is a real challenge but the Bundgaard Classic Wellingtons come pretty close. They have a super wide and square shaped toe box with a flexible sole and a very minimal heel rise. The thermal boots use the same sole but are a little heavier.
Who are they - Camper are a contemporary footwear brand from the island of Mallorca, Spain. Founded in 1975, they are a family business with a rich shoemaking heritage that they use to create unique designs. A brand that is growing rapidly in popularity with our customers.
What styles do we stock - Shoes and boots for both children and adults. They also have a couple of good school shoe options as well. We only stock the Pet sole and the Kids Right sole units as the rest of the range is not barefoot friendly.
Width -The Kids Peu is quite wide fitting whereas in the adult range it is a medium-wide option, similar in width to Vivobarefoot. The ballerina style Right shoe is more suited to narrower feet.
Barefoot credentials - Both Right and Peu are a great barefoot option with a lightweight, thin, flexible and zero drop sole.
Who are they - A fantastic barefoot brand from Finland. Feelmax were founded in 1993 with a mission to develop new products for healthier feet. Introduced into our range in 2017 and they have been a big hit ever since.
What styles do we stock - A range of trainers, sandals and boots for children and also a couple of adult trainer options.
Width - The shoes are a wider fit but with a good velcro closure to adjust to lots of foot types.
Barefoot credentials - Specialist barefoot brand. Their soles are zero-drop, thin and flexible and incredibly lightweight. They also have a wide toe box.
Who are they - Freet are a UK company designing simple, Vegan-friendly barefoot shoes. They design and develop all of their shoes in the UK and focus on a pared down range of shoes for walking, running and everyday leisure.
What styles do we stock - We offer a small range of trainers for children and walking boots for adults.
Width - A good option for medium to wide feet.
Barefoot credentials - Specialist barefoot brand. They carry all the hallmarks of a barefoot shoe!
Who are they - Hailing from sunny Croatia Froddo is a small company with an individual approach to shoe design. We originally started stocking Froddo's lovely range of pre-walkers and first shoes which have a flexible rubber sole. Recently we have expanded our range with the introduction of their cosy winter boots and school shoes.
What styles do we stock - Children's winter boots, school shoes and pre-walkers.
Width - A good option for narrow to medium feet.
Barefoot credentials - The pre-walker range are barefoot. The boots and school shoes are not as barefoot as some of the other brands we stock but they are a good option for narrower feet and they have some barefoot characteristics.
Who are they - Kinder Feet make hand-made, truly ethical, eco-friendly, and stylish and funky children's shoes. Every single step of the production process is traceable and materials are sourced very carefully. They use only the eco-friendliest leather available on the market worldwide The end result is that Kinder Feet are able to offer the softest, most comfortable little leather shoes which children love wearing!
What styles do we stock - Super soft leather shoes for chldren. Ideal for use as slippers or indoor shoes for school, nursery and PE.
Width - They have an elasticated ankle to fit lots of different foot shapes.
Barefoot credentials - 100% barefoot.
Livie and Luca
Who are they - Livie and Luca are a US brand who are known for their fun, colourful and funky footwear! One of our longest serving brands and there are a lot of different options in their range. Make sure you check out the gorgeous Elephant shoes... They are one of our favourites!
What styles do we stock - Lots of different styles for children. From school shoes to winter boots, Livie and Luca have got it covered.
Width - They have a number of different sole types so there are options for all widths, however the majority of their range is suited to wider feet.
Barefoot credentials - Each sole has different charcteristics, none of which are truly 100% barefoot. The Turf sole is the most barefoot and possesses a lot of barefoot credentials, whereas the Honeycomb, Dancer and Trac soles also have some good barefoot properties. We do not stock styles on the Sprinter or Path sole as they are not barefoot.
Melton & Mikk-Line
Who are they - Mikk-line and Melton are sister brands from Denmark operating in the high performance outdoor clothing and footwear market for children. They specialise in quality and reliability and offer a wide range of products under the 'Danish Design' concept which they interpret as colourful, fresh and fashionable.
What styles do we stock - Children's thermal boots and wellington boots. We also stock a range of their socks and pre-walkers.
Width - Their thermal boots are a great option for wider and deeper feet with the standard wellingtons being more medium width.
Barefoot credentials - Their pre-walker range is barefoot. As mentioned earlier it is near impossible to find a true barefoot wellington boot and thermal boots are even more challenging. However the Melton and Mikk-Line range have some good barefoot credentials. The thermal boots are light, flexible and have a nice wide, deep toe box. The Mikk-Line wellington boots are really lightweight, lovely and flexible with a nice round toe box. They do have a minimal heel but they are one of the most barefoot wellington boots we have found on the market.
Who are they - Merrell is an American footwear company founded by Clark Matis, Randy Merrell, and John Schweizer in 1981.
What styles do we stock - A range of adult trainers.
Width - Narrow to Medium.
Barefoot credentials - There are 3 barefoot sole types in the range, all with zero drop and super flexible soles. The Trail Glove has a slightly thicker outsole at 5.5mm and a stack height of 11.5mm. The new Move Glove has a grippier sole with a super-thin outsole of 1.5mm and an overall stack height of 9.5mm. The Vapour Glove is the ultimate barefoot trainer with a 1.5mm outsole and 6.5mm stack height. The Parkway casual shoes use the same sole as Trail Glove whereas the Luna casual shoes are on the Vapour Glove sole.
Who are they - Moccis are cosy and practical moccasin slipper socks made in Sweden.
What styles do we stock - Slipper socks for children. Perfect for home, nursery and playgroup, the perfect indoor shoe all year round.
Width - Suitable for all foot widths
Barefoot credentials - Made from natural materials they have a leather moccasin sole which is durable and flexible, allowing children's feet to move freely giving a truly barefoot experience.
Who are they - MyMayu are a fantastic brand of innovative rain boots created by a Canadian family to allow their children to run and jump in the wet without restricting their natural movement or getting wet feet!
What styles do we stock - Rain boots for children.
Width - Suitable for all foot widths
Barefoot credentials - Excellent barefoot option for wet conditions. They feature a fantastic thin and flexible, zero-drop rubber sole and are less than half the weight of conventional rain boots. The only truly barefoot rainboot that we stock.
Who are they - Pediped aims to create comfortable and stylish footwear that's healthy for children's feet. Their focus on comfort, quality and style has earned them a 'Seal of Acceptance for promoting Healthy Foot Development' from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
What styles do we stock - The Pediped range is split into three categories. Originals are the perfect first shoe for your little one as they start to move about and explore their world. Grip n Go shoes are a great option for a toddler who is transitioning from early walking to a more confident stride. Flex is the range of shoes for confident walkers. The Pediped Flex Sahara's are one of our best-selling summer sandals.
Width - The majority of the Pediped range is for narrow to medium width feet. However the Sahara is a little wider in fit.
Barefoot credentials - The Pediped Originals range is considered to be barefoot. The Grip 'n' Go and Flex ranges are not truly barefoot but do have a number of barefoot characteristics.
Who are they - PLAE shoes are a great brand of trainers and play shoes from the US. They have been designed to follow the natural contour of a child's foot with a good width to the toe box whilst coming in narrower across the mid foot to suit narrow and medium width feet really nicely.
What styles do we stock - Children's trainers and summer footwear. We also stock a few winter boots as well. PLAE Ty are one of our 'go-to' styles for trainers!
Width - Narrow to Medium.
Barefoot credentials - In our opinion the sole is too thick and the toe-box is too narrow to be considered truly barefoot. However, once you remove the insoles the sole is zero-drop and flexible, making it a good option for narrow to medium width feet. They are also lightweight which is a big advantage!
Who are they - Poco Nido is a family business started in 2011 with a mission to design quirky and fun baby shoes. With a love of colour and pattern footwear designer Catherine created an award winning range of mini shoes that were the result of years of overseas travel and inspired by countless children's bedtime stories. Poco Nido also has pioneered the use of reusable packaging with a passion for up-cycling to ensure that their packaging does more than one job.
What styles do we stock - A lovely range of rubber soled leather shoes designed with barefoot principles to be beautifully foot shaped, with a thin and flexible TPU rubber sole suitable for outdoor adventures. They are made from a super soft and chrome fee leather and available in a range of styles that allow adjustment for a great fit.
Width - Medium to Wide.
Barefoot credentials - Lightweight, flat, thin & flexible sole and zero drop! A great barefoot shoe!
Who are they - Slipfree are a brand of fantastic little water shoes designed and made in Turkey.
What styles do we stock - Children's water shoes.They help prevent slips on wet and dry floors and are suitable for use around indoor and outdoor pools, on the beach or as slippers in the home. They are made from a high-tech fabric which helps protect feet on hot sand and rough surfaces. The breathable stretchy fabric also allows for comfortable movement with a thin and flexible sole that is ideal for barefoot wear.
Width - Suitable for all widths.
Barefoot credentials - 100% Barefoot!
Slugs & Snails
Who are they - Slugs & Snails are a small family run business based on a cold windy hill on the west coast of Ireland.
What styles do we stock - A range of bold, bright, vibrant tights specially designed for little boys. Perfect for little girls too!
Width - Suitable for all widths.
Barefoot credentials - 100% Barefoot!
Who are they - Sole Runner is a German brand, founded in 2011 and specialising in simple, practical barefoot shoes for adults and children.
What styles do we stock - As they are a relatively new brand we are initially trialling their chldren's range of trainers and one style of winter boot.
Width - A really nice wide fitting brand which is good for medium to wide feet.
Barefoot credentials - Their trainers are a great barefoot option with a zero drop, thin and flexible sole and a wide and foot shaped toebox for lots of wriggle room. The Puck is a lighter, vegan, option with a 2mm outsole for everyday use. The Pan is a winter option with a fleece lining and a slightly thicker 6mm outsole for extra warmth.
Who are they - An American brand specialising in colourful, mismatched socks.
What styles do we stock - We stock a range of quirky socks for adults and children.
Width - Suitable for all foot widths.
Barefoot credentials - 100% Barefoot
Who are they - Stonz is a Canadian company started in 2004 to produce functional, healthy, outdoor footwear for kids that could withstand the cold and wet.
What styles do we stock - We have stocked their infant booties for many years and are now delighted to be adding the new West thermal boots to the range.
Width - The Booties are a good option for all foot widths. The West thermal boots are best suited to narrow and medium width feet.
Barefoot credentials - Their booties are 100% barefoot whilst their thermal boots are one of the best options we have come across when searching for a barefoot thermal boot.
Who are they - Tikki are a fun colourful range of shoes handmade by a lovely family company from Romania.
What styles do we stock - A lovely range of soft children's shoes and a some adult sandals.
Width - One of our widest fitting options suitable for medium to wide feet.
Barefoot credentials - Great barefoot option. Their shoes and sandals are some of the softest, lightest and most flexible that we sell.
Who are they - Vivobarefoot were at the forefront of the barefoot revolution. They created a revolutionary new type of shoe to allow natural growth and development, strengthen and protect the feet and help to realign posture. We absolutely love them and they are our best selling brand. Our only problem is keeping up with demand!!
What styles do we stock - A wide range of options for children and adults. Their children's range includes school shoes, trainers and the fantastic Ultra sandals, a summer essential and a barefoot alternative to Crocs. Our adult range is expanding each year and we now have some lovely adult options.
Width - Suitable for medium to wide feet.
Barefoot credentials - The masters of barefoot footwear!
Who are they - Xero shoes were formed in 2009 out of a passion for barefoot running. They are based in Colarado, USA.
What styles do we stock - We are now stocking both kids and adult options and are loving the new kids Prio trainers which are a great everyday option for active feet.
Width - A great wider fitting trainer, suitable for medium to wide feet.
Barefoot credentials - A great barefoot option. A lightweight, thin, flexible and zero drop sole with a wide toe box.
Who are they - Based in Bulgaria Zeazoo they are one of the pioneers of everyday barefoot shoes and produce a lovely range of kids and adult shoes which are truly minimalist, provide freedom of movement and are hand made from natural materials. We are delighted to be stocking them for the first time in the UK.
What styles do we stock - We have put together a selection from their range that we hope gives both adults and children some great classic options for every day wear.
Width - Suitable for medium width feet.
Barefoot credentials - A great barefoot option. They use a 6mm thick Vibram on their shoes which is lightweight, thin and flexible.