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On Saturday 23 March, 6th April and 20th April the KIDS department @ Selfridges will be buzzing with families buying themselves a pair of Converse and customizing them on the spot! Kids will be getting crafty with studs, crystals and jellies! move over kids – you might just find some of the MiniHipster crew down there making some Cons our own :)

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Launched in 1956, the Hunter Original has become the iconic wellington boot, and is recognised the world over. Each pair is handmade from 28-parts from natural rubber to ensure each pair is the best fit possible and given a classic design of British sensibility. This little video explains it all you will be that much wiser at the end of it……

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LUDD’s new CADAQUES espadrilles are entirely handcrafted in Spain, and because they are LUDD, they are of course, made from fair trade materials.

Espadrille footwear originated in the Spanish Pyrenees and was the usual shoes of the peasants in the Middle Ages . The name “espadrilles” comes from Catalan “espardenyes”, which means “made of esparto grass”. Now, most of the espadrilles that you can find worldwide are made in Asia, but the espadrilles made in Spain represent a guarantee of handcrafted, quality and fair-made.

The name, CADAQUES comes from the place: Cadaqués is a unique, romantic, small town on a Mediterranean bay, in Spain. Cadaqués is in the Empordà region, considered the “Spanish Tuscany”. Cadaqués was inspiring to many artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Miró, Hamilton, Magritte and Duchamp, who spent time here.

What a lovey history to a great Spring and Summer shoe.

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Minnetonka was founded in 1946, originally as a gift business that sold moccasins (amongst other things) in popular resort areas across the US.  Shortly after its founding, the business transitioned to all moccasins.  Today the company is widely known as the authentic moccasin brand, and makes a full range of moccasins and moccasin boots, sheepskin boots, and slippers for the entire family, as well as women’s sandals, and a few western-style hats and handbags.

They are handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, using Minnetonka’s unique proprietary techniques, and are made from suede.  The sole is made from rubber and features little nubs, which help prevent slipping.  Moms will love the inside zipper, which helps for easy on, easy off — even the littlest fashionista will be able to help dress herself!

Pair with a pretty floral skirt, or a little denim, and your mini hipster has all the makings of celebrity.  Afterall, Minnetonkas have been spotted on many celeb kids, including Nahla Aubrey (Halle Berry), Zuma and Kingston Rossdale (Gwen Stefani), Matilda Ledger (Michelle Williams), and Mason Disick (Kourtney Kardashian), to name a few.

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Maybe you shouldn’t try this at home without the help of you parents…… maybe if you are parent you could have some fun on a rainy day with your little hipster…..who doesn’t want to pull apart a shoe and make something fast and fun with it. Check this out:

Design Your Own Converse Racing Shoes

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She has always displayed a strong sartorial instinct, and has been wearing heels since the age of three. Now, it appears that in just a few short years Suri Cruise has acquired quite the shoe collection.
The five-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has $150,000 worth of footwear in her closet, according to news reports. And you’d be unlikely to spot any Stride-Rite among the young fashionista’s array, as sources claim she already has a taste for high-end labels such as Christian Louboutin and Marc Jacobs.

They say Ms Holmes, 32, has even been getting her favourite designers to custom-make shoes for Suri, to accommodate her little one’s penchant for heels. A source told Star magazine: ‘Suri has so many designer shoes. She’s a massive fan of Marc Jacobs and she’s had several shoes custom-made, so if they didn’t come with a heel, Katie had them redesigned for Suri. She commissioned a pair of Louboutins for her a while back!’

But $150,000 on shoes is small fry compared with the rest of the youngster’s wardrobe, which is believed to have a value of $3.2million. She has been spotted out in a $2,140 Dolce & Gabbana trench coat, and last year she was spotted with an $800 miniature version of her mother’s Ferragamo bag. Last month Suri even came 21st in a list of Glamour magazine readers’ style icons, beating Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker in ranking.

Source: The Daily Mail

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Summer for those in the Southern Hemisphere, that is…

To top off their Summer 2010 collection, Chillikids have just launched the super cool ‘Andy’ flipflops. Printed with bright bubbles and bold stars and stripes, these new flipflops are a great addition to any kids’ summer wardrobe; especially for little girls, the retro hot pink bubble ‘Andy’ flipflops are playful and fun.

And for both the boys and the girls, the all-American inspired stars and stripe ‘Andy’ flipflops. With the stars to be worn on one foot and stripes on the other, thees are great for the beach these holidays (& and easily spotted when left lying around in the sand…).

Sizes range from 25-34 and are priced at $19.95, the new Chillikids ‘Andy’ flipflops will literally rock socks off and are available to buy online now!


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This ever growing children’s shoe brand seems to have quite the celebrity following. Jennifer Garner, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry are only some of the celebs who put these shoes on their children. And why?

The focus of this company is to ensure the shoes are made just right for growing feet. From the fit to the materials, See Kai Run shoes are designed to assist in the healthy development of babies’ and children’s feet with their ultra-flexible soles, soft leather and wide toe box.

Here are some of our top picks for Fall:

Eric: These will look good with jeans

Logan: great with denim jeans and a nice navy puffa jacket

Logan: great with denim jeans and a nice navy puffa jacket

Shari: This is a pretty butter yellow which will look beautiful with a navy skirt

Shari: This is a pretty butter yellow which will look beautiful with a navy skirt

Jordan: These will work well with a prety red dress1

Jordan: These will work well with a prety red dress1

Oh, and PS: Their footwear meets the American Podiatric Medical Association’s rigorous standards for foot health and functionality and has been awarded the APMA’s prestigious Seal of Acceptance. Always important.

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Swedish Hasbeens shoes are hand-made using the same craftsmanship as in the the 70s which is kind to people and nature. They only use natural materials which means you could pretty much bury your shoes in your garden.

Like all hand-made stuff using natural materials every pair will be unique which is a sign of quality. So don’t worry if the wood varies in color and if there are twigs in it. Natural grain leather may also have marks and may vary in color and thickness.The untreated natural colored leather will darken with time. The colored leather, like black, might rub off on other light stuff. The color on the painted wooden sole and the rubber sole will wear off in a natural way with time. Hand-made stuff with natural materials just makes you more unique… which is really great…if you like being unique that is…

And the genius behind Swedish Hasbeens? Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of Southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camel she screamed at her kids until her curlers fell out and she just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs.  One summer day in 2006 the creators of the brand found the shoes she wore (300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s) in the basement of an old clog factory in the neighboring village and brought them to Stockholm, and thus Swedish Hasbeens was born.

The children’s range is very select and we would love to see much more, especially the boots, but we think your girls will have fun in these:

Peep Toes Child

Peep Toe Child

Baskemolla Child

Braided low Child

Braided low Child

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A delightful take on sock puppets, these darling socks feature 3D pop-up paws, tails and heads. Non-skid bottoms and a fun wraparound design make these perfect for new walkers. Baby’s animal friends are also designed to playfully sit atop shoes.
Too much fun!

Available in packs of 3 through Amazon.com

Puppy, Teddy & Monkey.

Panda, Kitty & Bunny.

And what fantastically fun packaging…

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