September 14, 2008 at 2:58 am #245119
The boys are in need of new shoes, so I thought I would seek out some Australian brands. Does anyone know any kids’ shoe brands that are locally made, or have a recommendation for somewhere around Brisbane that I could buy some?
I’ve tried a google search, but it’s mostly turning up either boots or baby shoes. I was looking for summer shoes/sandals for a 3-yr-old and a 5-yr-old.September 14, 2008 at 3:06 am #369538
I would say there would be a extremely slim chance of finding something not made in china as far as footwear is concerned, unless there is still some cottage industry making them(like ugh boot manufacturers)September 14, 2008 at 3:14 am #369539
I agree it will be hard to find some one maufacturing them.
This brings me to my pet peeve !!!!!!!!!!
What happens in the event of a major world upheaval?
Australia has no infrustructure to fall back on,so carry on stockpiling keeping some thing in reserve for emerganciesSeptember 14, 2008 at 3:35 am #369540
Not sure if they have kids shoes on this site but I know they have mens and womens shoes.September 14, 2008 at 3:55 am #369541
I don’t think all those are exclusively Australian, I think you will find Blundstone moved their manufacturing from China and Tasmania to Thailand and India last year.September 15, 2008 at 3:26 am #369542
they are not australian but they are a US company called TOMS.
that donate a pair of shoes for every pair bought to children in a 3rd world country.
an australian stockist is
i think they are doing fantastic for a new company and it’s great to see that a business is not just donating 5c for every $100 spent but actually making a difference.
although, on etsy a lady called
pedrosprout makes lovely shoes and she is australian
or you can do an etsy search for other handmade and perhaps australian shoes.
i will be watching the thread with interest!
Carla 😀September 15, 2008 at 4:16 am #369543
How about Rivers!!!
They make kids shoes and there are outlets every where…I am pretty sure there shoes are made here in Australia – in Ballarat Vic.September 15, 2008 at 4:18 am #369544
There is a place on thomastown (melb. vic) called bilby that makes children’s shoesSeptember 17, 2008 at 6:06 am #369545
Seems Reid_alderbooks and caddie were right, unless I can find someone at the markets or stumble across a friend of a friend who knows a guy I’m out of luck 🙁
Thought I would report back what I found out in case anyone else is interested.
Thanks for the website, Michelle-sm. Unfortunately there were no kids’ shoes that I could see on the Everything Australia website (I had also heard what Reid mentioned about Blundstone, a friend of mine who is very much fond of her pair was lamenting it).
Pedrosprout does indeed make lovely shoes, but only up to 12 months so too small for us unfortunately! Most of the handmade shoes I’ve found are for infants. Bilby shoes don’t have any sandals on their website, but when I need closed-in shoes I’ll go back there.
I emailed Rivers, and they gave me a fantastic response :tup: It was really detailed, about tariffs and direct materials costs and the value of the Australian dollar all contributing to the situation where virtually no Australian footwear or clothing companies can afford to manufacture in Australia unless customers are willing to pay a considerable amount extra (they’re generally not willing, in my experience).
So, the upshot is that I’ll take a quick trip out to the markets next time I’m at my folks’ place, but I may have to just be satisfied with buying from an Australian retailer.August 22, 2012 at 1:04 am #369546
If there was a major world upheaval our currency would halve but I doubt we would have no trading partners. Companies can’t compete when our currency is as artificially inflated as it currently is.August 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm #369547
tis funny about blundestone, they went over seas but the prices stayed about the same?
I had some Oliver boots. they were my best boots yet and made in Australia 🙂 however a camp dog in Katherine took one from my front doorstep and i could not find it anywhere. It was karma though as i had thrown one at him the day before to stop him from weeing on my wheels :laugh:
I did have some kids shoes or sandals made in Oz but i can;t remember for the life of me what they were. We were very surprised to see Australian made and suspected it was just a false flag because they were cheap.August 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm #369548
Who remembers Bata shoes on the Mornington Peninsula? They are still there in Mornington with a Factory Direct outlet but I’m not sure if they make everything there. Some of these gum boots are made there though. 🙂
Edited to add: I think most of the shoes are now imported.
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