Some time ago I was contacted by a guy named Ran Yona. He and his wife Anna and their three kids moved from Israel to Germany in 2013 and realized, for the first time in their lives, that they needed to find some shoes that their kids could wear in the winter. Their kids refused to wear conventional shoes (well done kids!) as they were mostly barefoot in Israel. So doing what great parents do, they figured out a way to develop their own kids minimalist shoes – Wildling Shoes! You can read more about their story here.
Ran asked me if he could send me a pair – well, send my then 7-year old boy Paxton a pair. It’s not the first time I’ve had this offer, but after looking over what Ran and Anna were beginning to produce, I was very excited. Plus, their logo is a fox – which just happens to be Paxton’s middle name!
Wildling Shoes are a very minimal style of footwear – a wide toe-box, zero-drop, and a super thin 2.5mm flexible sole. They’re made with natural organic materials such as cotton, hemp, flax, cork, and wool. They’re made in Portugal at a fair production facility and all their materials are sourced in Europe. Plus, they have a really unique design that I’ve never seen in any other footwear and kids really will/do love them. Yeah – Paxton really does love them. He wore them pretty much the entire two weeks we were in Spain recently.
Right now they have a summer model and sandals available. They even have a Vegan model, which I think means that no Vegans were killed during the production of the shoes. 🙂
Seriously though, I couldn’t support this company more. Ran made some adjustments to the shoes based off Paxton’s advice (he really did), and they’re committed to making really awesome footwear. I get so many inquiries from people outside of the USA looking for kids minimalist shoes. Well, here you go – look no further. And for you Americans, I think you’ll also be super happy very Wildling shoes.
Thanks Ran and Yona. Keep up the great work and thanks for your superb shoes!