Kids love shoes to run in, jump in, look good in, get messy in – and of course to mess up for you to clean up! It’s important footwear is comfortable and cool, so catch Plae – children’s shoes designed for fit and fun.
Plae shoes are specially designed for kids – not an adult brand adapted for kids. The fabulous fit factor comes from shoes that are engineered to follow the natural contour of a child’s foot leaving the cartilage and fledgling bone room to grow its own way. And the design doesn’t stop with the fit, with the shoes taking inspiration from the shoes of elite athletes with their traction, shock absorption, toe guards and washable microbial inserts.
The fun factor comes from the range of great styles, and from founder and head designer, Ryan Ringholz’ terrific idea to create a series of unique interchangeable tabs or straps, to add an element of self-expression into every pair of shoes. Each pair of Plae shoes can be styled by choosing from the array of patterns and colours, making each child the designer of their own shoes.
The fusion of function and style means the end result is a shoe that kids love. Plae’s first core styles, Roan and Emme, are named after Ringholz’ own children. “It’s about putting kids first,” says Ringholz, “and bringing out the kid in all of us.”
As a brand, Plae is dedicated to minimizing their carbon footprint by sourcing responsible, recycled and non-toxic materials and operating in a solar-powered fair-labor factory that is architecturally designed to reduce energy consumption.
Styles run from the original all leather Roan in classic black or white, to the Ty flexible trainer (with two special styles especially for the 2016 Olympics in Brazilian host’s national colours and patriotic red, white and blue). For girls, the Emme and the Chloe offer sporty Mary-Jane styles in lavender, silver, navy, ruby or gold all with contrast edging. We’re also loving the Max, Plae’s high-top style that uses eco-poly mesh and full grain nappa leather, in matt red and black leather, street wise camouflage print or metallic gold and lily.
For more on Plae childrens shoes see www.goplae.co.uk.