Once upon a time in a little Polish village, a cobbler picked up his tools and crafted a perfectly adorable pair of children’s boots. The townsfolk went crazy for them and soon, just about every child in the village was sporting a pair of Tombut’s boots. Fast forward one hundred and sixty years and Tombut boots are still the first infant shoes of choice for savvy parents in Eastern Europe. And now they’re available here in Australia.
Mum-of-two Kasia was born in Poland but migrated to Australia as a child. When it came time to buy her own children their first shoes, she followed in the footsteps of both her mother and grandmother and went straight to Tombut, even though she was now living in Victoria. Kasia fielded so many questions about the distinctly adorable and timeless leather shoes when out and about that she decided to start importing and selling them.
And so Bugboots was born earlier this year, and like generations of Poles before you, I’m sure you’ll agree the shoes they stock are really are quite lovely. Made from the softest cowhide, they are designed to support a young child’s first steps. Available for boys and girls, from ages one to five (European sizes 18-26), there’s several colours and styles to choose from. Prices start at $79 plus postage – check out the website for more details.