Seven years ago, two traveling artisans found each other and decided to settle down together in Uruguay. The result was not only love, marriage, and family, but also a unique hand-made craft. Julie, a native Canadian, and Alvaro, of Montevideo, Uruguay make custom guillerminas ~ adorable crocheted ballet style shoes, and some variations thereof.
Available through their Etsy shop, Le pied legèr (meaning “the footed” in French ~ cute!) customers must follow instructions on taking a precise measurement of their foot.
This includes tracing one’s foot in order to measure. My girls got a huge kick out of this (pun intended – sorry)! Both the kids and I felt pretty darn special having footwear made truly just for us. There are also a rainbow of colors available, to be combined however you wish ~ even more excitement for the little ones (ok, me too).
An authentic mom ‘n’ pop operation, Julie crochets each shoe, with cotton yarn, to the size specifications of their customer. Meanwhile, her man, Alvaro cuts all leather (or synthetic suede for the vegan version!) to spec and punches holes as needed for hardware. He then glues the entire shoe to an extremely cushy foam rubber sole. The grown-up styles include a classic
ballet style lace-up which ties around the ankle, a slip on sandal and a buckling mary-jane style. For girls, Julie recommends the latter, as it will stay better put on a running, jumping, wiggling one. Boys styles coming soon!
Also available at the Etsy Shop, are lovely, hippy-chic Crochet Drop earrings, also made to order, they’re available in the same variety of colors as the guillerminas! With Alvaro’s passion for both upcycling and metalworking, it seems only natural that he also makes his own line of jewelry called mamaJoia, also available on Etsy. This is one crafty couple!
Truly gift-worthy, Le pied lèger offers gift certificates so that you don’t have to ruin the surprise by asking your loved one if you may trace their foot. That just might seem a little suspect or plain weird! I am honestly amazed at the humble pricing of these handmade treasures. All women’s sizes are only $62. Kids sizes range from just $32 to 52! Also check out their mother/ daughter and other package deals!
Let your inner bohemian mama loose, and pamper your feet with the absolutely perfect fit!
Julie and Alvaro would like to offer In the Know Mom Readers 15% discount at their Etsy Shop! Just mention ITKM15 when ordering!
One lucky reader will win a custom made pair of children’s guillerminas for a special little girl in their life!
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Special thanks to Le pied lèger for providing products for review.