Colorful, whimsical designs are a Sophia Webster signature, so some might say her move into kids’ shoes is a natural step. Building on her success in the women’s market, the London-based designer launched the Sophia Webster Mini collection last spring, featuring handmade leather sandals for girls.
Since then, the offering has expanded to include crib shoes and unisex sneakers for kids up to age 9. Mirroring the women’s line, the Mini shoes showcase bright, candy-inspired colors and playful details like banana and watermelon prints, as well as Webster’s signature speech-bubble appliqués.
The designer also gets plenty of creative inspiration from her daughter, Bibi Blossom, who turns 1 year old this fall. “When I was looking for shoes for Bibi, I couldn’t find any that were really fun,” she said. “I wanted to bring my colorful aesthetic to the kids’ market.”
While Webster remains mum on the details of the spring ’16 Mini collection, which will be unveiled at next month’s London Fashion Week, she did say it will include new categories, such as espadrilles and flip-flops, as well as a line of crib shoes for boys.
Here, the designing mom shares a few of her favorite things, from High Street shopping to ’90s nostalgia.
Best fashion decade:
“It’s all about the 1990s and Gwen Stefani.”
Favorite toy growing up:
“I’ve always loved Barbie.”
If I weren’t a shoe designer, I’d be…
“A contorionist or a rapper.”
Memorable pop culture moment:
“Naomi Campbell falling on the catwalk in those purple platforms at Vivienne Westwood in 1994—and laughing.”
Best shopping in London:
“Mount Street is great, with incredible designers, including Céline, Christopher Kane and Nicholas Kirkwood.”