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From the start of Elephantito, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect scenario. We were two women, passionate in the same way about quality clothing and ethical business, pouring over sample leathers and launching a factory in Peru, we were—and are—teammates united by something even greater than our ambitions: our two daughters. Marialex and Vicky, both the same age, classmates in our local school, and best friends since they were three years old.
We knew early on they would be our muses. The well-made, comfortable, and stylish dresses, boots, and ballerina flats we were constantly seeking out for their closets became our mission statement. We watched them run outside and asked ourselves how to balance fashion and function. As they became tweens, we followed their changing style and designed head to toe outfits that were both age-appropriate and chic.
Using our imagination, hard work, and business sense to dress our daughters well will always be something we are proud of. At every birthday party, school play, or picnic, we smiled when we saw how our daughters stood out —not because their clothing was expensive or flashy, but because it was tasteful, timeless, and elegant.
Our girls looked loved. It is only now that they are getting older (teenagers!) that we understand how impactful that was for them. They carry themselves with a special confidence; they know how to invest their time and energy and make lasting choices. They also don’t compromise on their comfort and happiness for the sake of looking a certain way, because while wearing Elephantito, they had it all.
For most of us summer is synonymous with sandals. They are the most versatile and comfortable shoe for both adults and children during the hot summer months.
The important thing to keep in mind during hot months is that our children's feet sweat. If the shoe is not made of a natural material, like leather or cotton, this sweat will pool in the shoe and can cause irritation and blisters.
Elephantito shoes are made with the smoothest leather on the outside and the lining is made with the best sheep leather, which is very soft and let's the foot breath.
Keep your little one's feet safe, free of blisters, in style and celebrate summer with us!
We've all been there, you find the perfect leather shoe. You look for the occasion to dress up your little one with them and suddenly... disaster.
It's only natural. Children aren't particularly careful with their clothes or shoes, even if their mommy's new favorites. But don't fret, we've got some tips for you about cleaning, restoring and taking care of your new leather shoes.
First thing to consider, leather is a natural material. It's porous and absorbs elements that it's exposed to. That means it's susceptible to stains and scratches, but therein lies the beauty. Leather tells the story of our lives and wears it like a proud badge.
When you buy leather shoes you are buying them for the look the have today; clean, crisp, elegant. You are also getting another pair of shoes that will come later, a weathered, earthy, stressed look that is also very much in style.
Taking all of this into account, we all want to give our new shoes a long life. Here are some tips to achieve that.
- Protect your shoes. When you first buy leather shoes, before your little one gets a chance to run through the grass and mud, you may want to weatherproof them. This will help protect them from water, dirt and other natural elements that will wear and stain shoes. Protectants come in creams, oils, waxes and sprays. Be careful regarding when choosing your product and consider what is made of, as they can alter the look of your shoe. Suede shoes, for example, are particularly delicate to weatherproof. Silicone sprays work well to protect suede. In general, we like protectants that are made with all-natural elements.
- Treat, condition and polish. For all leather shoes it's always a good thing to give them a good cleaning every so often. First remove laces, if the shoes have them. Second, use a natural bristle brush to remove loose dirt. Now you can clean them with a microfiber cloth dipped a bit of soap and water. Saddle soap and smooth leather cleaners that contain all-natural ingredients work well. After the shoes dry it's best to condition or moisturize them using leather creams. This helps prevent cracking and drying out. You can also choose to polish your shoes. If you use traditional shoe polish, the color must match the shoe color EXACTLY or it will change the original color of your shoes. Another option for polishing patent leather is using mineral oil with cotton.
- Treat stains quickly. Not all stains are created equal. Water, grass and dirt stains can be removed with leather cleaners. There are some homemade recipes on the internet, but we recommend spot testing before trying them out. Oil and grease are on another playing field. Here is a good way to deal with these:
- Oil or grease stains require immediate action. The best way to treat these is to blot the excess grease. Do not rub, as it will make the stain bigger and harder to remove. Use baby powder or cornstarch to draw out the grease. Gently brush the excess powder off. Now you can clean the stain with a little bit of dish soap and distilled water. Apply it with a microfiber cloth and then dry with another dry cloth.
- ** Pro tips:
- Baby wipes are great to quickly spot clean. They're gentle enough that they will not hurt the leather and the moisturizing properties they have also help to condition.
- Hand sanitizer is also a great way to remove scuffs from patent leather.
Whichever method you use, we hope you enjoy the life of your Elephantine shoes. Is there any particular method you use to take care of your leather shoes? Share with us in the comments.
We are passionate about style and love to see when our clients wear our Elephantito shoes. These are some of our favorite Spring looks.
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Marina Sofia shared this gorgeous picture with her equally gorgeous mini-me and it's giving us all the feels. Her little one is wearing a summer favorite, the Nicole Sandal in white.
We love Elijah Jai's look! His mommy, Tiffany Nicole, shared this dapper pic on Instagram and we are swooning. Elijah is wearing our Driver Loafer in Racing Red
Roxy Sheffield's little boy is wearing a pair Logans loafers in Natural and we are in love with the color combination. Neutrals make bright colors pop.
Brittney J. Fusilier shared this beautiful and nostalgic post of her sweet daughter standing on the steps of the church where she and her husband married years before. Maddy is wearing TBar for toddlers in Patent Blush
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Philanthropy and giving back to the community is not just something important for us at Elephantito, it's part of the way we live. Coming together, supporting others and finding a way to help children in need, keeps us grounded.
It is a value we instill in our children and that they have taken to heart, so much so that both of our co-founders' children -Andrea, Martin, Victoria and Marialex- came together to create a program called "Celebrating Childhood, One Shoe at a Time". This initiative donates brand new Elephantito shoes and clothing to kids in their hometown of Miami.
Childhood is supposed to be a wonderful and magical time, and yet it's also so fragile. Not everyone has access to basic needs and so we wanted to do our part in order to give those children a little bit of happiness and to make a positive impact in their lives.
We believe that being a part of a community means having social consciousness and it's a principle we have weaved into our business from it's inception in 2004.
Since the "Celebrating Childhood: One Shoe at a Time" program launched in 2013, Andrea, Martin, Victoria and Marialex have led it's efforts, with the support of their parents. They spend a lot of time in the warehouse, they take inventory of the merchandise that will be donated, they select the specific pieces, packed them and give them to local charities. They are passionate about this work, as are we.