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Daisy Roots (born from cockney slang for “Boots”) was first established in 1995 by Victoria Darby over a sociable glass of wine with a friend at her kitchen table. Victoria cut out the very first pair of baby leather shoes by hand and within a few months of selling them at craft fairs had created a passionate following.
Manufacturing moved to a converted pigsty at Highgate House which is now a stunning conference centre in Northamptonshire.
After kickstarting the brand, Victoria hung up her tools and sold Daisy Roots. In 2015, Daisy Roots was taken over by Northamptonshire footwear company, manufacturers and distributors of the Petasil and Samphire children’s brands.
Daisy Roots is now part of a great 5 generation shoemaking legacy…
Chris’s maternal Grandfather made shoes for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret and you can see those shoes in the Northampton Boot & Shoe Museum. Going back another generation, Chris’s paternal Great Grandfather made shoes for Tsar Nikolas, the last Emperor of Russia, and built him a huge factory in St Petersburg to make millions of workers clogs (Chris’s Grandmother was actually born in St. Petersburg at this time) however his timing was poor: the factory opened in 1915, less than 2 years later the country was in the throes of the Revolution and Great grandfather was imprisoned by the Bolsheviks.
Daisy Roots Today
In its 22nd year, Daisy Roots is now well established and famous for its beautiful handcrafted products. We’ve now also extended the range to include a stunning new collection of leather satchels, totes and gifts.
Plus there’s more to come…
- Build on the heritage and values and create a range of outstanding quality baby products, beautiful handbags and stylish leather gifts based on our craftsmanship and skills here in the UK.
When Victoria started Daisy Roots, the ‘Originals’ were virtually unique. Although there are numerous suppliers now, Daisy Roots has always been at the forefront of innovation and is constantly looking to upgrade and improve the Daisy Roots experience. Uniquely we have added a leather and foam footbed which entirely removes the potential for the heavy seam to hurt your child’s foot.
Daisy Roots also has a redesigned cuff that helps with the fit around your baby’s ankles. They cannot tell you if their shoes hurt but at least with Daisy Roots, you know their cries are not because of what they’re wearing on their little feet.
The Daisy Roots ‘Originals’ range come in stunning bright colours and reflect the gifting and fun nature of this wonderful product.
A moccasin is a shoe, made of deerskin or other soft leather, consisting of a sole (made with leather that has not been “worked”) and its sides are made of one piece of leather, stitched together at the top, often with something called a “vamp” (this is an additional panel of leather) on the upper part.
At Daisy Roots, our moccasins have a curved underside wrapping around the foot and are then beautifully stitched by hand to the rest of the shoe (tech term alert: the upper). The shape gives your baby plenty of wriggle room but also more support than the pram shoes without being rigid. They also include a thin rubber sole that gives your baby added grip for tiled or wooden floors and for baby’s first outdoor explorations.
We use the best double-face material selected especially for its super-snuggly softness (this is essentially one piece of leather where the outside has been finished as well as the inside. It makes the piece much lighter and more flexible than a lining stuck to an outer). Sheepskin is a natural insulator that is particularly effective at maintaining a constant temperature.
At Daisy Roots, we also supply whole sheepskins that are the perfect surface for your newborn to take the weight off their long hard day of gurgling, giggling, eating, drinking and expressing their want for more food. Naturally cushioned and breathable, there is no danger of overheating nor, of course, getting chilly. Nature’s answers are so often the best.