Supplying you with real leather, handcrafted shoes for infants and toddlers.
All my shoes have soft, non-slip leather soles and are meant to be worn up to the age of about 18 months. These soft leather soles along with the wide toe boxes allow your child’s feet to grow and develop naturally and are the healthiest option for muscle development. The only thing better for them is going completely barefoot!
My shoes are soft, natural, and comfortable. Each pair is lovingly crafted by myself right here on the farm, with no factory or production line and each pair is unique. I love working with leather and I truly believe that these soft leather shoes are better for small feet than being encased in plastic and artificial fabric. Best of all, they are affordable!
Browse through my shop for items currently available to order or contact me directly for more information on any design or specific requirements. No two children’s feet are the same and if you have a child with special needs, contact me and I will design something to fit them.
All my shoes are made to order and require a minimum of 10 days to process and ship.


Have a look at our product range and then simply email me aretha@crawlers.co.za. We are as protective about your personal information as we are about ours and therefore will never have an online shop. We like to deal with our customers directly. What can I say, out here in the Kalahari, we prefer the simple things in life




As two IT professionals in the city, we found ourselves growing closer and closer to the ever imagined ‘successful’ life. But it was not enough, life felt about as real as you would find on a dating site profile. We wanted more. And less. All at the same time. A real life, a simpler life …. and it needed to be far from the rat-race.

Where to go. It needed to be far, far away from the city we spent our adult lives in, so we started driving west … and we stopped when we found enough nothing. On the edge of the Kalahari desert we fell in love with the quiver trees that spot the landscape. It was in this vast expanse that we found the farm of our dreams. It was small, but had water, lots of sand and rocks and quiver trees all around. No amenities, no infrastructure, no buildings, just the raw land. It was a dream come true. We found our quiet space.

We packed our whole house into a shipping container, sang our goodbyes to the city and moved into a 4-birth caravan on our own land for two years while we built our strawbale house. Although we paid lots of ‘school fees’, it was and still is worth the effort. We endured the heat of the desert, the wrath of the wind and the unfortunate need to tear down and rebuild. In the end, we had built our home and it stood as strong as we did. We found a love for building with natural materials that has not stopped and we have wonderful dreams of building sandbag guest lodges and wattle-and-daub hideouts. This lifestyle has brought out the creativity in us, limited only by our dreams and abilities, not the expectations of others.

We’re completely off-grid, grow growing our own vegetables and love loving our new found life. Our only regret is that we did not do it sooner.

Alisha was the little girl that started my shoe journey. She is the daughter of one of our employees and spends the mornings with us while her parents work away from the farm. While my husband still works in IT, I get to babysit and watch her grow. She loves strawberry yoghurt, singing ‘baby shark’ and playing with her tea set. She does NOT like the toaster. Even though she is now too old to wear my shoes, making her soft, healthy, comfortable shoes while she was crawling and learning to walk, gave me so much joy! I want to create a market community where I can share a little bit about me and my life with new families out there.

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