I was strolling down Marylebone High Street in London a few weeks ago, when I came across the most appealing kids boutique: Rachel Riley.
My husband and his friend started making comments about “that bird from Countdown”, but in fact this is the other Rachel Riley, who began her namesake children’s label in 1993.
The beautiful array of children’s slippers in store stuck in my head, so I knew I had to return.
The slippers are handmade in France, using the traditional stitch and turn method.
Linings are made from soft kid skin, and the uppers are mostly made from calf skin. The soft soles are made from pig skin, but a hard sole can be added by a local shoe repairer at an extra cost.
The delightful selection includes matte leathers in an array of colours just daring you to match them to flower girl or bridesmaid outfits.
You can also find pretty patents, fun hair-on leopard prints, neons and glitter options.
…sandals and elastic slip ons…
…and sweet T Bars and lace-ups: ideal for Christenings and naming ceremonies. The matching outfits are also adorable.
All of the slippers come nested in tissue paper, in these appealing little boxes.
Next time you’re near Marylebone High Street, Pont St Belgravia, or even Madison Avenue NYC, pop in to the Rachel Riley shop and feast your eyes. Be prepared to walk out with gifts for your favourite little people.
Rachel Riley also offer clothing and slippers in ladies sizes, so you can treat yourself too.