Blog Posts from Zimmerman Shoes

Holley + Sage Holiday 16 October 21 2016

We're always thrilled to hear from Jennifer of Holley + Sage. Designed and made in North Carolina, Holley + Sage garments are dreamy heirloom pieces full of whimsey. We absolutely love the way they pair with our Milo Boots and Mary Janes. 

 

holley + sage dress

 

 

holley + sage x zimmerman shoes

 

 

holley + sage

him: shirt | pants | shoes          her: dress | shoes

 

 

holley + sage x zimmerman shoes

  
 
That super cute dress sold out right away, but our favorites are still available here, here and here. Be sure to check out the full Holley + Sage Holiday 16 collection! Photos by Jamie Roush.

 

 


Let's Get Groovy - Tiffani Thiessen October 12 2016

We are so excited to be part of this adorable 70s inspired shoot over on Tiffani Thiessen's blog. Like, squealing, jumping up and down, fan-girling out excited. Styled by Lucia Tran and photographed by David Collier, it celebrates the simple joys of childhood and totally carries that laid back 70s vibe. 

 

70s style

 

trampoline

 

 

70s style

 

The whole shoot is adorable, and you can see all the photos over on Tiffani Thiessen's blog. My favorite part about being involved in a vintage-inspired shoot like this one is that is that our shoes are literally straight out of the past. Because we use vintage patterns from our family's long-standing manufacturing business, we resurrect old styles from the 60s and 70s and give them new life. 

Thank you Tiffani, Lucia, and David for including us! 


Fall / Winter 2016 September 02 2016

It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Our fall line (our best yet!), September, the beginning of autumn, all of it! 

Now that I've gotten all of the exclamatory comments out of the way, I truly am invigorated by a new season and a new month, and it's never more pronounced than in September. Maybe it's the years I spent as a high school teacher, but there's something about summer ending and fall beginning that just feels so refreshing and rejuvenating. 

Our focus for the Fall / Winter 2016 collection was that it felt crisp and clean, simplified and straightforward. Our goal is to give your little ones classic shoes that can be dressed up or down, worn to school each day, and straight through the holidays. 

fall outfit for girls leather dress shoes

Infinity Scarf by Hobsonville Co / Burgundy Patent Scalloped Mary Janes

  

stylish kids outfit silver shoesSilver Milo Boots

 

silver shoes for kids

Silver Milo Boots

 

cute outfit for little girls burgundy black boots

Infinity Scarf by Hobsonville Co / Our new Zippy Boot in Burgundy

 

cute boys outfit with black leather boots

This one may or may not be an outtake, but I just love it so much.

Milo Boots in Charcoal

 

back leather boots for boys

Milo Boots in Charcoal

 

silver shoes for kids

Zippy Boot in Silver / Milo Boot in Silver 

 

infinity scarf for kids

Infinity Scarves by Hobsonville Co

 

cute sister outfits for fall

One more outtake, but I just can't even handle how cute their faces are.

Burgundy Patent Scalloped Mary Janes / Zippy Boot in Burgundy

 

silver boots for kids

Zippy Boot in Silver

 

Many thanks to Hobsonville Co for the beautiful scarves. And big thanks to our dear friend Emily of Girl, Always Interrupted for letting us take photos of her beautiful daughters. As always, we had to have our nephew Milo in Milo Boots, so thank you to our sister Alison as well.

Cheers to a beautiful opening of autumn, friends.


Easter Series by Lora Grogan March 24 2016

Photographer and blogger, Lindsay of Lora Grogan put together the most beautifully curated series of photos for Easter, and we were thrilled to be part of it. Linday says, "I wanted to include pieces that would last much longer than chocolate or candies.  Things I hope she will want to hang on to, and maybe even share with her children someday." Ahhhh we just love that! 

 

easter shoes for girls

  

spring collection kids clothing

matching game | bow | bonnet | dress | bunnyshoes

 

Lindsay was also sweet enough to send over some darling lifestyle shots of cute littles in our shoes. 

 

cute spring outfit for girls

 

 

cute vintage outfit for boys

 

vintage style boots for boys

 

So absolutely precious! Many thanks to Lindsay for including our shoes. Be sure to check out the full post on Lindsay's blog with links (and even some coupon codes) to all of the shops involved in this beautiful shoot. There are so many great handmade shops here including some of our favorites brand buddies like Tortoise and the Hare and Wren and James.

Warmest Easter wishes to everyone!

xoxo,

Amelia + Audrey


Oma + Jo for Spring March 11 2016

Oma + Jo is one of the cutest emerging lines around. Mother / daughter team Monika and Joleen are the ladies behind the brand full of whimsical prints and vintage details. 

 

vintage style dress for girls

Dress | Shoes

  

cute boys outfit vintage style made in america

Shorts | Tee | Camera | Shoes

 

Their spring line was shot by the talented Crystle of Yea Yea Photography, and we were lucky enough to have our shoes complement the clothes. 

 

cute girls outfit easter spring

Mask | Top | Shorts | NecklaceShoes

 

cute kids clothes for spring, easter outfits

 

So many perfect pieces for Spring and Summer, all handmade with love! You can learn more about Oma + Jo here and more about Yea Yea Photography here

 


Factory Photo Series: Stations Part 1 March 04 2016

We're proud to be a small, family operated American manufacturer. Our little old factory is a very special place to us, and that's why we're excited to bring you the Factory Photo Series.

This post's theme is stations. There are over 126 steps that go into making a pair of our shoes, and almost every step is represented by a physical space in the plant. Many of these stations have stayed exactly the same for years. Some have accumulated notes and tips by the people who have worked at each station over time. Here's a quick look at some of these stations in the plant.
 
Looking into the office, where three generations of our family have worked before us.
 
 
 The Fitting Room, where the all the pieces of the shoes' uppers and linings are fit together and stitched.
 
 
 The Fitting Room, where the all the pieces of the shoes' uppers and linings are fit together and stitched.
 
 
 The Fitting Room, where the all the pieces of the shoes' uppers and linings are fit together and stitched.
 
 
The office and the fitting room are just two of five sections of our factory, so there are more photos to come. It means so much to us to continue our family's shoemaking legacy in the same space that has been used for almost a century and half.

Spring At Last February 26 2016

shoes for children spring 2016
 
Our Spring 2016 collection is trickling into the webshop, and we couldn't be happier about it. Spring has always felt particularly darling and delicate to us, so sweet scallops, pale pinks, and soft suedes seem fitting.
 
In honor of the glorious coming of Spring, a passage from Willa Cather's My Antonia:
 
“After that hard winter, one could not get enough of the nimble air. Every morning I wakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over. There were none of the signs of spring for which I used to watch in Virginia, no budding woods or blooming gardens. There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind—rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted. If I had been tossed down blindfold on that red prairie, I should have known that it was spring.” 
 
 
Happy Spring to you and yours!
xoxo,
Audrey and Amelia

A Beautiful Valentine's Day February 05 2016

We were lucky to be a participating shop in one of the sweetest shoots in honor of Valentine's day. Styled by the lovely Sarah and shot by Holli of Holli Horton Photography, this one is full of adorable little ones and super cute clothes and accessories.

 

valentine's day baby girl's outfit

Tops | Bows | Bracelets

 

cute girls outfit for valentines day

Pinafore | Romper | Crown | Shoes | Bracelets 

 

cute girls outfit pink valentine's day

Dress | Purse | Bracelets | Shoes (COMING SOON!)

 

We can't wait to debut our newest batch of Scalloped Mary Janes! In the meantime, Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. 


Talent Tuesday: Barry January 26 2016

Talent Tuesday is our weekly feature where we introduce the people who make Zimmerman Shoes. Our manufacturer is our long-standing family business, the oldest children's shoe manufacturer in the country.

Today it's all about Barry, who's been making shoes here since the early 1960s.
 
 
 
We joke that he came with the building when our great grandfather bought it in 1962. Barry's job involves cleaning all the shoes that come off the production line, lacing them, as well as stamping and packing each shoe box. 
  
Audrey and I have many happy memories of visiting Barry when we came to the factory throughout our childhoods. He still has a couple notes that Audrey left for him when she was little. Just last week we were looking at photos of him holding my cousin when she was a baby. It's wonderful working with someone who's seen you and your siblings grow up.
 
If you want to see more of the factory, Barry, and everyone else who works here, check out this recent video from our local news station, WNEP.
 

Factory Photo Series: Time January 19 2016

We're proud to be a small, family operated American manufacturer. Our little old factory is a very special place to us, and that's why we're excited to bring you the Factory Photo Series.

This post's theme is time, and there are layers of time all over the place around here. The shoe company dates to 1888, so people have been making shoes here for a while, and it shows. Which, in our opinion, is a good thing.
 
kids shoes made in america
 
Production Control Report in the Fitting Room, where all of our shoes are stitched together. We don't use this anymore, but isn't that old font fantastic?
  
 
time cards
Where we punch in and out each day
 
  
banana stickers
Lots of breaks, lunches, and snacks over the years were taken here.
 
  
 
black and white photo
An old catalogue taped up. The model is our cousin, Becky. She has two little ones of her own now.
 
 
 
office clock
Our office clock. We actually have our own time zone; it's 10 minutes ahead of everyone else. Back in the day, when our town was full of factories, someone here decided that we should bump our clocks up by 10 minutes to beat the lunch rush and the end of day rush. There aren't really any factories in town besides ours anymore, but we still keep to that schedule. 
 
 
 
time stops
This is Kirsten's clock. You may have read about our aunt Kirsten a little while ago here. If you follow us on social media, you may also know that she passed away suddenly this past fall. This clock that hangs in the factory stopped ticking at pretty much the exact time of her passing. She LOVED looking for ghosts and orbs, and always claimed there were spirits in the factory, so it makes complete sense that she'd send us a reminder like this. 
 
Some people prefer everything to be shiny and new, but we love keeping these reminders of the people who've spent their days here, worked with our family, and made so many little pairs of shoes over the years. 
 
 

All photos by my talented sister and partner, Audrey Zimmerman

 

Milou & Pilou December 15 2015

It's always fun to see how mamas style our shoes on their little ones. And every once in a while, our shoes are paired with clothing so perfectly that we just have to learn more about the makers behind these pieces. That was the case with the adorable Spanish brand Milou and Pilou.

Zimmermans Shoes and Milou and Pilou by ERobyn

Skirt | Shoes | Photo by Robyn Jones @erobyn

 

Milou and Pilou's designer Alicia sent a few pieces to the lovely Robyn Jones @erobyn, and we did as well. When Robyn started putting outfits together, we fell in love with Alicia's clothes, and Alicia fell in love with our shoes! 

 

Zimmermans Shoes and Milou & Pilou by Robyn Jones

Dress | Boots | Mary Janes | Photo by Robyn Jones @erobyn

 

It turns out that Alicia's process for Milou and Pilou is similar to ours here at Zimmerman Shoes. The designs are meant to evoke the past and recreate styles that the designers wore when they were children. 

 

Zimmerman Shoes + Milou and Pilou by Robyn Jones

Dress | Boots | Mary Janes | Photo by Robyn Jones @erobyn

 

Milou & Pilou is also a family run business just like ours. All of their designs are ethically crafted in Barcelona, but Alicia's family is both Spanish and French. You can influence from both sides of the family tree in their clothes. 

 

Zimmerman Shoes and Milou & Pilou by Robyn Jones

Skirt | Shoes | Photo by Robyn Jones @erobyn

 

We loved getting to know Alicia a bit and seeing our shoes paired with her clothes. With so much in common in our business priorities and vintage aesthetics, it's not hard to see why Milou & Pilou and Zimmerman Shoes make great brand buddies. Thank you, Alicia and Robyn. It's been a pleasure to connect with both of you!


Factory Photo Series: Family November 25 2015

We're proud to be a small, family operated American manufacturer. Our little old factory is a very special place to us, and that's why we're excited to bring you the Factory Photo Series.

Our theme last week was Hands, and this week, fittingly for Thanksgiving, it's Family. We're so grateful to everyone involved with our shoes from the very beginning of the process to the end product to our customers and their sweet babes. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Old Family Photos, clockwise from top right: 1. Our great-grandfather Milo, Pop Pop Clair, and Dad Steve, all served as president of the company. 2. Our Nana Jane in the office. 3. An awesome group photo of everyone who made our shoes from 1972. 4. Our Pop Pop Clair. 5. Our great-grandfather Milo going over the books. 

 

American Made Shoes

The ladies of the fitting room family.

 

American Made Shoes

The measuring doorway. The four girls in our family, our two cousins, and now our cousin's children and our nephew all get their height measured and dated in this doorway in the office.

 

 

Who made your shoes?

The newest member of our shoemaking family: Misty, our new leather cutter. We're thrilled to have her on board.

 

American made kids shoes

Remember that group photo from 1972? Misty's dad Joe worked here then. All in the family!

 

 


Factory Photo Series - Hands November 20 2015

There's product, and then there's process. We think our finished product is pretty cute, and we love sharing it with our customers. But we're also really proud of our process. All of our shoes are ethically crafted in Pennsylvania at our family's historic 1888 factory. 

 

Our great-grandfather bought it in the 1960s, and it's been in our family since then. The factory is a really special place to us. It's not always pretty; there's tons of leather and metal dies and big machines, and it's old. There's nothing flashy or fancy about it. But we think that's what makes it special and interesting.

 

And then there's the people. The people who make our shoes have worked with our dad, aunt, and grandfather for an average of 20 years. They know what they're doing, and many of them have watched us grow up. 

 

The people, the factory, and our family history are all part of the process. That's why we're bringing you the Factory Photo Series to share more of that process with you. We're kicking it off with this week's theme: Hands.

 

 

american made shoes

That's actually me, Amelia, in the cutting room.

 

kids shoes made in america

Linda, fitting room

 

american made shoes

Deb, fitting room

 

kids shoes made in america

Ron, lasting room

 

shoes made in usa

Barry, packing room

 

All photos by my talented sister and partner, Audrey Zimmerman


Duchess and Lion Holiday Collection November 13 2015

Take some amazingly cool kids' clothes, add an off season ski resort, one incredible stylist, one talented photographer, and a few pairs of our shoes, and you have this unspeakably cute holiday shoot for Duchess and Lion Clothing. Witness the coolness:

 
 
dress shoes for kids holiday 2015
 
 
Gold Mary Jane Dress Shoe
 
 
 
 
Gold Mary Janes for Girls
 
 
holiday outfit for boys
 
 
holiday shoes for kids
 
 
holiday clothes for kids
 
 
red dress shoes for girls
 
 
I mean, it just doesn't get much cuter than that, you guys. Styling by the so super kind and talented Mari Spiker (@marispiker), photos by the incredible Liz Williams (@lizzyography), and all clothes by always-adorable Duchess and Lion. Many thanks and big hugs to all involved.

 


Our Holiday Shoot with MaeJean Vintage November 04 2015

There are a few things that Audrey and I are pretty into: 1. Vintage everything. 2. All things Christmas. 3. Shiny things i.e. jewelry. With this in mind, it makes sense why we were so excited about collaborating with our gorgeous friends Laura, Amanda, and Dahlia of MaeJean Vintage for a holiday shoot. Our picture perfect model is Dahlia's little girl Vienna, and she was an absolute CHARMER. 

vintage style little girl with jewelry

Clothes - vintage / model's own | Jewelry

 

I mean, come on right!? She's so stinking cute!!

vintage style girl's outfit red mary janes

Clothes - vintage / model's own | Jewelry | Shoes

 

holiday 2015 vintage girls outfit

Clothes - vintage / model's own | Jewelry | Shoes

 

vintage style little girl with gold shoes

Clothes - vintage / model's own | Jewelry | Shoes

 

vintage jewelry for girls

Clothes - vintage / model's own | Jewelry 

At one point, we decided to do some outdoor shots. We were out there for no more than ten minutes, and, despite the fact that we took these photos in mid- October, we had this perfect moment where it actually snowed. Granted, it was a very light rainy snow, but it was magical nonetheless. We were all jumping around realizing with glee that it was actually snowing, and miss Vienna had the best expression of wonder and excitement!

 

vintage outfit for little girls holiday 2015

Clothes - vintage / model's own | Jewelry | Shoes

We'll definitely be sharing more photos from this shoot as we roll into the holiday season. In the meantime, head over to MaeJean Vintage. Laura and Amanda are gemology students and Etsy all-stars who are so passionate and knowledgeable about vintage jewelry. They have an amazing selection of vintage and antique pieces in tiny sizes that are just right for that very special little girl in your life. 

 

 


Our Grandfather September 22 2015

 
This is our grandfather Clair. He worked in the shoe industry for his whole career. Nowadays, he's retired, but he still stops in the factory once in a while. Audrey snapped this great photo of him, and I couldn't resist sharing it here.

Miss Verse and Her Guys September 15 2015

We follow a lot of Instagram feeds that bring us joy on the regular, but one of our absolute favorites is @MissVerse by Danielle Aceino. Her accompanying blog is equally beautiful, and the work she and her husband James do as Young Love Media is inspiring. We recently sent matching Milo Boots for her boys, Elliot and Asher, and she's shared the sweetest images of them.

Original Image

 

Original Image | Shoes

 

Original Image Shoes

 

Original Image Shoes

 

Original Image Shoes

 

Original Image Shoes

 

So darling, right? Her photos, feeds, and work embrace light and love in the most beautiful ways, and we're always touched by the endearing interactions she catches between her boys.
 
 
 
 
 
This sweet family has recently fallen on hard times, so if you're able, consider helping them here

Little Faces Apparel + Weemarks September 09 2015

Little Faces Apparel is a sweet clothing brand featuring handmade cotton basics for babies and kids. Many of their pieces are organic, and they all feature whimsical prints and darling graphics. They recently used a pair of our shoes in their fall photoshoot, and the results are so cute that we had to share. Let's start with these amazing Fall Mum Leggings.

Fall Mum Leggings | Plum Milo Boots

 

Hair Bow | Jacket | Fall Mum Leggings | Plum Milo Boots

 

 | Frida Kahlo Shirt | BraceletsFall Mum Leggings

 

Hair Bow | Drop RomperBracelets

 

Hair Bow | Tee | Bracelets | Dotted Camo Leggings

All photos by Melissa McCann

 

Besides this cute collection and darling photoshoot, Jennifer, the mom behind Little Faces Apparel, recently launched an exciting new project in collaboration with her 8 year-old son. He expressed an interest in learning how to make things and help families in need at the same time, so they created Weemarks together with these one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed body suits.

 

Grape Berry   |   Teal Bliss   |   Candy Explosion

 

For the month of September, proceeds benefit this sweet family. Each suit costs just $15, so for that modest price, you can help a boy learn how to help others in need using his own creativity and compassion. We just love that.


Blake Acres August 25 2015 1 Comment

At the beginning of the summer, we had an order come through for a sweet family in New England. We made up a pair of Stevie Sandals for them, sent them off, and started to get tagged in some images on Instagram. When Audrey and I saw these photos, we were both like, "Whaaaattt?? So cute!" We both agreed that this mom needed to start a blog. Did we tell her that? No. But did we secretly want to keep up with all of their summer adventures and see where they take our sandals and what other cute brands they're wearing? YES. 

And then, that same mom started a blog, and we're so excited for her! By way of beautiful photos, Blake Acres by Jessica documents both the outings and staycations of her daughters, Elise and Mila. They're a darling New England family on the go, and we just couldn't be more charmed by Jessica's photos, Elise's looks of wonder and joy, and Mila's sweet baby smiles. 

Dress | Shoes | Original Post

 

Dress (by our friends and "neighbors") | Original Post

 

Playsuit | Shoes | Original Post

 

Dress | Onesie | HatShoes | Original Post

 

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Dress | Hat | Original Post

 

Dress (by our friends and "neighbors") | Hat | Original Post

 

Bonnet + Blouse + Bloomers Set | Muslin SwaddleOriginal Post

 

Dress | ShortsShoes | Original Post

Her photos are PERFECTION, right?? Beyond that, we love that Jessica focuses on buying her girls pieces that are ethically made with love and crafted to last. Thank you, Jessica! We're excited to watch your blog and, more importantly, your family grow! 


Tortoise and the Hare Clothing August 19 2015 1 Comment

In the months since we've launched our brand, we've had the opportunity and honor of meeting so many amazing people who are so very talented. Rosina from The Tortoise and the Hare is definitely one of those people.

We first got to know her when she picked up some of our shoes to use in a photoshoot, and we realized that her clothing is made just an hour from where our shoes are made. Our brands have a lot in common: handcrafted slow fashion made by multigenerational family businesses. Rosina herself is just the sweetest, and she just has such easy, peaceful energy. It's always fun to talk with her and bounce ideas around.

And can we talk about the clothing?? Seriously, so so adorable. I wish there was a way that you could reach out and touch these pieces over the interwebs. The quality and construction is phenomenal, and knowing that each piece is ethically made with love makes it just that much better. We picked up a few pieces to use for a shoot (stay tuned for that!!), and fell in love. 

Dress | Shoes

 

Rabbit Cape | Shoes

 

Linen Dress | Shoes

 

Chambray Shirt | Shoes

 

So gorgeous, right?? Check out the Tortoise and the Hare shop here, and be sure to keep up with Rosina on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!


Vivie and Ash + Hello Charlie August 12 2015

When we heard from Sarah of Vivie and Ash about a collaborative shoot by Emily of Hello Charlie featuring Vivie and Ash clothes, we were psyched. We whipped up a couple pairs of shoes, sent them off, and couldn't be more excited to share the photos. 

The Vivie and Ash line of clothing is so whimsical and sweet. It's a gorgeous collection of organic cotton in playful prints and timeless solids. Sarah designs the pieces, and they're all made by hand in Indiana. Witness the cuteness:

Top | Leggings | Shoes | Headband

 

 

Top | Jeans | Shoes | Bow

 

 

Leggings | Shoes

 

Leggings | Necklace | Shoes

 

How perfectly adorable are these photos? We just love Emily's eye for light and composition and Miss Charlie's joy in front of the camera. A little birdie told us that Charlie laid claim to the plum Milo Boots and Mary Janes and wasn't willing to give them up. :) 

Big hugs and mega thanks to Sarah and Emily for incorporating our shoes so beautifully in this shoot. 


Fall 2015 Collection August 11 2015

The Fall 2015 collection just hit the shop, and we couldn't be happier! 

This is always such an exciting time of the year: school starts again, the weather cools a bit, the farmer's market is in all its glory, and the coziness of autumn sets in. We had so much fun working on this collection and shooting it, so we hope you love it! Welcome, fall!


Ritzy Reba Photo Shoot August 05 2015

There are a couple great things about this gig. One of them is getting to know amazing moms and their sweet babes. Another is meeting other small business owners and collaborating on projects.

One of those cool people is Rebekah of Ritzy Reba. She creates the most darling illustrations for little ones, and she used some of our shoes in a recent photo shoot. 

Dress / Bow / Piggy Print / Shoes

 

Dress / Bow / Happy Cones Print / Shoes

 

Dress / Cinderella Dress Print / Shoes

 

Top / Flower Crown / Baby Deer Print / Shoes

 

 

 

Aren't Rebkah's prints and colors just full of pure joy?? We're thrilled to have our shoes incorporated in such a happy shoot! All photos by the talented Brock Alli Photography.

Next time you need some nursery decor or a happy little gift for baby, check out Ritzy Reba's adorable selection.


Our Factory June 19 2015

We recently had a photo shoot with the talented Rebecca Donohue in our family's historic 1888 factory. It was a Sunday afternoon with great light and lots of laughing.

 

Audrey and I kept cracking each other up by saying, "Sometimes we just stand in the office and look at one another. Oftentimes we sit on the conveyor belt and laugh. It's a pretty regular thing for us to just hang out here by the leather." Both of us are more comfortable behind a camera than in front of it, so we had to be a little silly to loosen up a bit.

 

Rebecca was amazing to work with, and she did a phenomenal job finding the beauty in our old factory and capturing us just being ourselves. 

 

Most of the time, machines are whirring, the phone is ringing, our team is here and working, and we have a to-do list that's a mile long. It was a pretty beautiful change to just be in this space that's so important to our family and document this moment in our company's history.