Gray Fox is an eco-conscious maker of gender-neutral, minimal and stylish baby and toddler shoes. All of our products are handmade in Maine using exceptionally soft, high quality, vegetable tanned leather. We invest time and care in sourcing the best, most eco-conscious and non-toxic leather available. We do this not only because we care deeply about our impact on the environment but also because we want our shoes to be safe for the children who wear them, play with them, and likely chew on them.
Our shoes are especially designed for the developing foot with soft and flexible leather soles that allow feet to feel the surface of the ground and promote the development of muscle strength as babies and toddlers learn to walk and explore their environments.
I started Gray Fox in 2015 when my son Gus was around 6 months old. I was on a quest for soft-soled shoes for the little guy as he was starting to become more mobile. I was looking for comfortable shoes that would stay on his feet and that were simple and gender neutral, without any superfluous design elements. After failing to find exactly what I wanted I decided to make a pair for him myself. A few years back I had purchased some leather scraps from Narragansett Leather in Damariscotta Maine, so I grabbed a few pieces of leather and made my first pair of shoes, sewing by hand. The shoes I made were based on existing, soft soled elastic closure shoes in the market, but with a different, classic, minimalist loafer design that made them unlike anything I had been able to find up to that point.
It turned out that without fail, every time I left the house with my son wearing these shoes I would get comments from people asking where they were from and commenting on the design. I soon realized I should probably quit my day job and become a shoemaker!