These past couple of years were very busy ones for Tracy Ingle and her brother, Tonie Jones.
After spending a huge amount of their time cultivating the seed of an idea for an eco-friendly shoe company producing footwear that promotes foot health, the two have launched JEMOS footwear.
The pair, from Kansas City and St. Joseph, MO respectively, now produce a line of shoes at a factory in China using high-quality remnant leather from an American furniture company. Talk about a green dream – Tracy and Tonie are making stylish footwear for infants and toddlers that pamper tiny feet – and Mother Nature as well.
“At first, we just wanted to make an amazingly cute shoe for our babies. And after a very long time doing research, design and development, we felt driven to make a better shoe,” the company says on their website. “Our shoes are all hand sewn in small orders using high quality craftsmanship, with attention to detail – babies should have quality.”
JEMOS – a name crafted from the first letters of their children’s names – are soft-soled and flexible shoes with a breathable lining available for newborns through 24+ months, featuring 21 styles for both girls and boys. The sturdy soles have a triple layer of cushioning, extra cushioned ankles for comfort and Velcro closures for ease of dressing. The shoes also feature a wider toe area for growing feet and a flat sole, features that are highly recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for proper foot development and health. They’re great for beginning crawlers and first time walkers, protecting little feet both indoors and out.
JEMOS uses superior quality, hand chosen leather remnants that are supremely soft and ultra flexible, which means more comfort for children and less waste for the environment.
**BONUS ALERT** Each pair of shoes also comes with a cute animal finger puppet!
The company plans to introduce at least six new styles each season, so the line stays stylish and vibrant from season to season.