I’m a podcast-obsessed, chocolate-loving mum of boys who are ‘born explorers’ and basically live outdoors. Thankfully they grow up in the Central West of NSW, an environment with unlimited nature adventures (and flies) for them to chase.
In 2018, I was working as a teacher and understood how important outdoor play was for kids to learn and grow. But I’ve always loved colourful shoes, so when the opportunity to combine both interests came up, I knew I had to jump at it.
With the seemingly inescapable temptation of screen time, it’s never been more important to make outdoor play as appealing as possible.
With active little ones, indoor play dates were not overly enjoyable. So, we mostly opted for the park or backyard where the children needed clothing that allowed them to be outside, comfortable, and easy to spot in a busy space. I was also mindful of how quickly they grew and looked to purchase items that were versatile enough to be worn to different events and provided value for money.
What I wasn't ready for was how early children develop their own sense of style and become particular (and vocal) about what they wear.
I was working as a teacher so I understood how important outdoor play was for kids to learn and grow. But I’d always dreamed of opening a shoe store (you’re right, gumboots were not top of mind) so when the opportunity to combine both interests came up, I knew I had to jump at it. And as a mum, you really can't go past the practicality of gumboots.
With our wide range of colours and the flexibility to mix and match styles, we believe it’s possible for your child’s personality to shine – without the need for gimmicky cartoon characters or fad patterns.
With the seemingly inescapable temptation of screen time, it’s never been more important to make outdoor play as appealing as possible. Our mission is to make good-looking, quality rainwear easily accessible. We want to make it easy for parents to encourage their children to explore and play outside – but save them from the meltdowns over wet socks or heavy, itchy jackets.
WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO DO OUTDOOR PLAY THE FRENCH SODA WAY?
We all need a jacket that’s soft, easy to wear and more importantly easy to wash. French Soda raincoats are the ultimate all-round jacket. These raincoats are carefully made from polyurethane and lined with cotton, so they don’t contain plastic or restrict mobility. The timeless design and unisex colours mean they can be passed from one child to the next.
A classic design certainly doesn’t mean dull. Our solid colours and simple designs can easily be coordinated with lots of outfits.
French Soda gumboots should be a staple in every kid’s wardrobe. With busy lifestyles, worry-free outdoor play can be pushed aside, but we promise that sitting a pair of our colourful gumboots by the back door will inspire their next outdoor adventure.
Made from natural rubber, our gumboots provide a durable, waterproof shoe that’s suitable for wet weather, long grass and uneven surfaces. This natural material is less damaging to produce than PVC alternatives and it is biodegradable.