OUR ETHOS /
We are an independent footwear and lifestyle brand based in the UK that has fallen in love with the Swedish Clog. Driven by a true love for beautiful, handmade items and the determination to keep traditional crafts and manufacturing methods alive, we have been designing consciously crafted KIT + CLOGS that are connected to their roots since 2016.
Our clogs reflect and respect where they’ve come from and how they’re made. We use natural, sustainably sourced materials and organic vegetable dyes. Each purchase supports small, family-run businesses and traditional crafts in a world where they are threatened by cheap, low-quality, mass-produced alternatives. This is slow fashion. We are striving towards a fairer future for fashion and a world in which good-quality, well-designed pieces are thoughtfully and sensitively produced and purchased.
Through collaborations and connections with other makers, designers and small businesses our vision and our collection has evolved. Our online store showcases a carefully curated selection of fashion and lifestyle items for conscious living. Always strong, sustainable and handmade.
OUR CLOGS /
The Kitty Clogs family tree starts with a traditional work shoe. Clogs have been worn for centuries in rural and industrial settings around the world as protective and practical footwear that’s well-loved for being hard-wearing and comfortable. The first recorded wooden shoes were made from Alder wood. Just like ours are today.
Our traditional wooden bases are made from Alder wood which grows naturally in controlled FSC certified forests. Alder trees grow best near the water, in wet woodlands or on river banks. Because of this the wood is naturally tolerant to moisture, making it an ideal material for making clogs because the wood doesn’t crack, rot or shrink easily when exposed to the elements. This, combined with Alder wood’s magic insulating properties and lightweight nature, ensure that your Kitty Clogs keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. Each Kitty Clogs wooden base is crafted by hand and individually checked to ensure the highest standard of quality. Any bases that we can’t use go back into the heating and running of the workshop in Sweden.
Traditional Swedish Träskor (“wooden shoe”) have always been made with a leather upper as opposed to their fully-wooden cousins the Dutch Klompen. Our leather is sustainably sourced by a small, family-run Italian tannery and dyed using environmentally friendly methods and organic vegetable dyes. We use time-honoured patterns and methods to ensure the least amount of wastage during production.
YOUR KITTY SISTERS /
After meeting a family in Sweden who have been handcrafting traditional träskor since the 1950’s, our founder Sacha fell in love with the clogs and decided to bring them to the UK. As she embarked on this adventure, serendipity brought together a team of women who together began transforming the Swedish träskor into the ever-evolving collection that it is today. We are only a small team but we have a shared vision and great ambition.
We are Sacha, Jess, Jo, Sumi + Laura. We are an all female team with combined backgrounds in fashion & textiles, design, illustration and photography. Based on the South coast of the UK, we work together designing and showcasing our clog collection from our seaside home with trips to see our clog-makers in Sweden. 2021 represented an exciting step forwards for us as we also began production in the UK, making original flex-base clogs in our Hastings studio.
Our approach to business centres around our respect for the environment and our love of good design, good people and good times. We do this because we love it. We hope you do too.
With peace, love & clogs, as always,
From your Kitty Sisters X