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Our story

 

Wildling’s exciting and unusual journey begins with Anna, Ran, and their three children. From wild feet in Israel to the first minimalist shoe – this is their story:

“We lived in Israel for 12 years and our children were born there. In their early years, they always ran around in bare feet, and we were constantly impressed by the way they moved with such agility, confidence, and power. In 2013, we moved back to Germany. When autumn rolled around, it was time for us to buy them shoes, but – even among the most expensive children’s shoes – we couldn't find a pair that would allow our children to continue to walk naturally, much less that they actually wanted to put on feet that had grown so accustomed to freedom. There seemed to be something fundamentally wrong with standard children's shoes. A look at the statistics confirmed our fears – 98% of all children are born with healthy feet, yet only a small proportion of adult feet are still completely healthy. The fault usually lies with shoes that fit poorly and are incorrectly designed. It was high time for a new concept and a new generation of children's shoes!

“As a sports therapist, trainer, and passionate barefoot runner, Ran had always been a fanatic when it came to natural movement and the underlying biomechanicals. Anna loves the challenge of turning new ideas into reality and communicating the message behind Wildling Shoes in a way that conveys their own unique identity.

“Together with last makers, shoe designers, and modelers, we developed a shoe that embodies an entirely new concept, from the materials to the sole to the fit. Unlike traditional approaches, which start from the premise that feet need to be held, supported, and guided, we’re convinced that feet are healthy by nature and simply need to be allowed to develop and grow strong. That’s why our shoes interfere with the foot as little as possible – like a second skin – protecting feet from injury and weather without impacting them and their natural functions in any other way.”

 

Wildling’s exciting and unusual journey begins with Anna, Ran, and their three children. From wild feet in Israel to the first minimalist shoe – this is their story:

“We lived in Israel for 12 years and our children were born there. In their early years, they always ran around in bare feet, and we were constantly impressed by the way they moved with such agility, confidence, and power. In 2013, we moved back to Germany. When autumn rolled around, it was time for us to buy them shoes, but – even among the most expensive children’s shoes – we couldn't find a pair that would allow our children to continue to walk naturally, much less that they actually wanted to put on feet that had grown so accustomed to freedom. There seemed to be something fundamentally wrong with standard children's shoes. A look at the statistics confirmed our fears – 98% of all children are born with healthy feet, yet only a small proportion of adult feet are still completely healthy. The fault usually lies with shoes that fit poorly and are incorrectly designed. It was high time for a new concept and a new generation of children's shoes!

“As a sports therapist, trainer, and passionate barefoot runner, Ran had always been a fanatic when it came to natural movement and the underlying biomechanicals. Anna loves the challenge of turning new ideas into reality and communicating the message behind Wildling Shoes in a way that conveys their own unique identity.

“Together with last makers, shoe designers, and modelers, we developed a shoe that embodies an entirely new concept, from the materials to the sole to the fit. Unlike traditional approaches, which start from the premise that feet need to be held, supported, and guided, we’re convinced that feet are healthy by nature and simply need to be allowed to develop and grow strong. That’s why our shoes interfere with the foot as little as possible – like a second skin – protecting feet from injury and weather without impacting them and their natural functions in any other way.”

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