My First Steps are children's shoe specialists in a super store setting, a destination to serve all the little feet in Ireland. We aim to offer an unrivalled choice, quality and experience, designed with our little customers at the core of every decision we make.
As an independent store we have the luxury to hand pick each and every brand that gets stocked. We only choose brands we would want to buy for our own children that not only look great, but are good for their feet, good for the planet and always combining great style and the perfect fit. We are aiming to become the household name for children's shoes, especially their first walking shoes.
Our pre-walking shoes, and toddler first walking shoes are selected from podiatrist approved manufacturers who specialise in children's footwear, offering the best in terms of support, structure and materials.
For our older children we combine brands that support your child's foot every day, with fashion styles for special occasions. Like us, all our brands are committed to sustainability. From their design, to their production and distribution, whilst ethically caring for the people making the products.
The My First Steps adventure began when I became a mother for the first time – it totally transformed my mindset and the way I see the world, albeit slightly more tired, the world through the eyes of my child was much more exciting, simple and intriguing.
I have always wanted to work for myself but settling on the right idea, timing and to be honest confidence, it just never seemed to align. However, when my first baby Emilie was born needing medical intervention that resulted in a 7-month hospital stay for us both, my priorities changed forever. It took a further 2 years, involving that small thing of a global pandemic, and the huge thing of the birth of my second daughter Isabel for my mind to de-fog and the dream of self-employment to resurface and really take hold.
Many late nights on the sofa with my husband (and wine!) making lists and lists of business start-up idea’s, I just couldn’t settle on any one idea – it felt overwhelming, almost suffocating, knowing the dream I wanted to achieve but no idea how I was going to achieve it, and my maternity leave days coming to an end, fast and furious.
And then BOOM. During a 4am feeding session with my youngest my whole world lit up and I knew exactly what it is I was going to do – open an independent children's shoe shop that blew the competition and current offering out of the water. It would be aesthetically beautiful, simple and fun and totally customer focused, and offer us a platform to support causes close to our hearts.
So here it is My First Steps, a dream realised and now a home to the most exciting, expert and innovative brands in children's footwear teamed with a space where family can reconnect, shop and play.