I'm Leslie - Sole Mom behind the scenes of this boutique online shop. Raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; I'm a sleep deprived Mom in Portland, Oregon who wears yoga pants and hopes to one day sleep through the night again. I love all things coffee, my friends, a hard laugh, and my family. I left a corporate gig to stay home with and raise my two daughters. I created Little Love Bug: after my own children, whom I call my “Little Love Bugs”. Little Love Bug Co gives my brain another avenue of thought beyond unicorns, never ending laundry, "toot" jokes, and the typical growing pains of my little stinkers.
My two little love bugs and cheese balls - 4 & 2 years old.
I’ve always loved baby moccasins and the benefits they have for little feet. Rigid, constricting shoes, while cute (who doesn’t love the look of those miniature size Nike Air Max shoes) affect foot development. Did you know there are 26 bones in the foot? Feet move in to proper alignment naturally for a toddler, as long as they're not restrained or restricted. I tried to have my littles run around barefoot as much as possible, but the American Board of Pediatrics recommends soft sole shoes once children begin to walk to protect their feet from rocks, slivers, temperatures, rough surfaces, etc. and toddlers are recommended to continue to be in flexible soft soled shoes until the age of two...⠀
With pediatric recommendations, I purchased many moccasins (even the expensive brands) loving the idea that my kids could feel the floor to learn early balance and felt happy that I was encouraging proper foot growth. However, I found my kids would slip, as the standard moccs didn't have enough grip. They would also easily rip holes in un-durable bottoms - especially once they were more active.⠀
My husband said no more moccs - Wait. What? No more expensive moccs that would rip up in a day and had our babies slipping on almost any type of floor.⠀
Listening well has never been a strong quality of mine and needing a brain distraction as my dad battled two different forms of cancer, I dove head first in to learning how to create and run my own mocc shop. In September of 2017, I launched online and within 6 months, 2,000 pairs of my high quality leather moccasins had been purchased, worn, and tested by little love bugs worldwide. Not to mention, I had endless choices of moccs to have my littles run around in and my dad beat cancer. #winning .⠀
I hope you and your little bug enjoys them as much as mine have,
Mom and Owner
Little Love Bug Company®
PS. I love hearing from my customers and get excited to see your little's tagged in my brand, so if you don't follow me yet on Instagram, meet me there and join in my journey - you might just win some free stuff!