So, it began like this….
Hi, my name is Katrina (or Kat to my friends. Hello new friend) and I am a mumma of a busy, independent and wonderful 3 year-old little boy with my 2nd child is due this June 2020.
About a year and a half ago I decided to challenge myself by coming up with a way to continue to spend as much time with my kids as possible without having to go back working for ‘the man’. Somehow I just couldn’t see myself in the corporate world any longer, especially with hubby focusing on his career and sometimes travelling away for 1-2 weeks at a time.
LIGHTBULB MOMENT, I KNOW! I’ll become a mumpreneur!
So, I decided to research items I love and some of those were shoes. Who doesn’t love shoes right?! Well, late one night I came across the Mexican huarache (which means sandal in Spanish by the way). I was immediately excited by the bright casual style, plus I hadn’t seen anything else like it before. I missed out on travelling to Mexico on a planned trip 2 years ago as I found out I was pregnant with my Jack, so this was a bonus and an excuse to explore Mexico. These shoes spoke to me, they were a reflection of my personality in the different colours, durable leather for the everyday use, super comfortable flats for this busy mum and they could funk up the everyday jeans and t-shirt. Perfect!
So, after finding a supplier, I left the toddler and a detailed roster for my hubby, mum, sister and sister in law to care for him whilst I took a leap of faith and jumped on a plane, off to meet a potential supplier and the rest is history. Don’t get me wrong, I sat on the plane scared to death, thinking what on earth was I doing going to the other side of the world on what seemed a whim. Spending my hard saved cash, firstly on the trip and then on shoes that are not tested on our market. I almost got off the plane. However, once I landed and met up with a now great friend Karina, my fear subsided and some fun began. Luckily for me I had Karina who grew up in Mexico to translate and help me navigate Mexico. Without her and my supporting family, I don’t think I would have made it to launch. Much love, you know who you are!
Mexico is a wonderful country with a bright culture and an equally wonderful friendly people. I fell in love with the gorgeous little boutique towns and the huarache. P.S my supplier makes the most comfortable ones I have tried on. And I tried a lot whilst there.
The Dahlia huarache (pronounced ‘wa-ra-che) is handmade in a small town by local artisans in the state of Michoacán, about a few hours’ drive north of Mexico City. Check out the history of the huarache in our blog page. My shoes are all leather and 90% are vegetable dyed, so there are no harmful chemicals. The Dahlia Huarache is super comfortable and there is practically no wearing in of the shoes. Put them on and off you go! I wore mine all over Mexico and some days it involved lots of walking. No blisters and sore feet.
I just knew that I had to share them with all the other mumma's who may be looking for a comfortable stylish shoe that would have long lasting qualities. Like, how often do we get to buy shoes for ourselves. So, we want them made for most occasions and a little funky. Nothing quite like someone saying they love your shoes and asking where you got them.
So, go on and spoil yourself! You won’t regret it!
Welcome to the Dahlia squad!