So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
So I knew I just had to share Ten Feet with you – I mean just look at their shoes, aren’t they gorgeous? Bring on Summer! Their website is launching soon so keep an eye out! And please give them a follow on Instagram and Facebook – they would appreciate the love and support. These gorgeous shoes are made here locally in South Africa. Please support this special business!
We chatted to Clare, the founder of Ten Feet and she had this to say to us!
Why Ten Feet?
I can remember as a young girl, dreaming about and envisioning shoes that matched my sparkling young imagination.
I wished I could copy and paste what I saw in my minds eye and prance around in those attention-grabbing shoes. And so I finally decided to turn that dream into an opportunity.
I’ve always been obsessed with beautiful prints, lots of colour and detail which is my core focus with Ten Feet . I can’t wait to share what I have been working on with you really soon!
Tell us about your business and what products you are selling?
Ten Feet is a personalised lifestyle shoe brand with a love for textures, detail as well as sophisticated prints. We are all for freedom for feet! That’s right! The freedom to make your shoe, YOUR SHOE!
Ten Feet allows “You to do You”! Your shoe, your print, made by us just for you.
We have a selection of exquisite on-trend prints that are designed exclusively for Ten Feet. Choose your fabric, choose your shoe and we will lovingly bring it to life for you. Our shoes are made with the highest quality leather and fabric offering both comfort and style. We create your shoe and we get to know you as we do!
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
1. People are going to disappoint you – I had an experience with a supplier who really challenged me but I look back and now know that if that did not happen, I would not have found the suppliers that I now have.
2. Detail, detail and detail – paying attention to the small things, in and amongst the large, can really help to set you apart.
3. Don’t compromise on your vision – there will be people who want to influence your thinking but if you believe in your idea and you are driven to make it work, stay the course. I advise to always listen to what people think and then choose if you want to make that a part of your dream.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
One thing I would say to people who have an idea is just to start. You don’t have to have it all together. You don’t have to have anything together. You just start with one phone call, one email or one request for pricing to get the ball going and then another one. That is how I started. If you are committed and you have a bold vision for where you want to take your business, then keep going with the small tasks every day and you will see growth.