Menthe et Grenadine was founded by Katharina von Massenbach. Katharina spent her childhood in Germany, Austria and France. Together with her French cousins she was dressed in smocked clothes, T-bar shoes and Mary Janes for many years! She later discovered that it was increasingly difficult to dress children in a classic style. And where had those timeless children's shoes from her childhood gone? The idea was born to revive vintage children's shoes. Katharina decided to pursue courses in shoe design and foot health, and launched her first collection of traditional children's shoes in 2011.
Menthe et Grenadine children's shoes are designed in Sussex, England where Katharina has now been living for many years. In order to meet her requirements in quality, practicality, design and comfort, every detail of a shoe is chosen carefully. Katharina trained at the Society of Shoe Fitters which focuses on foot health and correct footwear. At MetG we respect the health of little feet by choosing the right shape for comfort, soft European leathers inside out for breathability and flexible natural rubber soles for a natural foot movement.
Our high-quality children's shoes are manufactured in a small family-run European factory that still masters the art of traditional shoemaking. Our factory was established in the 1970s and is still in the hands of the same family. The founder is now in his 80s, and still comes to the factory every day to help his son and nephew! His wife is still helping out in the stitching department. Making shoes the traditional way implies a great deal of handicraft. All these beautiful skills need to be passed on to the next generation of shoemakers in Europe! Enjoy an exciting insight on our workshop page.
We are proud about our online shoe fitting. Our fitting page guides you through precise feet measuring and individual size charts. The secret lies in knowing the exact inner lengths of each size in each style. This requires a lot of measuring from our part but it is worth it. We also offer advice on how to fit new shoes at home. Our job only ends once you confirm that the shoes fit and your child runs off showing off the new shoes!
Our illustrated website will hopefully be equally enjoyed by you and your children, making online shoe shopping a fun experience. All illustrations are lovingly hand-drawn by Katharina.
Long summer holidays spent on the French Vendée coast, spending many high-teas with cousins under the shadow of pine trees, eating brioche and drinking the delicious mint and red fruit cordials “sirops de menthe et grenadine” not only brought unforgettable childhood memories but also the inspiration for Menthe et Grenadine!