The friends and mothers of two recently chose to combine fashionable forces, leading to the coolest collab of kicks that will have parents wanting grownup sizes for themselves. Standouts include a pair of olive oil stompers with foxtails (perfect for crunching through fall leaves) and burgundy slip-ons adorned with pom-poms. (Convinced your closet needs them )
Continue reading below to learn what led the two mamas to collaborate, how Jaime’s kiddos motivated the designs, and more, then scroll through the gallery over to find the full lookbook — that celebrities King’s two adorable sons, 4-year-old James Knight (seen below) and 2-year-old Leo Thames — and store the cool kicks over on AKID’s website.
How did the two of you link, and what was the moment that led you two to collaborate?
Ashleigh: Jaime and her son James Knight have been fans of the AKID from day one; I am forever thankful for their support. When Jaime mentioned that she wished to collaborate, it was a no-brainer. The entire process was seamless as we are very much on precisely the same page from a design standpoint. She really gets the brand DNA.
Jaime: My son loved the lineup [and] each pair ; anytime I tried to put him anything else he would just flip out. I met [Ashley] as my buddy Jenny Cox does PR for her and we have a great deal of friends in common. I went to a couple of [events] and that is when we began talking and became friends. It was really actually sort of funny, if we were designing the group together, we had been writing down ideas and [Ashleigh] was like,”OMG we’re literally creating that right now.” She’s constantly ahead of what every mother wants. Subsequently it was all about,”What are you not creating yet?” It just came naturally [to] style kid shoes for tiny little feet.
Were there any particular people, places, or things that motivated the aesthetic and designs?
Ashleigh: It had been all very much a”great minds think alike” scenario. The first concepts we put together did not wind up translating when we moved into production. After multiple rounds of tweaking the concept and also the materials, we managed to perfect the line to make the last collection. I’m very pleased with the last product and need every single pair in my size!
Jaime: A great deal of the color inspiration [came from a] autumn palette and James Knight’s things, but still brilliant. He [and] Leo Thames are very far my muses.
Jaime, did your children have a state in the shoe designs?
Jaime: James Knight was very helpful, I’m convinced Ashleigh would not have thought a 3-year-old would allow me to create my final decision! I would lay [all the samples] out and have him touch each thing and choose. We had a whole bunch of choices [and] it was agony, I needed every single shoe — there was this orange and so many [other] awesome colors, it was really hard because I really could go forever [designing].
When you’re brainstorming the styles, what were some of the”must-have” design components?
AshleighWe agreed that the group has to be fun and playful!
Jaime: I desired it to be easy to wear; there is always a part of pleasure. Originally we wanted googly eyes but they would not stick. We also wanted to design a shoe that would last forever — quickly style is actually damaging our planet, so we [needed everything to be] good quality so you are able to down them to your other kids.
What is your favourite shoe style in the collection, and how do you design it in your little ones?
Ashleigh: I’m a boot girl! Perhaps it’s my roots. We love a fantastic boot! I’d style a pair of the Foxtail ATTICUS boots on my little guys with a cool set of baggy sweats or camo pants using a T-shirt. Straightforward with an edge!
Jaime: Right now we only have the purple set since the lineup only launched online. [Up to clothing, James Knight] just wears Gardner and the Gang, which he enjoys.
Besides each other (obviously), who are some other women who inspire you?
Jaime: In the present time, my friend Erica [Chidi Cohen], that wrote a book and opened a supportive space for girls [known as ] LOOM [in Los Angeles]. In France they’ve crèches (cheap or free childcare providers subsidized by the government) for example, but in the U.S. pregnancy is seen as a handicap. I hope to find LOOMs throughout the world one day. It would not be fair to name just one or two because they are all equally inspirational to me!
What’s your current favourite”mom hack”?
Jaime: Crateful! [As moms] we try to do everything, but there’s no anything, [therefore ] from now on we are having meals delivered. Currently there’s always food [in the house] and that I have the nutrition that I need, the energy I need, and something that is all nice and organic.
AshleighI swear by Uber and will often utilize them do drop-offs and pick-ups for everything and anything including work files, birthday presents, and candy out of our favourite shop when I am stuck at work or home. Additionally, Glamsquad when you need it! And the major thing for meal prep (and just eating healthy in general) is having everything cut up in advance so that you can just grab and go in the morning.