Meet Kim and Alyssia. They are the mother-daughter duo behind Mia’s Moccs, a shop that carries baby and toddler leather moccasins. Yes, those super adorable fringe-y shoes that you try to rock as an adult!
How did you guys first start your business?
Based in British Columbia, Canada, Mia’s Moccs was founded in early 2016 by mother-daughter duo Kim and Alyssia.
Mia’s Moccs was created to offer stylish leather moccasins for babies and toddlers at affordable prices. When Alyssia was pregnant with Mia, she had a hard time finding baby shoes for under $45, so she decided to design and create great-quality genuine leather moccasins, with her mom Kim, that everyone could afford.
Each pair of moccasins are designed in Canada by Kim and Alyssia, and lovingly and ethically handmade overseas by their own team of seamstresses using the most durable cow leather. Each pair of moccasins contain leather soles for durability and sanitary reasons, as they’re easy to wipe clean, and a cushy insole to provide extra protection and comfort for your little one. Bigger sizes now include rubber soles for extra traction.
Mia’s Moccs are a great gift as they can be used as everyday shoes, slippers or day care shoes, and are able to be dressed up or down for any special occasion.
Mia’s Moccs has been awarded the Nanny Robina Seal of Approval after extensive product testing by Canadian celebrities, parenting experts, doctors and moms and have been featured on Breakfast Television Toronto.
By purchasing a pair of Mia’s Moccs, you’re not only receiving a pair of stylish and comfortable shoes for your little one, you’re joining our family.
What’s your key advice to running a small business/biggest challenge?
Running a small business looks like it’s easy and looks like it’s going to be an easy profit, but it’s not. It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication and a lot of competition. Be prepared to stay up late designing, packing orders, replying to emails and spending your weekends traveling to and from markets. It’s so amazing and rewarding working for yourself, but it’s a lot easier to work for someone else! If you’re looking to get rich fast, don’t start a small business.
What inspires you?
The thing that inspires us the most, is being able to wake up and do something we love everyday. Kim is able to run her own travel agency and Mia’s Moccs at the same time, while Alyssia is able to run Mia’s Moccs and be a stay at home mom. We enjoy working together and have created a legacy company that hopefully Mia will take over one day! What also inspires us is the love and support from our amazing customers. Without our customers, we wouldn’t be able to keep Mia’s Moccs going. We’ve met and talked to customers from all over the world, and have actually grown an extended family.