How a mom decided to become an entrepeneur

It was the last straw.

I had shopped continuously between Orlando, Tampa and Sarasota while hitting random boutiques and malls in between. The hunt was for a one-inch, black patent leather, sling back shoe. I hadn’t seen it in a catalogue or a commercial, but it had to exist in a store nearby, right? I mean, I had to find the shoes to match this dress.  I had to have the perfect shoes to match the perfect holiday dress for my daughter who was 11 years old and wearing a size 11 shoe.  Yep, a six-grader in a large woman’s size shoe. I needed these shoes. Better yet, I had to have these shoes. I just didn’t want to reduce her red, black and white holiday dress with all the frills to basic black flats. I had already settled for less the previous Easter when the same dilemma occurred and I ended up with shoes that detracted from her colorful floral dress. Something so small had become a huge undertaking. It’s true that the larger the shoe size the more mature the shoe looks. So, imagine the frustration of shoe shopping with my then 11-year-old daughter who insisted that every single size 11 shoe that we found was made just for her.made just for h

Yep, a six-grader in a large woman’s size shoe. I needed these shoes. Better yet, I had to have these shoes. I just didn’t want to reduce her red, black and white holiday dress with all the frills to basic black flats. I had already settled for less the previous Easter when the same dilemma occurred and I ended up with shoes that detracted from her colorful floral dress. Something so small had become a huge undertaking. It’s true that the larger the shoe size the more mature the shoe looks. So, imagine the frustration of shoe shopping with my then 11-year-old daughter who insisted that every single size 11 shoe that we found was made just for her, regardless of the heel height or the mature style. The only thing that mattered in her mind was that they fit.

I just couldn’t do this again. I started to ask around to other parents of tween girls who wear women size shoes and realized that we were all suffering in silence. We all wished that there was a one-stop shop that we could go to and purchase or to order age-appropriate shoes for our darling daughters. I then decided that I would create an online store that would become the favorite footwear store for tween girls and their parents. Hannah’s Shoebox is a cool place where girls between the ages of 8 and 13 enjoy shopping for shoes. We offer a selection of shoes that are in the styles they like in the sizes they need

Hannah’s Shoebox was born out of frustration just like most other creations and inventions. However, we have fallen in love with our online store that provides a fashion footwear solution for parents of girls in women’s shoes.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I wish you existed when I was 7 years old back in 1959 and was making my First Holy Communion back in Brooklyn, NY. I was only 8 at the time and wore a size 7 shoe and my Mother and Dad had been to every shoes store they could think of to find an appropriate shoe to go with my Communion Dress. FINALLY in a small Mom & Pop fine shoe store all the way out on Long Island in the Village of Huntington on the main shopping street, was the answer to all our prayers literally and figuratively. The restrictions from the Catholic School I attended was that the shoes were flats and thus my problem. How many Size 7 Womens shoes back in the 50’s had flats? Women at that time were wearing mid-height heels and here I was only 8. Then to add insult to injury, the school opted for uniforms where now the requirement was saddle shoes. Trust me, I have gone through the same thing that so many other young girls are going through and I can so appreciate you grabbing the bull by the horns and opening your own shop! By the way, I am now 68 and wear a size 12 EW, but atleast now there are shoe stores that can fit me. My favorite being SAS for shoes and NIKE and KEDS for sneakers. Propet is another company with decent sandals and sneakers.
    I wish you all the success in the world on your endeavor and may your company grow strong and big and get rid of all the naysayers who say we can’t manufacture those styles and sizes. They can if they tried. Just too lazy to get into the market. OH, I also had a hard time getting “Dyebales” in my size as I was a Flower Girl and Junior Bridesmaid and needed shoes that could be dyed to match the Bridal Party. That may be something you might want to think of. Hey, who knows what will come next, Ice Skates or Roller Skates, had a problem with them too! At any rate, I wish you the very best of it all!

    BEVERLY A SCHUBIS

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