Our Story

It all started when...

... in 2013 Londoner Sigrid Gelati-Meinert, decided to start her own shoe brand Peponita. After a misspent youth trawling markets and vintage stalls for the perfect shoe the result was blisters, broken straps and bitter disappointments.

Sigrid therefore decided to design a range of shoes that would be fun and colourful, with heels you can actually walk in, comfortable enough to wear all day, and stylish enough to take you from the office to the evening.

Designed in London and made in Italy, the shoes draw the best from both: the urban chic of London combined with the quality shoe-making tradition of Italy. In Sigrid's words, the shoes are designed for "free thinking, independent women who appreciate quality, craftsmanship and style" and are named after London locations in the city "I grew-up in and love."

Since 2013, through participating in pop up shops and trade fairs Sigrid has met loads of amazing entrepreneurial women who are all designing and making wonderful products. Sigrid decided it would be great to have a shop to showcase all these talents.

So Peponita is now a collection of female designers, artisan makers and shoe lovers, dedicated to making beautiful and functional products with purpose. We don’t just want to make things you wear, but things you want to live in and can’t live without. We are influenced by classic and vintage design and traditional methods of manufacturing.

All our products are handmade in either the finest family run factories in Europe or right here in London by some of our amazing designer makers themselves.

In February 2017 Peponita expanded to a new shop location and on the weekends we now serve delicious coffee from Volcano, a small batch roastery based in Brixton, alongside amazing homemade cakes by our very own star barista & baker Georgie.