A love of gardening, a pair of tired old wellies, a clothes peg and a hydrangea flower marked the beginning of Poddy and Black. This is how our iconic "Poddy" was born. It was with these images firmly planted in our minds we set to work sketching out what would later become our first gardening footwear collection.
Spending many hours together, enjoying the occasional gin and tonic, it quickly became clear that we all had the same goals.
Our boots had to be comfortable and practical but not only that - we believe that all gardeners have a creative flair, often matched in their homes and personal style, and so our boots had to look good too. We like to think we have achieved this and have made it possible for everyone to express themselves in their own unique way; the Poddy allows you to find your own style! Because no matter which boot or shoe you choose, how big or small your garden is or what task is at hand, we know your feet will feel good and look fabulous.
Meet the Team
Vanessa works in footwear and fashion and has also travelled the globe for luxury brands, she is passionate about sustainability in the supply chain, and knows some of the very best factories. That means we have been able to choose a factory well known to us; a factory who is able to meet our exacting standards to produce the Poddy and Black collection. She has some kooky style ideas and is never afraid to experiment where fashion is concerned; it was her idea to peg flowers to her old wellies that brought us to where we are today.
Justine is a natural people person and communicator and has worked predominantly in customer service. An intuitive stylist and home maker she is also a wizard cook and loves to spend time rustling up delicious meals. Her spare time is spent in the garden, which is the envy of us all, so be sure to watch out for her How To Guides in decorating your Poddy with flowers and foliage.
Amanda's career has always been in shoe design. Over the years her work has taken her to many countries around the world, designing for some of the biggest brands. Her love of design isn't only about footwear, and when the opportunity arose for her to design and build a new family home she wanted it to be an ultra-low energy house. She is now an expert in Passive House construction and can turn her hand to pretty much any creative or practical task.
We hope you love wearing your Poddy and Blacks as much as we have loved creating them. Whether you have huge gardens to maintain or a small window box of herbs, whether the dog needs a walk or you have to put the rubbish out, whether you have seeds to plant or roses to prune... We have a Poddy & Black that's great for the job!
- All Poddy and Black products are designed in the UK. Our rubber boots are made in China using Asian tree-grown, natural rubber. The production process is almost entirely handmade and uses techniques that can be traced back to the mid nineteenth century.
- The inner sock and lining are made from recycled cotton and printed with our signature design. The boxes that your boots arrive in are made from recycled cardboard and printed with a vegetable ink and even the tissue paper is recycled.
- The factory we use for production is very well known to us, meets the highest standards of environmental and social governance and we visit often to maintain a mutually fair and respectful relationship with the team there.
Enjoy your boots and have fun customising your Poddy, but most of all, enjoy your gardening!