About Us


BadorfKids.com is the newest endeavor in the rich and storied history of Badorf Shoe Company, Inc.

Badorf Shoe Company, Inc. has been producing and distributing the finest children’s footwear brands since 1928. Badorf Shoe Company, Inc. was started in Lititz, PA, by brothers Norman and Paul Badorf. The company was owned and operated by the Badorf family for nearly 40 years until its purchase by Ura Gingerich in 1967. Forty seven years later, the family tradition has continued and the company is now operated by Ura’s son Duane Gingerich and grandsons, Justin and Brandon Gingerich.


Originating in 1968, FootMates was the creation of historic children’s shoe manufacturer, Badorf Shoe Company, Inc. FootMates has developed a vast following due to its commitment to creating the finest infant and toddler shoes for kids. Specializing in basic and classic patterns, FootMates uses the finest leathers and materials to provide the perfect look, feel and fit for your child. Whether for special occasions or for everyday wear, FootMates provides the style that parents want and the comfort that children need. FootMates’ specialized Custom Fit System (CFS) provides dual-insoles to allow customized fitting for those sometimes difficult toddler feet! Millions of customers have trusted their children’s feet to FootMates. See for yourself the “classic” difference.


With a storied history dating back to 1873, Tsukihoshi (Moonstar in Japan) is Japan's largest manufacturer and distributor of children's footwear. Having collaborated with orthopedic specialists since 1985, Tsukihoshi has perfected a line of children’s shoes that focuses on the health, protection and comfort of children’s feet. Every Tsukihoshi style is machine washable, anti-bacterial and ultra-lightweight, and is designed to not only support but promote proper foot development. These attributes, along with the brand’s fashion-forward styling, make Tsukihoshi stand-out as a truly unique brand in children's athletics.


NEW for 2014, CrabbyClaws is redefining the children’s flip-flop market. Featuring stunning color combinations, ornate foot-bed designs, adjustable back-straps, high quality fashion uppers, and ultra-comfy EVA outsoles, CrabbyClaws provides the fashion, comfort and functionality for a summertime of family adventures. Whether at the beach, the pool or for everyday wear, try CrabbyClaws and see how much fun flip-flops can be!


Founded in 1969 in the Black Forest region of southern Germany, Ricosta has become one of the most popular and respected infants' and children's brands throughout Europe. Ricosta and its infants' brand, Pepino, are unmatched in their commitment to offer unique shoes that will allow your child to be active, have fun and grow healthy. Environmentally certified (ISO 14001) and recycling over 95% of its waste materials, Ricosta not only focuses on providing a perfect environment for your child’s feet, but also on its responsibility to be a good steward of the Earth. With Ricosta and Pepino, your child's health will never be compromised.


Introduced in 2013, Pipit specializes in infants' comfort footwear with a commitment to being “good for feet” and “gentle on the Earth”. Pipit combines the finest leathers with beautiful craftsmanship to provide the perfect balance of softness and structure. Featuring no-seam linings, adjustable closures and pillow-soft designs, Pipit creates the ultimate foundation for developing feet. Pipit is equally committed to the environment, as the brand follows the highest European quality standards using non-toxic material processes and eco-friendly waste standards, as well as recycled material packaging. With Pipit, it is about providing the best for our children and our planet.