ryan ringholz is the founder and head designer for plae and an award winning footwear specialist who has worked with the likes of puma, diesel and new balance.
using his years of top level experience, ryan created an inspiring range of shoes focused on children, the way their feet develop and the way they play. his attention to detail include clever heel tabs that make it easier for small hands and fingers to pull their shoes on, a generous toe guard protecting the foot and shoe from toe drag, virtually seam free inner sock for highly touch sensitive kids and a wide toe box for easy fitting.the very first plae styles, roan and emme, are named after ryan’s two children and the roan was the winner of the prestigious red dot award in 2014 for product design. “it’s all about putting kids first, and bringing out the kid in all of us”
PLAE use biometric science usually reserved for elite athletes to create a range of shoes that are focused on helping little feet grow healthily. children’s feet are soft, and mainly formed of cartilage until adulthood. co-designed with an orthopaedic surgeon, plae are dedicated to creating footwear that find the balance between style and function: