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Esska was launched in 2006 and has since been known for its stylish, confident and timeless designs. Souraya Karami Gyves, Esska’s founder and designer, originally trained and worked as an architect before deciding that her future lay in shoes. Having studied and re-trained in footwear design at the renowned Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion, Souraya spent a couple of years honing her skills before starting the Esska marque out of the spare bedroom of her East London flat.
It was Souraya’s passion for shoes and, in her words, ‘a distinct lack of footwear that is designed for confident women who place equal value on comfort and beauty’ that led her to develop Esska.
Souraya’s dream back in 2006 was to make shoes that were feminine, comfortable, and not over designed. "I believe in inner beauty and the concept of feeling good" says Souraya, "it's the harmony with oneself that makes one look good.”
Esska’s design aesthetic is refined and modern, seamlessly blending clean lines, layered materials and bold colours. The brand speaks to women who want original, comfortable and timeless footwear, taking them from season to season, day to night, enhancing their individual style. Each shoe is made in a small artisan factory where craftsmen lovingly create the brand’s vision and incorporate the key product elements - breathable leather uppers & linings, a specially developed padded insole and a non-slip rubber outsole.