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Style Flex featured in InsideKent magazine

Inside Kent and Inside Sussex have featured our bestselling winter shoe, style Flex! 

Perfect christmas gift to give to your loved ones this christmas, an easy wearing black patent with a feminine touch of wine laces. 

Esska launches first watch-but we need your help!

To all my lovely Esska friends and fans,

I am so proud to announce the birth of the first Esska watch! Following the same Esska ethos, of minimal and contemporary design. 
Click on the link below to read about the idea, the process, and the plan!! (oh, I love a plan!!)
It has been really exciting and am very happy with the two watches we have developed. I hope you like them too!

I need YOUR HELP to make it happen. I have just launched a kickstarter campaign, to get friends, fans and anyone who likes and believes in my brand to back it, so I can raise the funds I need to produce the watches. You will get your watch (if you order one) in May 2017 at an amazing early bird price, and you would have contributed to bringing this project to life.

Please share this email or the link below to help me reach as many people as possible. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/753827294/esska-watches-minimal-and-contemporary

Thank you!!
Souraya
 

Happy Hallooween!

Happy Halloween!

This Halloween we will be wearing anything rusty, a tan colour with a punch of orange and a wearable colour that makes your feet stand out from the crowd (in a good way!) We also have a new addition this week of Sila Rusty, a bestselling winter boot which is lightweight and flexible in our rusty colour with a grey outsole. Our personal favourtie in the office!

No tricks just treats! Be safe and have a happy Halloween!

Esska Studio and sample sale!

So we have planned another Sale in our Studio!
We will have our new and previous winter collections in a variety of sizes (from 35 to 42), so if you want to try before you buy just come over. And of course lots of bargains. 
Additionally we will have our famous sample sale, all samples are size 37/4 and everything must go...
Open from 9am to 5pm.
Bus 266 stops right under our office, and North Acton station (central line) is 2 minutes away.

AW16 Collection now made in Portugal

It is taken hard work and (alot!) of determination but we have done it.. we have made the move to Portugal! All our shoes are now produced in a small family run factory, making our brand now designed in London, made in Portugal!

Here is a small snippet of our two styles Act and Alba finished and waiting to be packed ready to sell to our lovely customers :) 

AW16 Photoshoot behind the scenes!

So all the way back in February we had a busy month in preparation for our AW16 photo shoot (which you can buy online now). We had our faithful photographer Natalie Watts behind the camera and our beautiful model Iryna, the shoot was all about colour (a hell of alot of painting!) and showing the shoes for what they are. We hope you love the collection just as much as we do, especially as they are now made in Portugal! (Hope we haven't mentioned that too much!)

Style Neo in Drapers!

Our wonderful friends (and stockists!) have selected our brand as one of their best sellers- be sure to pop into Black Truffle to find a great selection of Esska..

Style Nash in ES Magazine!

Our best selling sandal of this year is in ES Magazine! Style Nash rusty + navy is back in stock and at only £85 how could you resist?
Super comfortable, lightweight and sooo stylish no wonder they are our bestseller this summer.
Lets hope the sun makes an appearance soon!

Free flip flops with every order!

To celebrate 10 years of Esska we are giving away a free pair of flip flops with every order! Choose from red, yellow or teal and just add to your basket for free..

Great to take away on holiday or simply use at home when the sun is shining!

The Esska Trainer- Volt

A spring wardrobe staple and our very first trainer style which is ideal for everyday casual wear. Volt features a combination of a metallic leather and suede in a muted taupe and dark silver colour, making it easy to match with any outfit! Volt was designed as a casual trainer which offers both Combine with jeans to do the school run or with a summer tapered trouser to give a cool casual look. We are sure that Volt will be you go to casual shoe to wear all year round!

Meet 'Manu'

Meet 'Manu', the new Esska bag for this summer! After such a great response to our Mika wallets, we decided to expand our accessories range. At Esska we were all looking for a stylish bag that is practical, not too fussy design wise and just big enough to carry around our essentials. This has been a long process of trial and error, but we feel we have finally nailed it. Manu has been tested by us, and it passed the test unanimously and we hope you will love it as much as we do!

New wallets in fresh summer colours!

Our new 'Mika' wallets have arrived in very summery pop colours. We just love them and want to have them all, for every occasion a colour! Which is your favourite?

New summer collection launching soon!

We already want to show you what is coming in a few weeks... our new spring/summer collection! Esska has gone bold, we hope you will love our new styles as much as we do. More news coming soon. Oh, and we can't wait to tell you about our new accessories, stay tuned!

Esska's new Wallet collection is here!

Like many businesses Esska was born out of a want and a belief. We wanted, but couldn't find, shoes, boots and sandals that looked good, were colourful and fun, made of leather, fairly priced and most importantly comfortable enough to wear all day, every day…..and we believed we could create a footwear brand to answer these needs.

So in 2006 we set about creating Esska Shoes and today we think we have gone a long way towards creating a recognised brand that has stayed true to the early vision & values.

We thought it made sense to create an accessories range that would carry the same ethos as Esska shoes, focusing on colour, practicality and modern design using soft, subtle leather that gets better with age. There will be more to come, but for now we hope you like our new range of wallets!

Designed for organisation and functionality, the Mika wallet features: 14 card slots, 2 slip pockets for notes, a zipped coin section and a back pocket for receipts.The easy fold out style allows you to get to your valuables when you are in a hurry & need quick access! Each wallet has a contrasting interior made from beautiful soft suede, allowing just a peek of colour to pop out. 

Which colour is your favourite? Explore them here

No more plastic bags!

Yesterday the UK Government introduced a law, where all large retailers have to charge shoppers 5p per plastic bag. We agree! We don't use plastic and try to only use natural materials - leather & natural rubber, recyclable cardboard & boxes - no plastic!
What's more, with every pair of Esska we include a free reusable cotton tote bag for you to use when you pop to the shops.
A nice little idea to go with our nice shoes.....

Read the goverment information on this law here.

Winter 2015 preview

In a couple of weeks we will launch our new winter collection!! Want to  know what's coming? Have a look here

Esska meets Spirit of Summer

The much-anticipated Spirit of Summer show took place last week at London Olympia and Esska enjoyed their first time showing at the fair. Packed full of interesting activities ranging from interior design talks on adding more colour to your home to chocolate and champagne tasting, there really was something for everyone. Over the four days, we got the chance to meet new customers in person and discuss both our creative process and high quality production. Sharing our love of shoes was great fun for the all the Esska team and we can’t wait for next year!

  • The event featured over 140 stalls with a special interior exhibit created by talented designer April Russell The event featured over 140 stalls with a special interior exhibit created by talented designer April Russell
  • Everyone really enjoyed this exciting talk on creative ways to up cycle furniture Everyone really enjoyed this exciting talk on creative ways to up cycle furniture
  • Contemporary furniture and colour rich wallpaper proved very popular with shoppers Contemporary furniture and colour rich wallpaper proved very popular with shoppers
  • Afternoon tea served throughout the day was the perfect break for everyone Afternoon tea served throughout the day was the perfect break for everyone

Kye sparkle

Inject some sparkle into your summer wardrobe with this high heeled sandal. The feminine design is complimented by textured silver metallic leather and off white piping detail, perfect for a night out or a wedding! Shop Kye here

Esska @ Spirit of summer

For the first time we will be part of the Spirit of Summer fair this June. We will be there with our latest summer collection and our little girls' range. We are very much looking forward to the event, to meet you all and have a little chat! You can find us at stand J78. Have a browse on the Spirit of Summer website to see what else will be happening during the fair, there are lots of workshops and brands to discover.

And before we forget, email us at info@esska.co.uk to receive a free entry ticket!

Esska's East london shop visits

Esska's director Souraya with Mudfoot & Scruff owner Norbert

Yesterday, Esska’s Creative director & Brand manager, visited 3 Esska stockists in East London. It was such a beautiful day and it was great for the Esska team to meet some of their loyal fans, see the fabulous shops and receive some helpful feedback. The only problem was all the wonderful clothes the boutiques sold, the team had to try and stay focussed and remember they were not there to shop :)

They visited Mudfoot & scruff on Stoke Newington Church Street, Sublime on Victoria Park Road and Black Truffle on Broadway Market. For the final stop at Black truffle, Esska’s director Souraya gave an inspiring talk about her journey from a footwear design student to a successful business owner.

Check out the pics from the day and the event at Black Truffle…..

  • Esska in the Mudfoot & Scruff window Esska in the Mudfoot & Scruff window
  • Esska in Mudfoot & Scruff Esska in Mudfoot & Scruff
  • A quick pit stop for refreshments in the sun :) A quick pit stop for refreshments in the sun :)
  • Sublime shop on Victoria Park Road Sublime shop on Victoria Park Road
  • Esska in Sublime Esska in Sublime
  • Sublime Sublime
  • Black Truffle in Broadway Market Black Truffle in Broadway Market
  • Esska customers trying on shoes in Black Truffle Esska customers trying on shoes in Black Truffle
  • Esska's director & designer Souraya with fellow designer Lyndsy from Miss L fire Esska's director & designer Souraya with fellow designer Lyndsy from Miss L fire
  • Souraya giving her talk at Black truffle Souraya giving her talk at Black truffle

20% off kids shoes!

20% off Esska Girls collection - what style is right for your little one?

Esska girls' shoes & sandals are fun, colourful and modern. Each style has a comfortable padded sole and an adjustable velcro strap for ease and the perfect fit.

Spring is here

Spring is officially here - yippee!!!



Our Summer Bestseller

Style India has been our bestseller now for 3 summers! For Spring Summer 15 we have updated this chic and easy style in new fresh colours. The moulded foot bed and simple design make this a wardrobe staple that will see you through many balmy summer days. India is perfect worn with summer dresses or cropped trousers and will keep y our feet happy & cool all day long.

Shop India here.

New season. New shoebox.

We have had the same brown shoe box for years and although it became a familiar friend we decided we needed a fresh update. At the Esska HQ we tried and tested many new pretty colours and in the end we decided on this gorgeous nude/pink. We feel the colour suits our feminine and unfussy approach to design. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Lineapelle Milan

Yesterday we were in Milan to visit Lineapelle, the seasonal leather fair. We can already say that next year's summer collection will have some very interesting textures and bold colours!

Our girls' sandals are here!

Finally, Lilly & Lola have arrived, our two very cute summer sandals your little girl will love! Lilly is a minimal designed sandal and comes in three beautiful colours, in the lovely rose gold metallic, bright yellow and deep purple. Lola is the mini version of our women's style 'Inch'. It comes in two different colour combinations, the beautiful sparkle with green back and copper metallic with tan back. The leathers are extremely supple and summery. Both feature an adjustable velcro ankle strap for perfect fit and ease, and come with a lovely small cotton bag with cute Esska illustration.

Watch out for our summer girls' sandals!!

Along with our new summer collection (arriving very soon!!!) we will have cute summer sandals for the little ones. And the lovely model showing them off as a professional is Souraya's 4 year old Mia! She modelled the shoes as if she was born to do it, super cute and amazing! Meanwhile check out our mary-janes here

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XOAC + ESSKA Collaboration

Don’t wear shoes that hurt. Simple. Don’t compromise.

When Souraya, the founder and creative director of Esska Shoes first discovered Aubrie Costello’s work she immediately fell in love with it.  
Working under the tag 'XOAC', Aubrie is a Philadelphia based artist who creates sought after, one-of-a-kind, on-site fibre installations known as Silk Graffiti. (see previous post here )
Souraya felt Aubrie was the perfect artist to collaborate with and spread the Esska brand ethos. Costello’s contemporary, playful and bold art is the perfect match for Esska’s clean, modern and fun design aesthetic.

For the Esska + XOAC collaboration, Aubrie created a graffiti installation in red silk spelling out the phrase ‘DON’T COMPROMISE’; a message very close to Esska’s values……. As Souraya said, “Why compromise on comfort to look stylish? Be comfortable in what you wear and you will feel empowered and confident. This is real beauty”
The creation of the Esska + XOAC installation was documented by filmmaker Lendl Tellington with music produced by Elegant Animals. The short film can be viewed here

Spring 2015 on its way

Our new summer collection is on its way! We will launch somewhere at the beginning of February, if you want to be kept in the loop, simply subscribe to our newsletter and you will be the first to know!

Astro navy suede back in stock!

Our bestseller is available again for purchase!!

East London Design Show 2014

The ELDS is back for its 21st time, and we will be taking part again!! So write the dates down in your diaries and keep them free. You can find more information on the following link http://www.eastlondondesignshow.co.uk/, and look out for the 2 for 1 entry tickets!

Hope to see you all there!

15% off current collection!

Act bronze review by Side Street Style

Our flat shoe Act in bronze has been reviewed by blogger Laura from Side Street Style. She completely fell in love with them, and that makes us very happy. We like the way the shoes brighten up a casual comfy looking outfit! You can read Laura's post here

New little girls' shoes for winter!

We have updated our Mia shoes for winter in silver and gold! The silver version features contrasting cherry pink piping detail and lining , while the gold version comes with contrasting navy piping. These metallic shoes are perfect for the festive season and we are sure your little girl will love them!

Introducing our G kit

This season we are introducing our G kit family: Gaze & Gain. These styles are crafted on a newly developed last and a completely new outsole unit. We are constantly looking into ways we can increase the comfort element of our shoes, and for this winter we came up with a thick and extremely flexible rubber outsole. But Esska wouldn't be Esska if this kit did not look feminine and stylish as well as being comfortable! We are sure you will love our new additions; these stylish boots will give you height without the pain, and keep you warm and dry during the cold months. Style Gaze is available in tan and khaki, this lace up bootie is so easy to wear and will become a wardrobe favourite! Gain in black is chic and practical featuring a mix of leather and embossed suede with snake texture, this ankle boot is a must have for the fashion lovers amongst you! We are loving the current trend of chunky soles, and Gaze & Gain will keep you looking on point this season whilst remaining timeless & chic. These boots will boost your confidence and you will feel like you're walking on air!

AW14 collection is on it's way

We will be launching our new winter collection in a couple of weeks (although we are still in the summer mood, we can't wait to put our feet in some new boots!). This is always an exciting time for us, as we started working on it 1 year ago!! and now we can finally show you all!! It is crazy when you think about it, last year this time, we were busy designing this collection without having an idea what the final result would look like (just as we are now designing for next winter). We go through all this stages, starting from looking for new shapes, creating mood boards, sketching, making material and colour decisions to working on samples until we get it right! It is intensive, but we love it! And we must confess, not always easy, every season we try to come up with new ideas to improve the comfort and quality of our shoes, while keeping the designs fresh and interesting.

We hope you will love our collection and are always happy to receive your feedback!

Meanwhile, you can have a look here

Our summer sale has started!

Free UK returns

From now on we will be offering free UK returns on all online orders!

Esska review by The Mummy Blogger

We received a lovely review from Themummyblogger.co.uk on our style Bond! You can read it here

Esska Pop Up event

Esska offers an exclusive shopping event for one day only at the Crown & Anchor in Chiswick. We will be offering fantastic discounts on current and past summer seasons, and also on our newly launched little girls' range!
Local caterer Sharon McCoy will be offering free cakes & nibbles, which you can try whilst sipping Prosecco and enjoying a hand massage! So come along, grab yourself a bargain and meet the Esska team!

Our style Pallet on Emerja

Fashion blogger Maria from Emerja contacted us to say she had just discovered Esska and immediately fell in love with our shoes, a collaboration was the obvious next thing. She chose our block heel sandal Pallet in cream, and is rocking them with different outfits!

An interview with Esska's designer...

In the wonderful blog 'Diary of an interior novist' Esska's designer Souraya Karami is interviewed about her career timeline.

Check out her inspiring story here...

Mia has landed!

Esska little girls' shoes Mia

We have been talking for a while about the arrival of our new little girls' shoes, and now, they are finally here. 'Mia' is a fact! They look so incredibly cute in their little box and with the small cotton bag with Esska illustration. Wish I had tiny feet now! Our favourite is the rose gold variation, they are just adorable. Our Mia's will be sold exclusively on our website here.

Esska girl Mia on its way

We are very busy developing a little girls' shoe named 'Mia' and received this picture from the factory this morning. Aren't they cute?? Our first mini Esska's will arrive tomorrow in our office, can hardly wait to hold them and have a closer look! We are already imagining mums and their little girls shining in Esska coming summer...

East London Design Show 2013

Only 3 weeks to go until East London Design Show hits The Old Truman Brewery. The ELDS is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK's independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof! So why not join us and take advantage of special show offers and make a day of it? It is the perfect place to find unique and quirky Christmas pressies. On top of that the ELDS is celebrating it's 20th anniversary so there will be lots happening around the celebration, which includes an extended craft workshop area, the launch of a fabulous food hall and much more.

Come and find us from the 5th till the 8th of December!

The Old Truman Brewery
Hanbury Street Entrance
Off Brick Lane
London E1 6QL



PopUp Britain King's Road

We are participating in PopUp Britains shop on King's Road with 9 other fabulous brands! Going from jewellery, hats and bathing suits to relaxing body oils, funky t-shirts, and antique teacup candles.

Looking forward to see you all there!!

 

387 King's road, London

http://popupbritain.com/


 

Cheeky Shoes by ESSKA

Cheeky Shoes by ESSKA

A few months ago we bumped into Marcin from Cheekyshoes. Nice chap, even if he does have an un-pronounceable name.

His business sells just one product. Incredibly comfortable shoes that… wait for it… get delivered through your letterbox.

By digging a little deeper we realised that both Esska and Cheekyshoes were started for the same reason: to provide you with beautiful shoes that make you feel confident, but don’t wreck your feet.

One thing led to another and we decided to go for it.

And no, before you ask, we’re not getting married.

We decided to collaborate together: 'Cheekyshoes by Esska'

Designed by Souraya and made in the Cheekyshoes factory in the East End of London, here are 3 reasons you should be excited:

-          They’ll probably be the most comfortable shoes you’ll ever wear

-          Designed by Souraya herself, they’re going to be real lookers

-          Made in England. Let’s stop ranting about the recession and support our

           local industries.

However, there is one really bad thing about this collection: It will only be out in SS14, but available in all good shoe shops!

Drapers Awards tonight!

We are so happy to be shortlisted for best footwear brand and also best footwear designer of the year! Finally tonight we will (be?) know the winners!

Our designer, Souraya will be wearing a gorgeous dress by Acne, a lovely clutch bag by Sarah’s Bag, a beautiful ring by Linnie Mclarty, red lipstick gay geraniumcolour by N7, and a pair of our great Esska Wig sandals (of course!).

Fingers crossed!! Good luck to Souraya and the Esska team!

East London design show – Starts tomorrow!

The East London design show is a unique annual event that gathers together the best in UK design talent in a beautiful and inspiring venue, and provides you with the opportunity to get your products in front of thousands of open minded, opinion forming people just in time for Christmas.

We are participating of the ELDS, again this year, and we are really excited about being part of it.

The show opens to the public on Friday at 10am, and also is your chance to enjoy a late night shopping, up to 9pm.

We have selected few new designers, that will also show with us at Shoreditch Town Hall. You can find our Esska stand which is number 104, located at the ground floor.


Hope to see you around!!