About us

Souraya Karami Gyves

Esska’s founder and designer; Souraya Karami, originally trained and worked as an architect before studying footwear design at the renowned London College of Fashion. It was not only Souraya’s passion for shoes that led to this career change, but in her own words “the lack of footwear aimed at women who place equal value on comfort and style”. Souraya’s aim was to make feminine shoes that were comfortable and affordable.

“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, enhancing their individual style.

The shoes are designed in London and made in a small artisan factory in Portugal 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 flexible rubber outsole. Esska strives to create shoes that are as wearable as they are beautiful, offering women the ultimate fusion in style and comfort.

Since launching in 2006, Esska’s distinctive footwear has gained a loyal following and today the brand is sold in over 200 boutiques & retailers globally. With a fast growing wholesale & online business, Esska continues to expand whilst retaining its core values: being friendly, providing great customer service & staying passionate.