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Our ELDS picks

The East London Design show has come to an end... we had a lovely time and were so happy to hear customers came especially to buy themselves a new pair of Esska shoes!! Every year we have so much fun, and we meet so many nice people visiting. Also, it gives us a chance to look out for Christmas presents and treat ourselves too! The ELDS is the perfect place to find out about new little brands and their products. Our neighbouring stand was Epoh-Ireti, they make scented candles from only organic ingredients, the packaging is biodegradable and even the labels are printed with soy ink! And of course they smell amazing; our personal favourite is the subtle aroma 'Vanilla & Black pepper'.

Something completely different now, pizza! Uuni sells wood-fired ovens for outdoor use, perfect for in the garden or to bring on a camping trip. Ours has already been delivered, so we know what's on the menu today!!

As you probably know by now, here at Esska, we love our geometric shapes and there are plenty to find at Sophie Home on the cushions and throws, we love the boldness of the prints & colours, a couple of those would definitely suit our office!

Next, we completely fell in love with the 'tools' from jewellery brand Whitebeam Studio, the charms even come in a cute little toolbox! They should add some shoe making tools to their range, don't you agree?

At the end of the show the lovely people from The Flour Station gave us some mince pies, and my oh my, they must be the best mince pies we've ever tasted. Luckily they have a stand at various food markets all around London, need to get us some!

We are already looking forward to next year’s edition!

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!

Our AW14 favourites

Our new collection has finally arrived and the Esska team members have chosen their favourite styles:

Souraya has chosen Astro in Navy suede as her favourite style of the season. She is a busy mum and director of Esska so she needs to be able to run around whilst looking stylish for last minute meetings.

Naadu can't get enough of style East in Black & Khaki for winter. This high heeled boot is perfect for our brand coordinator who loves styles that take her straight from the office to a night out with ease and comfort.

Our design assistant Noura's favourite style this season is Jinn. She loves the simplicity of this boot and how easy it is to wear. She will be teaming her Jinn's with skinny jeans and tee's for a relaxed work look.

Which style will be your favourite?

 

 

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

SS15 photoshoot

Tuesday we shot our SS15 collection. For the first time we did a studio shoot! That was very new and exciting (and stressful!!) for us, but we've already been given a sneak preview of the end result and the photos look amazing! Exactly what we had in mind, it's great!! We would like to thank the team for the good work: 'Well done Esska team!', and of course our photographer Natalie who did a wonderful job as usual and gorgeous model Khiley!!

Our summer sale has started!

Free UK returns

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

Happy summer flats!

It was nice meeting you at our pop up event!

Last week we had our 1 day pop up event at the Crown & Anchor W4, it was a true hit! We were very excited and had such a lovely time meeting our Esska 'fans'. Everyone was in a happy and relaxed mood and Sharon McCoy's cakes and savoury treats were a real joy!

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!

Sandal time!

The sun is out ladies! Time to show your feet off in our stylish Esska sandals, whether going for a relaxing stroll, a day out shopping or an evening night out, we have it all, the choice is yours!! Have a look here for more styles and colours.

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.

Sensing Spaces

Exhibition at the Royal academy of arts london

We went to see 'Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined' at the Royal Academy of Arts and it was amazing! Most architecture exhibitions consist of drawings and scaled models, but Sensing Spaces was a feast for our senses! You could literally feel the pieces and even transform and smell them. 7 architects from around the world were asked to create unique spaces for us to experience them, which resulted in life-size installations. It was really nice to see how every architect has found his/her own aspect of architect to highlight. This exhibition is worth a visit! But be quick as it ends Sunday 6th of April!! For more information: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/4

Tilly boots

Surfing the net we stumbled onto a blog 'A la Ladywolf'  who styled our Tilly boots in gold and taupe for their photos. We like this very very much!!

SS14 production

Our lovely summer 2014 sandals in full production!

Busy bees...

SS14 colour board

Busy busy busy at Esska HQ! Our SS14 collection can arrive any minute now (we can't wait to put our lovely sandals on, come on sun!!), and we are hopping from trade show to trade show to present our next autumn/winter collection (Souraya is currently at FN Platform in Las Vegas, please don't gamble all our money away...) and then last but not least, we are currently designing SS15 (WOOHOO!!).

Hoping you are as impatient as we are for our summer '14 collection, we would like to show you our colour board, aren't they just the freshest looking colours?? Such nice pastels and metallics (our rose gold is to die for!). It's a palette of sweets, are your feet getting all excited as ours? We will be launching the collection end of Feb, stay tuned!!

 

Paris, je t'aime!

The trade show season has started and our first stop was Who's Next in our beloved Paris. It was 4 days of much work but we did make sure there was plenty left for fun and relaxation! In the evenings we enjoyed the French cuisine and 'Chez Fernand' met all our expectations, a lovely cosy bistro with excellent food and wine...

But as mentioned there was also work that had to be done, we showed our AW14 winter collection and had a lot of positive feedback. This makes us happy to hear and to know we did a good job! Again, our metallic leathers were a big hit together with our textured leathers.

We also spotted some lovely products at the show like T1MEPEACE 'watches' from German brand Reytan. And if you are looking for well designed and practical bags have a look at the French brand Craie.

On our way back home on the Eurostar we ended the trip in style with 'du pain, du vin et du boursin' and much more...

Our next stop will be Pure in our hometown London, very curious what the Brits will have to say about our collection!

 

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...

AW14/15 Photoshoot: behind the scene

We are super excited about our autumn/winter 2014-15 photoshoot in the beautiful setting of The Oak W12. It was such an exciting and fun day and therefore we wanted to share this with you! You will see some behind the scene photos of the photographer in action with our model and... our little model Mia, Souraya's little girl who joined us (you can't start loving shoes young enough!). It was a day of decision making such as which socks with what colour shoes and trousers or tights??? Although we did our homework and arrived fully prepared, we always end up making changes and improvising, but that's part of the fun. Now, we are waiting to get the shoot pics, very curious to see how they turned out. But before we can share those with you, we have our summer/spring 2014 coming next month, so stay tuned to see shots of those soon!!