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Go red for Christmas!

We are now in the final week running up to Christmas and we at Esska love our red shoes- especially for this time of year. Whether you prefer boots, heels or flats we have every option for you and will all give you a touch of Christmas with the warm red colour. 

Gaze is great to wear with jeans or dresses and gives you that comfy heel you need all day for Christmas whether it's at a party or running around still shopping! Hanya is the perfect shoe to dress up with for christmas, looks great with a skirt or dress and gives you that quirky touch to your outfit. A more androgynous style, Sumo is a smart but also casual style to wear on Christmas whether with jeans or tapered trousers style these with what you feel comfortable.

Which syle will you be wearing this Christmas? 

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.

Style Hoola in grey - The transitional boot

Hoola is the perfect transitional boot in this uplifting shade of grey. Wear with a soft knit and smart skirt to stylishly ease into the winter season.

Esska Loves: Monling Lee

This week we celebrate the unique style of Washington based architect Monling Lee. We fell in love with her Color Index series on Instagram, featuring outfits inspired by design colour palettes. Each of her images catches your eye immediately as vibrant pieces from Lee’s wardrobe work together to create a sartorial masterpiece. Clean and contemporary shapes elevate each look, not just in the clothes themselves but also through backdrops of urban and architectural landscapes. Ultimately it leaves us in awe of her creativity. We definitely recommend you have a look for yourself through her website or instagram for some inspiration on brightening up your own sense of style ! 

 

  • Yellow hues compliment the scenic backdrop of boats Yellow hues compliment the scenic backdrop of boats
  • The colour rich combination brightens up the entire look The colour rich combination brightens up the entire look
  • Vibrant pops of colour play alongside a pastel accessory Vibrant pops of colour play alongside a pastel accessory
  • Lilac, orange and blue keep this feminine silhouette contemporary Lilac, orange and blue keep this feminine silhouette contemporary

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

Behind the scenes: SS16 Photoshoot

Last week things were full speed ahead at the Esska office with the team busily preparing for our SS16 photo shoot. With the talented Natalie J Watts behind the camera, the shoot was all about contemporary, clean lines and minimalism. We can’t wait to share the collection with you next summer but for now here are some exclusive behind the scenes photos.

  • Morning coffee and inspiring mood boards helped start the busy day Morning coffee and inspiring mood boards helped start the busy day
  • Esska designer Noura Mokhtar helps find the perfect outfit for each pair of shoes Esska designer Noura Mokhtar helps find the perfect outfit for each pair of shoes
  • Our lovely model Iryna and photographer Natalie discuss poses and placement in our contemporary backdrop Our lovely model Iryna and photographer Natalie discuss poses and placement in our contemporary backdrop
  • Natalie goes in for a close up to capture each and every detail Natalie goes in for a close up to capture each and every detail

Ghost copper styled

One of our stockists 'Mook's' in Brussels has put together an outfit inspiration with our bestselling style Ghost in copper. We love this look and think it's the perfect way to wear this comfortable & feminine style.

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

Go metallic this summer

Glam up your summer outfits with our collection of metallics, perfect for adding a touch of sparkle to any look. This summer we went for romantic rose gold, dashing silver, warm copper (haven't you heard? Copper is the new gold!) and a gorgeous sparkle suede. Plenty of choice we would say!

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!

For every dress the perfect sandal

We love our dresses in every shape and form at Esska, depending on the mood we are in. They are just the easiest thing to put on, especially as the weather is starting to reach higher temperatures. And, of course, for every dress we have the perfect sandal to match them with! Here we have chosen a cute loose fitted dress, perfect for going into town, paired with our low wedge sandal Corner they will not only give the look a feminine edge, but also keep you on your feet all day too. The second dress is more of a relaxed fit, perfect with our flat slip on sandals Ides, you will be able to stroll around in total ease. For our third style, we have gone with a wrap around dress, suitable for the office or a garden party, our t-bar style Goda complements this elegant dress without compromising on comfort.

The dresses can be found at Cuckoo online or in their shop in Cambridge.

 

 

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

Sparkle away!

Shop Ides here

Shop Goda here

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.

Happy egg hunt!

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.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Our Toni chestnut beautifully styled

Our shoes look amazing in this photo. Great styling by Bianca Nicole - Fashion Stylist

Photography: Sam Gyang
MUA & Hair: Helen Sutton
Model: Rosie @ bookingsmodel

Coat: Vintage
Top: Sophie Cull Candy
Trousers: Sophie Cull Candy
Shoes: Esska Shoes

The Esska spring boot

The weather is still too cold for sandals, but perfect for a transitional boot! Our style just in nude is perfect to lighten up your winter wardrobe. Wear with some skinnies or cropped trousers during the colder months, or style them 'romantic' with a floaty skirt and bare legs as shown here when temperature gets higher (hopefully very soon!). These boots are beautiful, made from soft nude leather in combination with a rose gold metallic back detail. You will want to wear them all day, every day!

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!