Former Big Brother Africa (BBA) housemate Pokello Nare’s Pokello Pink Bottoms range of shoes will soon be on sale.
“I’m thrilled by this achievement as it is a big step for me. I’m addicted to shoes and have always wanted to make my own shoes instead of buying them from other people,” said Nare.
“I decided to do an online course on shoe designing with a school in Italy. The one year course assisted me to understand the basics of shoe making, how to do the actual design and the logistics that come with the business.”
After completing her course, Nare designed the shoes and went to Italy, where she partnered with a shoe company there.Pokello Nare
“I did the shoe designs but the guys in Italy perfected the designs and shoe sizes for me,” she said.
Nare, who returned to the country from Italy last week said her shoe line was inspired by her favourite designers, Sophia Webster for her feminine and soft colours, Sergio Rossi for his seductive shapes and elegant lines and Christian Louboutin for his signature trait and dizzy heights.
“I have incorporated all those elements but paid more attention to the feet of African women who sometimes have to squeeze their wide feet into narrow made shoes without ample room for their toes to sit comfortably,” she said adding that the shoe line would be launched on December 1.
“The shoes will be available in stores in Zimbabwe with some being exported to Ghana, Nigeria and Namibia. I have already identified people who have shown interest in selling the shoes in other countries,” she said.
The first collection has 10 different colours which were named after 10 female housemates from last year’s BBA edition.
Nare said she had done so as the housemates had colours which Africa knew they loved such as herself who loved pink and BBA 8 winner Dillish Matthews who was known to love gold.
A gold shoe will be referred to as Dillish Gold, red Ria Rogue (Maria), pink Koki Pink (Koketso), mint Kessy Mint (Feza), white Cleo Ice (Cleo), nude Nude Monroe (Huddah), beige Motamma Malt (Motamma), orange Tropical Selly (Selly) and yellow AnnaBanana (Annabel).
“The first shoe samples are now ready of which the first 13 pairs were sent to the female housemates of Big Brother Africa Season 8. Who better to criticise the comfort and quality of the shoes than my girls who nominated me week in and week out,” she said, laughing.
“I dropped from my favourite 12 inches to 11 inches and also unlike many pigalle/pointy designs that leave toe cleavage that a lot of African women are uncomfortable with, I ensured that the frontal dimensions allowed the toes to be comfortably embedded,” she said.
The diva said she was only making shoes for women as men’s shoes were expensive to make.