Shola Designs new “San Marino” Footwear Collection for Spring/Summer

 By: Farrah Estrella

Tampa based footwear designer Shola
Yusuf of Shola Designs launched her new “San Marino” Footwear Collection for
Spring/Summer this past weekend at an event in Downtown Tampa. 

The new
“San Marino” collection includes chunky heels and wedges in colorful
tones which have become a signature of the brand, Shola loves color. The event was
held this past Sunday at the Aloft Hotel in Downtown Tampa and it was a huge
success. Great music, nice ambiance and everyone was dancing to the
beats of African music while getting their shopping done. 
Shola named
the shoes after some of the people that have helped her with her brand
including friends, family and fashion industry colleagues like some of her
favorite bloggers. 
This is Shola’s second collection, her debut collection was well received because of her unique and colorful styles. This time she also introduced men’s shoes and handbags.
Shola Designs Men’s Shoes 

A native of Nigeria, Shola’s incredible story is something of movies. After moving from Nigeria to New York with $100 in her pockets, she had a nearly fatal accident that left her unable to walk and having to learn to walk again. She loved shoes so much she couldn’t imagine not being able to wear them anymore. I guess this is what Oprah would say was her AHA moment and after recovery she decided to work on her dream project.
Shola now makes Tampa her home. She also put herself through Pharmacy School and after graduation opened her first Pharmacy in Tampa in 2003, she now owns four pharmacies in the Tampa Bay area. Shola is an entrepreneur, a business woman, a fighter and an all around great person. Support this great up and coming Tampa Bay based footwear designer. 
The price of
her shoes ranges from $68 to $145. The San Marino collection is 100% leather , made in Italy and all styles are unique to Shola Designs, you won’t find these shoes anywhere else. 
Check out pictures from the new San Marino Collection
below and for more information visit her website at

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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