THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME
Many have asked us "What does Oleah mean?".
Olea is the botanical name of the olive. The fruit is put through tremendous pressure to produce precious olive oil, which was once one of the most valuable commodities in the world during ancient times. We see the story of the modern woman reflected in the story of the olive.
The modern woman is an everyday superwoman. She could be a wife, mother, lover, mentor, executive and more. She juggles these roles and the accompanying pressures seamlessly and tirelessly. Yet she always comes out strong, producing beauty and value in her own life and those she touches. This inspires us and pushes us to move beyond our own limits; to create beauty and value not only for ourselves but for others as well.
"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future."
So we set out to create a brand that empowers the modern women with instant confidence and style upgrade. Oleah shoes are not only stylish but a delight to walk in, to accompany the modern woman through her day.
Founder and Creative Director
A lifelong lover of high heels, Clara would always don her highest pair for important presentations and meetings. Standing tall always gave her a confidence boost and feeling ready to take on whatever the world throws at her.
Being up and about on her feet all day, meant a comfortable pair of heels was of utmost importance. Yet finding a pair of stylish heels that were also comfortable seemed impossible. Frustrated, Clara took matters into her own hands, quit her job, studied shoe design with Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc) and Oleah Handcrafted was born.
Clara is passionate about the Oleah experience and personally looks into all details from design, to material selection, to production, to packaging, to customer experience and more; ensuring only the best quality reaches our customers.
Co-founder and Marketing Director
Michelle is the mother of 2 young children and a full-time marketing professional.
The demands of her lifestyle kept her on her feet the whole day and left her sore-footed and tired, so she gave up her love for high heels for practical flats. Inspired by the mission that women need not sacrifice comfort for style (in her case, style for comfort), she joined Clara in the pursuit of launching a beautiful line of shoes that are not only high quality but let women look and feel amazing.