Theme: South African Essence

Adhiambo Mula-Lauwers’s vision for her shoe brand, Galago, has always been one ignited by fun, colour and quirkiness. Her bow and leather espadrilles are no exception, available in an array of prints to suit any personality. “Espadrilles are like a blank canvas,” says the Joburg-based designer who is now working with three Ndebele bead artists to decorate the classic shoe style with what she calls “a funky fringe fusion”.

Ethical business practices and sustainable production are just as important as the creativity behind the product, and Mula-Lauwers prides herself on the fact that every espadrille is manufactured locally by hand – from the weaving of the jute sole to the stitching of the fabrics. “I know all the people who put their skill into these shoes,” she says. Besides fun animal prints, there’s a selection of shweshwe, kente-, kitenge- and batik-inspired print, with this varied selection available at Galago’s Watershed store. “It’s like an ode to Africa.”

“This all comes from my great love of shoes,” says Mula-Lauwers. “I love shoes and chocolate, but I couldn’t make chocolate, so I made shoes.”

100 Beautiful Things is presented by the V&A Waterfront in celebration of South Africa’s creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience. Every week we will be showcasing five amazingly beautiful creative things that make us proud. It is curated in partnership with Platform Creative.