Tobi Onabolu X kkerelé presents Babouche!
Once upon a time, in a land quite afar,
Between the great Atlantic
And the vast Sahar-rah,
Lived the greatest shoemaker that had ever been
‘‘Twas the morning after the full moon
A time, most opportune
When in a gust of wind
Appeared a travelling magician
With quite the imagination
He laid out his objects,
Some incense and magical stones
Together they set their intentions,
Through a puff of smoke,
Their creation beholden
The flat, heeled, and platformed, pointy shoe.
Available in a wide variety of colours,
We invite you to select your preferred hue.
This collection celebrates the elegance of the babouche shoe, a traditionally North African silhouette which has been co-opted, embraced, and reappropriated across the West African region. Together, Tobi and Kkerele have reimagined this classic silhouette in a contemporary style, designed and made with love.
The collection features three unique silhouettes: the classic flat soled babouche; a version with Kkerele’s iconic heel; and a third version with a cushioned platform, for elevated comfort and quirky style.
In an attempt to reduce waste and encourage a behavioural shift towards slower and more sustainable fashion practices, this collaboration prioritises available leathers from Mushin Leather Market, Lagos, offered to you in single colours, double tones, and in distinct collages.