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5.18.2014

It's All About Oliveira Shoes On The Blog Today

I was recently approached by a lovely lady called Maria Oliveira who has designed and produced a new line of toe post shoes. I always admire people who have a dream and turn it into a reality. Even more so as Maria's dream fell slap bang in the middle of an economic downturn. Gutsy lady.

Her website, here is a testament to what I'm sure has been hard work, blood, sweat and tears (although the result looks effortless), and has culminated in a stunning collection of very unusual shoes that you would be hard pressed to find on the High Street.

Before I introduce you to them, let me tell you a little bit about Maria's journey. Whilst visiting relatives in Sri Lanka she came across a beautiful pair of toe post shoes that set her on the path to where she is today. Having fallen in love with the design, she was inspired to set up her own company in partnership with an ethical company in Sri Lanka who shared her vision for top quality, beautifully crafted footwear.

I was lucky enough to chose a pair of Oliveira shoes from the current collection and I opted for the Lisboa in black. The shoes came exquisitely packaged (these things matter), take a look at the fantastic perspex shoe box with a pull-out drawer. I am totally smitten with this. Imagine storing all your shoes in see through boxes - just brilliant.





Well now you can as Oliveira sells them for £5 each here.




And here are the Lisboa shoes



Handmade with a 3 3/4" heel. The toe post which is surprisingly comfortable is covered in a leopard print material. The straps are leather-lined but covered in the same leopard print interwoven with plain black satin. I love the fact that the heel is covered in the same fabric - no skimping on these shoes. A slightly cushioned sole provides added comfort, I reckon I could wear these all day, a great choice then for a wedding??? At my age, comfort is key.








Styled with the black jumpsuit (here) which I bought for a ball a few weeks ago and didn't end up wearing (come on husband pull your finger out and take me out again). It's from Phase Eight and I've just realised it's gone in the sale grrrrrrrr - now £55.20.


The Lisboa also comes in brown.

Lisboa in Brown



For me, the Lisboa is definitely an evening wear shoe and can give a really plain outfit a bit of a twist.

How about a summer colour, the Rosario in red


It also comes in black and plum, fab for the holidays.

If you prefer something a little plainer, how about Lavinia in black



And the Amora in white, what a stunning shoe for a bride. This also comes in black and blue.




How quirky are these cute little flip flops, they certainly put a smile on my face. The Galle pom-pom shoe comes in three different colour-ways, blue and yellows, orange and red, purple and green.







Maria also stocks a couple of pairs of wellies. I love the Olivellies Stars. These are most certainly on my wish list and make a change from Hunters which I'm becoming more and more disenchanted with having gone through 3 pairs in as many years.




So what do you think? Not something I would normally wear but I think the collection is really sassy.  Oh and did I mention there's free delivery and returns across the whole range plus Maria has very kindly offered readers of the blog 10% discount until 7th June. Quote DONNA in the promotion code box.

I wish Maria and her team at Oliveira all the very best and much success for the future. If this collection is anything to go by, she certainly deserves it.



Donna x









38 comments on "It's All About Oliveira Shoes On The Blog Today"
  1. They look so fab with your black jumpsuit. Love someone who takes their dreams and makes them come true.

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  2. Aren't they unusual? Love the black with your jumpsuit and imagine these shoes would work with a range of outfits to really dress them up. Those flip flops are beyond cute also. Off now to have a proper browse!

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  3. wow, the shoes and the jumpsuit go together so well - I think those shoes are stunning - I love seeing different and original designs, and I think the toe post looks really nice
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    Paul

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  4. Love the toe piece!! And what amazing packaging - it really does make a difference - I love being able to see what is in the box! x

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  5. They're so pretty and look great with that amazing jumpsuit. Off to check out the website! Xx

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  6. WOW the jumpsuit is amazing but the shoes look fab with it. Are they comfortable to wear and do they come up true to size?

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    1. They are very comfy Fiona. A little on the small size to Maria suggested I size up as I'm in-between sizes x

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  7. Pretty shoes, very unusual, they are perfect with your jumpsuit! The packaging is so fabulous.....would absolutely love a wardrobe full of those amazing shoe boxes! xx

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  8. Ooh you look gorgeous Donna with these styled with your jumpsuit. I thought that was a promotional photo from their website! I am a big fan of women in business so this really appeals to me and l Iove the story about her company. Just got to say it's those amazing WELLIES that do it for me living in the middle of nowhere, off to check them out x

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    1. Thank you. The wellies are cute aren't they x

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  9. I have to say the pair that you've picked to go with your jumpsuit works beautifully together. You look very chic. And the shoeboxes - like you say, the packaging counts and who wouldn't love a wardrobe full of them? So much better than the usual not so pretty cardboard throwaway ones.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I would love a wardrobe full of the boxes too x

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  10. Wow Donna you have styled those shoes to perfection, they look so elegant with your jumpsuit, off to take a look at the website xx

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  11. I think they look great with your' jumpsuit. You have styled them perfectly. H xx

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  12. It's so lovely to see some shoes that are so different, they look so elegant with your jumpsuit, stunning!
    Abbi x

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  13. Love how you have styled this with the black jumpsuit Donna, they look really elegant on your feet. Oh bum just seen Abbi said same thing, oh well it must be true then! xx

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  14. Wow, these shoes are stunning and you look fabulous in your jumpsuit!! I have a similar jumpsuit and now I think I need the shoes :-)
    Love the shoe boxes!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  15. You look so elegant Donna - they look amazing with your jumpsuit! Love those little flip flops too! xx

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    1. The flip flops are really different aren't they x

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  16. Perfectly styled Donna! That is such a gorgeous photo of you! The flip flops look like such fun too! xx

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  17. So great to see shoes with a sensible heel height! And I am in love with those perspex boxes. What a fab fab idea - will definitely look into them. You look SO gorgeous in that photo - you must get an opportunity to wear that jumpsuit, it is so fabulous on you xxx

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  18. Admittedly, I was completely distracted by the perfect packaging! I'm off to check out the wellies, I love the design:)

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  19. You are looking totally different with stylish black jumpsuit!!

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  20. Nice Shoes is there having any discount code like Debenhams Discount Code regards

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