Pop Diva, Tiwa Savage reacted to the launch with an excited tweet where she joked about the impact of the new shoe line on the pride she takes in her small feet. In her words, “So I used to feel cool with my small sized feet till Gbemi put salt in my garri and launched and launched her shoe line catering to bigger sizes and the annoying part is that they are adorable cute and classy”
R&B singer Iyanya also thrilled followers on social media with a surprise giveaway of brand new pairs of Gbémisókè shoes.
Comedian and TV host Tee-A then added his voice to the chorus, sponsoring his own giveaway of Gbémisókè shoes to Twitter followers soon after.
Actor, Gideon Okeke, Music producer, Dee Tunes and Song writer, Lami Philips were also not left out as they also gave out pairs of Gbémisókè shoes to their fans on social media.
Speaking recently on why the shoes are very affordable, Gbemi commented:
I’ve been asked why the shoes are so affordable. Truly, I didn’t want to make a luxury line. There are many brands doing that already. I know a lot of Nigerians who cannot afford luxury items. So I wanted something that solves the big feet problem, something very fashionable, and something very affordable. I’m happy we’re able to achieve all three with Gbémisókè.”
Gbemi who is a princess from Owo kingdom in Ondo state thus becomes the first on-air personality in Nigeria to have her own shoe line. She earlier revealed that the name Gbémisókè means “Lift me up’ in her native Yoruba language. In her words, “It’s quite tough for women like me who wear UK size 9 and up, to find nice shoes. Most stores don’t carry such big sizes, and when they do, they sell out quickly. After complaining for years, I decided to create a line to make life easier for women like me who have bigger feet.”
The shoes, which are from Gbemi’s eponymous line are specially designed for women whose shoe size is larger than 41. The OAP launched the shoe line with a promise to take care of the market segment of women who wish to wear shoes that are comfortable without breaking the bank.
Gbémisókè shoes are currently available on online stores Konga and Jumia range from fashionable flats to pumps and mules and they currently retail for between N7000 and N9000.