Ruqsana Begum: We are women

At Solely Original we encounter powerful women every day, in fact our company was built by a strong woman. Our goal has always been to empower women, which is why we are so excited to partner with the fierce, bold, and inspiring World Kickboxing Champion and professional boxer Ruqsana Begum! Together we want to challenge the narratives that hold us back and redefine the traits we carry as women. Read our interview with Ruqsana here.

Throughout her career in a male dominated industry, Ruqsana has never let things stand in the way of achieving her goals. She is living proof of the courage, tenacity, and passion women have to break barriers, no matter how difficult it may be. We are here to instill the confidence in you that you are better than ‘good enough’. You are worthy, empowered, and daring. You can do anything, and you can do it in heels.

See our ‘Ruqsana’ shoe, an wedge heel oxford, designed by the boxing champ herself.

We Are Strong

It goes without saying that women are strong, having to constantly break through the barriers created to hold us back while simultaneously working hard to attain our personal dreams. Despite our tenacity, we all have moments of feeling down. We always get back up eventually but it is imperative to take care of yourself and your mental health especially on days when you are feeling this way. Empowering women starts with empowering yourself so take breaks when you need them, rest, recover, and let yourself breathe.


We Are Accomplished


We are talented, accomplished, and trailblazing women. We do not let failure hold us back because we know that failing is crucial to success. Every failure teaches us how to appreciate our successes. Success looks different for everyone, we are powerful women but we are also all unique individuals. It’s important to reflect on your own goals and passions to help you define what success looks like for you! Just like every pair of bespoke Solely Original shoes are one-of-a-kind, so are you.


We Are Powerful


Power and strength within comes from the focus and dedication we put in our passions, but it also comes from believing in ourselves. Having the confidence to take on a daunting task or to walk into a male dominated field is extremely powerful and women are doing it every day. Whether it’s pursuing your goals at the gym or strapping on a new pair of high heels, or both like Ruqsana, you exude courage and confidence everywhere you go.


We Are Poised

Powerful and strong doesn’t mean we aren’t elegant. Just like a stiletto is tall, powerful, and bold, it is also elegant and graceful. We lead, we accomplish, we change the world and we do it with grace.


We Are Women

Everyday women are breaking through barriers and changing the world. Ruqsana for example, became a boxer, a field dominated by men. When she started she was the only woman in her gym but she showed everyone the strength and determination she had to achieve her goals. Women like Ruqsana are teaching young girls not to hold back when working towards their goals. Believe in yourself because you can be anything you want to be and you have the strength within to see your dreams become reality.
We are strong, we are accomplished, we are powerful, we are poised.