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Meet our Creative Director - Cheryl Botha

Friday, January 31, 2020
Meet Cheryl


Cheryl Botha Ankalia Sandals Creative Driector 

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Back in 2013 Cheryl resigned from a Directorship in the corporate world, telling everyone she was going on a sabbatical.

At that time she had no definite plan, other than the fact she wanted to study fashion in Europe and change her career.

3 years and a lot of study, travel, adventures and sandals later she is now the creative mind behind Ankalia. 

She tries to fly under the radar but you will see her name and face on all things Ankalia, so it's only right that we tell you a little bit about her.

Meet Cheryl. We think she's pretty wonderful.



A Ski Instructor in the early days and then a corporate executive working globally for more than 10 years, Cheryl was looking for something a little bit creative.


I'd always loved clothes but I was never really into shoes. It must have been fate when I was offered an Internship in Italy, training under a renowned sandal Artisan. I really discovered a passion then - something creative and working with colour and fashion.

I decided there was a real gap in the Australian market with very little choice for flat embellished sandals. So I brought my training back with me to Australia and launched Ankalia.



Cheryl Botha Ankalia Sandals Creative Director


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See her in action making sandals on

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See her talking about starting Ankalia on

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