1. Marked by extreme and violent energy.

2. Marked by extreme intensity of emotions and convictions, inclined to react violently; fervid.

3. Ruthless in competition.

4. Violently agitated and turbulent.

5.  A word that can describe something as outstanding, really cool, eye catching, brutal and satisfying.

There is something beautiful about that word. It just sounds right. From the Latin Ferus (untamed) and the old French Fiers (brave and proud), ‘Fierce’ always conjures up images of regal danger and a wild beauty in our minds every time we say it-a lioness (because it’s the lionesses who do all the hunting) on the prowl, slowly stalking its prey, a real gleam of hunger in her eyes. ROAR!


Buqisi-Ruux believes in strong women. Strong women who are not afraid of conquering mountains because they are mountains themselves. Strong women who face their challenges with heels on their feet and their heads held high. Strong women with ferocity and passion in their hearts. We’re proud of the fact that Africa is teeming with women like these  and we’re proud of the fact that we get to make beautiful African print heels just for them. Africa is a fierce continent, but its women are fiercer.

It has always been our mission and our passion to create wearable pieces of art that convey the beauty and diversity of African women. Each of our shoes represents a characteristic inherent to all women on the continent. This characteristic serves as the theme of the shoe, influencing everything from its fabric to the look of its heel. Since each heel is named after an inspirational woman we know, it always shares its characteristic with that woman. And there is no shoe in our collection and no woman we know quite as fierce as



The Barungi is an ‘ama rock this and look fierce doing it’ kind of shoe. It is not for the faint of heart-definitely the farthest thing from I-need-to-fit-in. This is a shoe for a woman who knows herself, who isn’t afraid to stand out. The purple suede and Kente fabric give the Barungi its ‘Daring’ aspect. “Stand in my way if you dare.” She seems to say.


And just as unafraid, just as unfazed, is the woman who inspired the shoe-Camilla Barungi.


A model and an entrepreneur all rolled into one spectacular package, Camilla is a force to be reckoned with. One third beauty, one third brains, one third passion and fire, she lives in New York, New York and is signed to one of the top modeling agencies in the world, working for top designers such as Giorgio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar De La Renta, Isabel Toledo. She was discovered while pursuing a degree in Biochemistry at San Jose State University in California, an education she put to good use when she set up African Moringa, a company that provides dietary and cosmetic products made from the wonder tree Moringa.




Born right here in Uganda, Camilla like many of the other women who inspire our heels represents the evolution of a modern African woman-straddling two worldviews; one global and modern, the other African and traditional; which allows her to offer something uniquely different to the world. Something a little like our African print heels.


Camilla’s success as a model and an entrepreneur rests on her determination, her drive. You have to be tough and you have to be passionate. You’ve got to get up when you fall. But most of all, you’ve got to be…


6. Camilla Barungi

7. The Barungi


Always Moving Women





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