Luyanda Mehlomakhulu and Lebogang Mohlala are founders of Clean Grip Shoe Laundry
Inspiration can come from strange places. In Clean Grip's case, it came from the combination of OCD shoe lovers' concerns, an appreciation for local sneaker culture, and some good old romance. Lebo and Luyanda's shoe laundry could be described as an Uber-like concierge service. With pick up and delivery available all around Johannesburg, Clean Grip is basically a premium spa for your shoes – they do everything from basic cleaning and maintenance to restoring form and fading colour. Between admiring her engagement ring and praying for Arsenal, the Clean Grip team answered a few questions for The Way of Us.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Lebo: Catching up on series.
Luyanda: Playing and watching football.
What’s the next thing you’d like to tick off your bucket list?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Both: Night Owls. In our beginning phases, we'd find ourselves washing footwear in the wee hours of the morning.
What are the top 10 things on your Wishlist?
What’s the weirdest thing in your bag right now?
Lebo: A non-winning lotto ticket.
What’s one question you would ask the president?
Luyanda: Do you own a pair of sneakers and can Clean Grip be at your service?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Lebo: You’re bound to fail but get up and finish what you have started.
Luyanda: Sometimes it is the very people who no one imagines anything of, who do things that no one ever imagined.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Both: Having the courage to start our business and seeing people love what we do.
What is your most treasured possession?
Lebo: My engagement ring.
Luyanda: My fiancé.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Lebo: My ability to laugh through the toughest of times.
Luyanda: My ability to easily converse with people from all walks of life.
Which historical figure do you identify with the most?
Lebo: Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
Luyanda: Malcolm X.
When and where were you happiest?
Lebo: When my lobola negotiations were concluded at my place, haha!
Luyanda: When she said yes.
What is your idea of complete happiness?
Lebo: Leaving a legacy of generational wealth.
Luyanda: Knowing that when you look back on the little wins you've had in your entire life, you'll pat yourself on the back and say well done.