The divorced couple who built a global shoe company | BBC News

Jodie Fox says that when she started a successful business with her then husband Michael, it was both “amazing and equally difficult”.

The Australian couple had set up their company, Shoes of Prey, in Sydney in 2009, three years after they had married in their early 20s.

Together with co-founder and old college friend Mike Knapp, they launched their e-commerce website that allows women to design their own shoes. The company then makes them at its factory in China, before mailing them out to anywhere in the world.

While the business is continuing to grow strongly, and so far more than six million shoes have been designed on its website, the Foxes’ marriage broke down under the strain of working together, and they divorced in 2012.

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