The Largest Bata Super-Store Now Open, Officially.

Bata Shoe Organization CEO, Mr. Jack Clemmons cuts the tape to officially open Bata MBK. He is flanked by, from left, Bata Kenya's FD, RK Gupta, Bata Shoes COO, Jorge Carbajal, Nairobi County's Anna Othoro, Bata Kenya MD, Alberto Errico, Merchandising Director, Agnes Murila, Retail Manager, Rajat Saxena and Bata Africa MD, Hernan Vizcaya.

Bata Shoe Organization CEO, Mr. Jack Clemmons cuts the tape to officially open Bata MBK. He is flanked by, from left, Bata Kenya’s FD, RK Gupta, Bata Shoes COO, Jorge Carbajal, Nairobi County’s Anna Othoro, Bata Kenya MD, Alberto Errico, Merchandising Director, Agnes Murila, Retail Manager, Rajat Saxena and Bata Africa MD, Hernan Vizcaya.

The largest Bata store in Africa, Bata MBK, was officially opened on Thursday, 22nd January 2015 in a pompous event attended by Bata Shoes Organization’s top executives, Bata Kenya’s management and officiated by County Executive in charge of Trade, Industrialization, Co-operative Development & Tourism Ms. Anna Othoro.

Bata MBK is now the largest Bata store in Africa and one of a kind in the world. As you go up the steps into the store, a new world starts opening. The first thing that strikes you is the size- this is, practically, a mall of shoes and accessories. A whole 12,000 square ft set on two floors!

The colours, lighting and the whole decor is like nothing you have seen in Kenya, actually Africa, before. The kids run between the isles and up the escalators in excitement, to the children’s play area, leaving you to “wow” and “aah” at the collection.

There is a large collection of Bata shoes you have never seen elsewhere. And then there are renowned international brands in the house: Nike, Clarks, Skechers, Adidas, Puma and Naturalizer.

Check out the photos:

And, one last bit, there is a 20% Discount on all shoes!

20% MBK Discount


Brogues and When to Wear Them.

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The Brogue is a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterised by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations and/or serration along the pieces’ visible edges.

Undoubtedly one of the most easily recognized shoe styles, the brogue is a footwear classic. Comfortable, durable and timeless, the pattern of holes has a practical purpose – to speed up the drying process when wet.

How and When to wear Brogues

A full brogue would formally not be considered the proper shoe to wear with a three piece pin-stripe suit, whereas a quarter brogue in black or oxblood makes for a perfect business shoes. Here is how to wear brogues, based on the occasion:

  • Source: FashionCadet

    Always bear in mind that a shoe is less formal the more broguing it has and vice versa. As such, full brogues are perfect when combined with anything related to more casual attire, and semi brogues in a darker brown color are very versatile and can be worn with sport coats and brown suits.

  • Brogues are never appropriate for very formal events, or with dark three piece business suits.
  • When worn as a dress shoe with a suit, it is better to opt for either half brogues or quarter brogues as they are not too elaborate and maintain the formality of the outfit. A full brogue is mostly too casual for a formal suit.
  • On other semi – formal occasions where a suit is not required and where a blazer or a sports coat the semi-brogue makes for an ideal choice. It maintains just the right amount of formality and casualness.
  • In a casual setting the brogue can be paired with jeans, chinos, and most other casual trousers. Slimmer fitting trousers that show a small bit of ankle also work well, as they show off the decorative nature of the shoe; a checked shirt will do great.
  • Of course, if you work at a bank, law firm, or a similar white collar job, go with black quarter brogues. If you are kind of in between, suede full or half brogue in various shades of brown are appropriate.

What to avoid:


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Because brogues have become so popular for formal and casual styles, there isn’t a lot you can do wrong. But there are a few key points to consider.

  • Trousers that are quite baggy don’t work well with any dress shoe, and a brogue is no exception. Cargo trousers can be worn with brogues, but it is essential they aren’t too big; if they are, the wearer will look like they have tiny titsy feet.
  • As with anything to do with fashion, colours are important. Tan brogues go well with navy outfits, black brogue work well as part of work suit and for colourful brogues, try and coordinate with your accessories.

Every man should have at least one pair of brogue shoes and once you increase the number of shoes in your collection, probably half of your shoes or more will have some sort of broguing. If versatility is your goal, the darker semi brogue is probably the way to go but a lighter brown will also work with many outfits.

Brogues’ classic style lets move from the office to the pub without missing a beat.

Sources: Gentleman’s Gazette | | Samuel Windsor

The Biggest Bata Store in Africa: Get Ready!

It will be huge, the biggest Bata store in Africa,

It will be beautiful, with a whole new design and concept,

It will be fun for the kids and peaceful for you, with a children play area,

It will be make shopping easier, with escalators and electronic shopping guides,

It will offer a much wider variety, actually, stocking many more international brands,

And it is opening very, very soon!

Are you ready for Bata MBK?

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The Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award Idea Submission is now on!


The Thomas J. Bata Award was announced on September 17th 2014.

You have been asking for submissions procedures and more details. It’s here!  It’s time to submit your responsible business idea for a chance to win up to $15,000 from the Bata Shoe Foundation.  The submission period opens Monday, November 17 and goes through December 19.

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which coincides with the opening of the submission period of the Award, the Bata Shoe Foundation is co-hosting networking events at Nairobi-area business schools to provide inspiration and information about the Award.

Events during Global Entrepreneurship Week include:

November 18

7:00 am – 10:00 am Strathmore Business School and iBizAfrica Breakfast Networking Reception

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Riara School of Business Cocktail Networking Reception

November 19

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm USIU-A Chandaria School of Business CEEDWomen and Responsible Entrepreneurship Address and Reception

November 20

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  Kenyatta University Business School and Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Centre Cocktail Networking Reception

For event details please visit

Established by the Bata Shoe Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas J. Bata, “Shoemaker to the World,” who died at the age of 93 in 2008, the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award will match three to five finalists with mentors, and Award one $15,000 and two $5,000 prizes.  The Award commemorates Mr. Bata’s dedication to responsible entrepreneurship and service, reflecting the Bata family values, and will create a legacy to perpetuate those values.


Photos: Welcome to the New-Look Bata Hilton


Nairobi County Executive for Trade, Industrialization, Co-operative Development & Tourism Ms. Anna Othoro, and Bata Kenya MD Mr. Alberto Errico cut the cake to launch the new look Bata Hilton.

The date is Friday 31st October 2014, the location is Nairobi CBD, Hilton and there is a big occasion. Bata Hilton is being re-opened!

So, what was the fuss about?

Introducing the New Look Bata Hilton!

On the outside:

IMG_3383IMG_3396Let’s look inside:

Have you visited? What do you think about the new look?

Locate your nearest Bata Store

Did you know that Bata Kenya has 138 stores retail countrywide? That’s right! 113 of these are company owned, with 25 franchise stores.

In addition to these, we have 13 Depots and 70 Wholesale stores supplying over a thousand dealers. That’s how much you love Bata, and for this, we say thanks.

Back to the retail stores, how do you locate the nearest store? This is now very easy, check out our newly updated Store Locator.

So, which store is closest to you? Where else do you think we should have a store?

Talk to us in the comment section below.

$25,000 To The East African Youth with the Best Business/Idea!

IMG_0234The Bata Shoe Foundation has established the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award in honor of Thomas J. Bata, “Shoemaker to the World,” who died at the age of 93 in 2008.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas J. Bata, the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award will promote and support responsible entrepreneurship in emerging markets.  With a focus to promote and support responsible capitalism for emerging markets, this year the Award will identify young people from East Africa with a sustainable business idea that addresses a community need or challenge.

Does your business/idea commemorate these Thomas J. Bata values?

  • A commitment to the importance of responsible entrepreneurship and its role in job creation
  • An international outlook
  • A commitment to ethical business practices
  • A strong interest in young people in emerging markets and the role that business can play in creating opportunities that enable them to develop
  • A believe that business is a public trust with the obligation to improve and serve society
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and continuing education

What you need to know:

  • 1st Price: $15,000 (Approx. Sh.1,350,000) and mentoring to support the growth of your business.
  • Two Runners Up: $5,000 (Approx. Sh. 450000) each and mentoring support.

Who can enter:

  • Youth, 18 – 35 years’ old entrepreneurs from East Africa.
  • Individuals or teams of up to four people may enter the contest as long at least two members of the team are within 18 – 35 years of age.
  • The submission period will open November 17, 2014.

For more info:

To receive the most updated information about the award, click here to join the email list.

Twitter: #BataLegacy #SocEnt

So, do you have what it takes?

Tips for Choosing the Right Handbag

Handbags hold items that are a daily necessity, complement a woman’s wardrobe, and  make a fashion statement. Whether a woman is looking for a handbag for everyday use or an event, she can find a large selection of designer handbags, stylish purses, sturdy totes, and more for sale. You will be spoilt for choice!

The right handbag can flatter your figure and complete a favourite outfit. You might end up carrying your handbag every day for months on end so it is essential that you choose one that is right for you! So, what do you look out for when getting your handbag:
1. Handbag Size vs Body Size

Knowing the right size of a handbag for your body type should be the first thing to consider before buying it. This will help you find the most appropriate handbag that would look best for you. Just keep in mind that no matter how stylish and elegant a handbag that you carry, it will be unfashionable if it doesn’t set off with your figure.

Here is a guide from eBay:

Body Type


Tall and Thin

For tall and thin body types, choose a short, slouchy shaped handbag, such as a hobo bag. Try to avoid shoulder bags with short straps, as they tend to make the wearer look taller. A handbag wider than it is tall will be the best choice.


Petite people need to avoid oversized bags, as they tend to overwhelm a smaller frame. Also do not wear handbags with shoulder straps, as they will weigh a petite person down.


A large, structured handbag, or even a boxy handbag to help balance the wearer’s curves are the best choices of those who wear plus-sized clothing. Carrying a small bag can make a plus-size person look larger, so avoid them altogether.


Before splurging on an expensive handbag, shoppers should find one that they will be able to wear often. And if buying several handbags, be sure to buy at least one classic handbag in black or brown for everyday use. You can then experiment with other styles, knowing you have at least one you can fall back on when necessary.

Bata Handbags
2. Shape of Handbag

Choosing the best shape of handbag for your figure is another preference before purchasing it. Always bear in mind that carrying a handbag that is proportioned with your body shape is the best way to look stylish and fashionable because it really helps to change and enhance your overall look.

The best tip to achieve this is to make sure that your choice of handbag shape is the opposite of your body type. So if you’re slim and tall, you should choose rounded bag to best match your look. However, if you have a shorter physique, tall and rectangular bag is suitable for you to make you look elevated.
Capture43. Your Outfit Colour

After you have selected the right size and shape of a handbag that best suit to you, it’s now time to choose for its color. Matching up the color of handbag to your outfit and shoes is an ideal way to have a fashionable style. Try to buy a colorful handbag that has dominant colors that will match most of your clothes. But to be more practical, you can also go for a plain handbag with just one color. It’s most recommended to take neutral color handbags since they are popular choice. Black is a neutral color so you can never go wrong in selecting it because it always comes in style and fashion. You can also harmonize it with any color of your outfit. Brown and white colors are also advisable to use because you can also match them with most of your clothes.

4. Occasion

And finally, it’s really important that you know what will be the purpose of a handbag. To be practical, you must put some considerations on its functions because every occasion, place and season calls for different styles and designs of handbags. Just be sure that you’re chosen handbag complements to a specific place or occasion and there’s no doubt that you’ll achieve the stylish outfit you most desire.

Capture55. Durability

No matter how much you plan on spending on a bag, you’re going to want to make sure that the purse is worth what you’re paying. Inspect the material, the seams and the zippers. If there are any signs of wear, tear or weakness in the bag it probably won’t be a bag that will give you much mileage.

6.  Style

Think about your general style. If you usually wear casual clothes, going for a very formal handbag is not a good idea! This can be tricky, so make sure you do a bit of research. Look in fashion magazines for models wearing similar style clothes to you, then make a note of the types of handbags that they have been dressed with. You may not like that particular handbag, but note the style, and think about whether you would like it in a different colour, a different material, or if it were slightly bigger or smaller.

Capture17. Functionality

Before buying a purse be sure to take into consideration how secure your belongings will be held inside. If you’re a city gal, or just generally around hoards of people, a zipper or button top is a wise decision to avoid spillage or stolen goods.

And, at Bata, you have a large variety of bags to choose from. All colours, sizes, styles and materials!

Check out our collection, and buy online!

It Will Be a Colourful Third Term!

“I am in Form 4, so, how will I use this Yoyo?” He posed.

Yoyos are great toys-they are not only fun to play with but also help in body mechanics, honing concentration, and mind-body co-ordination. So, yes, even this writer yo-yos in the office :)

Remember the Back To School pens we all loved? The red, the yellow, the blue, the pink, the orange pens? They are back! And they are FREE!

What’s more, you can choose between the pens and the Yoyo, while stocks last!

Back To School

Colourful Third Term!

To get school merchandise:

Look and Feel Different!

Guess what’s the latest in Bata stores?

You guessed right! They are trendy, they are comfortable, they are the Bata quality that you have always trusted and they are now available at a selected store near you!

Can’t get  your size? Call us on 0726-668941 or contact us Twitter , Facebook or the comment section below. You can also buy online, here with FREE home delivery!

Trendy, ladies shoes

Don’t miss out!

Ballerinas have never been this fabolous!

Do you own a pair of Ballerinas? They are your best friend, they understand, and will never let you down when others leave you frustrated. They will accompany you everywhere!

A combination of the best quality and a highly comfortable fit, feminine design and a striking range of colours and patterns makes our new arrivals perfect for every occasion, whatever your style!

Check out the collection:

Bata Ballerinas
Now available at a store near you, or online with FREE Home delivery!

How to Match Your Suit to your Shoes

We have all faced the dilemma: What shoes should I wear with this suit? Which colour of shoes will match to my black suit?

Well, you can now get all these answers and more! We came across this visual guide from a stylist stRafaello on Reddit showing which types of shoes match with which suits, which colors match best for a traditional look, and which are trendy. What’s more, it guides you on how to select formal shoes based on the level you are in!

A Visual Guide To Matching Suits And Dress Shoes

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Whatever your Formal Style Is..We Got It!

Boots or Lowcuts, Laced or Slip-on, buckled or elastic, black or brown-whatever your style, we have it! In Genuine Leather, great prices….and now, available in Size 12, too!

Check them out!

Bata Men formal shoes



Avoid the Pinch: 5 Ways to Break In Your New Shoes


You rush home with your shopping bag, eagerly grab the box, rip out the shopping bags, and carefully slip your new shoes onto your feet. There is nothing quite like those first few moments with a new pair of beautiful shoes! They make old outfits seems totally new, infusing life and excitement into your boring old wardrobe. Sometimes we buy them for occasions-short deadlines.

Then you wear your new shoes and the pinch happens! Blisters, can’t walk in your new shoes, they are slipping left, right and centre!

You have to break them in! Take your shoes as your baby, those moments before you go all out in feeding them with the family meal. You have to introduce them to the new life gradually!

Here is how:

1. Start Small!

Wear your new shoes around the house, and on short outings several times before taking them on a long trek, in the office where you don’t walk much-as back up shoes, of course.

Wear thin socks, if possible, for extra foot protection! Wear your shoes for a half hour to an hour every day. Take them off as soon they start to hurt.

After a few days, you should feel more comfortable in your new shoes.

2. Wear your shoes with socks.

0For guys, this is pretty obvious! Tell us you wear your shoes with slippers(unless they are sandals). For ladies, it may not be a fashion flop, but you can sneak in socks at your desk or when you’re schlepping around the house.

Damp socks can work too — the water stretches out the material just slightly, speeding up the process. Hint: Don’t do this with leather-it may harden your shoes.

Do this for a few days and you’ll notice that you are blister-free and your shoes are broken in and have molded to the shape of your foot as well!

3. Blow Dry!

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This is magic, so let’s do it slowly- You can use your blow dryer, blast them for a couple of minutes! The heat helps the material expand and your stretching maximizes its effect. This is how you do it:


  • Put on socks  and slip on your shoes.
  • Aim the hairdryer on the tight section for a few seconds (wiggle and stretch your feet inside the shoe for maximum benefit).
  • Keep the shoes on while they cool.
  • Remove the socks and test out shoes.
  • It should be stretched out, but if you need more room, then repeat the process.

4. Sandpaper

New shoes slide! Either the sole is too smooth, or, you, know-you haven’t learned how to walk in them. To keep from sliding, use a bit of sandpaper and “rough up” the soles. This is especially important in the area under the toes.

5. Prevention is Better.

Be sure to buy the correct size. If you get a size too small, it will really hurt your feet. If you get a size too big, you could injure your feet as well. So, get the correct size, and avoid some of this stress.

Info Sources: The Gloss | WikiHow | CLAS