Common Men Shoe Designs Defined

Don’t get overwhelmed when you go shopping for shoes. Today, we describe common men shoe designs:


A low-profile laced shoe with eyelet tabs that are stitched underneath the upper and over the instep. This method of construction is also known as “closed lacing”. Originating from Scotland and Ireland, they’re traditionally made of leather, come below the ankle and have a small piece of leather sewn over the toes to create a type of cap.Typically the sleeker the design (being also black in color), the more formal the shoe.


Characterised by the perforated pattern on the uppers, brogues can come in any shape of shoe or boot. Like Oxfords, this type of footwear was first created in Scotland and Ireland and was considered to be an outdoor shoe as the perforations weren’t there for decoration, but to drain out water. Nowadays, they’re worn more in the city than countryside, and although designers can create their own pattern, the four classic styles – full brogue (or wingtip), semi brogues, quarter brogues and longing brogues – never go out of fashion.


The Derby is a very similar to the oxford shoe but the difference is in the lacing which is sewn outside of the shoes (showing visible flaps). This more noticeable lacing style makes this shoe style less formal compared to the classic Oxford. Derby come in any color, brogue and non brogue, cap-toed, wing tipped, as well as many different types of leather and linen. Derby shoes are perfect for a smart-casual dress consisting of jeans, dress shorts, and sport coats. They are less suited for suits but do make a good shoe choice for business attire on rainy days due to their more rugged construction.

Chelsea Boots

Dating back to Victorian times, this ankle-high boot can be identified by the elasticated side panels that run from above the welt to the opening. First used as a type of riding boot and then elevated to fashion statement by the mod crowd in the 1960s, the Chelsea boot has retained to cool kudos. Best worn with a skinny suit or jeans.


Loafer’s are the traveling business man’s best friend. They slip on and off easily when going through security, they are comfortable, and versatile. The sleeker and simpler the design the more formal it is. Also, darker colors are more formal (black being the most formal), and the less of your socks are visible the more formal the look. Loafers look great with jeans and dress pants, as well as with suits when not wearing a necktie.


The term “Wing Tip” refers to the shape of the cap toe that looks like wings stretching across the front of the shoe. Most wing tips are Derby shoes decorated with brogue leather. While most wing tips are solid in color (mostly back or brown), two-toned date back to the 1920s (black & white). Today two-toned wingtips are once again quite popular and perfect for a smart-casual dress.


These resemble open-laced oxfords, only with an athletic (rubber) sole and a slightly higher top. Lifestyle shoes are extremely flexible, as far as accompanying clothing goes. You can wear them with corduroy, cargo pants, khakis, wool slacks, or jeans. Nevertheless, they’re best-suited for the campus, parties or simply for everyday, non-athletic events.

Chukka boots



Ankle length and featuring 2 or 3 pairs of eyelets. They similar to desert boots, but the openings are less loose on the ankles.






Simply, these are man sandals. They are available in a variety of designs, most commonly dress, athletic, casual and thongs(slippers). Simply make sure your feet are looking good and chuck in your pair of sandals. NEVER wear with socks, though.




For more information, here is the Renalan’s Visual Guide to Dress Shoes:

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Article Adapted from: JohnLewis.Com | Tie-A-Tie.Net

Here Comes The Rainbow!!

The newest kid on the block…for kids!

Rainbow Rainboots are now available in a range of exciting colours!

Now you can let them play in the mud, with a splash of colour!

With a bow, for girls..

With a bow, for girls..

With a Safari Badge, for boys!

With a Safari Badge, for boys!

Now available at a Bata Store near you and online.


To order online:

20 Signs You Are Addicted to Shoes

Addicted to shoes

Christina Aguilera’s shoe room

  1. Before you spend money on something costly, you always measure how much it’s worth against the number of pairs of shoes you could be buying!
  2. You tell people you are broke and still end up going home with a new pair of shoes.
  3. You stare at a picture of shoes for hours because they’re just SO HOT!!!
  4. You have a certain type of shoe in all the colours available and you still want more…Just can’t get enough of a sweet shoe.
  5. You have turned your room into a walk in closet for your shoes.
  6. You are tempted by the smell of shoes. First blink-walking past a shoe store and telling yourself you won’t go in…Second blink-you have a shoe bag in your hand
  7. You wake in the middle of the night after dreaming about a pair of shoes you saw in the papers.
  8. You buy shoes to suit your mood or to relieve stress.
  9. You don’t know your shoe count.
  10. You buy shoes you actually don’t need at the moment because it’s hard to see them and just leave there, lonely :)
  11. You buy a smaller or larger size because your size is not available. You just have to have it.
  12. You buy two or more pairs of shoes in a week and still don’t feel guilty about it.
  13. No matter how much it pinches, you’d still wear that shoe.
  14. When you go shopping to buy something and miss it, you buy a pair of shoes instead.
  15. You have more shoes than clothes!!
  16. “There are people who are addicted to drugs, so I am much better. :)
  17. You’re basically on a first-name basis with the staff in the shoe department.
  18. You can’t throw away worn out shoes because you “want to keep them for the memories”
  19. You even debated between paying the rent or hitting up that sale
  20. You are reading this list, smiling and laughing out loud…and thinking “That’s so like me”
Let’s keep this running. Add yours in the comment section below….

Introducing….Bata Limuru VYSA Football Club


Bata Limuru VYSA FC

Bata Limuru VYSA was formed with a purpose: To tap and nurture talent right from the grass root level and turn it into professional talent; and get the youth active for a good cause.

It has managed more than that. Made up of young people from the Limuru community, the Club has progressed up the ranks from a boys’ get-together meeting at Bata Sports Stadium to enjoy themselves to a professional football club, winning their promotion to the Nationwide League this year, 2014. Most of last season’s first team players have joined top teams this season, realizing their dream of playing pro-football. The next, very capable crop is flying the flag this season.  Its under 15 team is also participating in this year’s Copa Coca Cola.

Such is the Football Club, organized in age tiers to nurture talent right from Under 15s, Under 18s and the older players. Longevity is guaranteed.

In the commisioning ceremony on Friday 28th March 2014, the eve of the new season, Bata Kenya MD Alberto Errico had this to say: “We are very proud of the progress that you have been making over the years, and our fruitful partnership. Bata is fully behind you in your quest. Go on and use your talent to better yourselves, this community and the country. I challenge you to go ahead and win promotion to the Kenya Premier League. ”

Accepting the sponsorship, the Team Coach said “We are very grateful for the support Bata has accorded us all through. We could not have been anywhere near this level had it not for the support. We promise not to let you down; we will fly the Bata flag high. We will be a perfect reflection of the perfect brand that is Bata”

Now you have a team to cheer in the Nationwide League…all the way to KPL promotion.

17 Fun Foot and Shoe Facts you Should Know.

Best-2007_african-feet-circleYour feet do so much for you, but how much do you really know about them? Here is a list of interesting, useful, and just plain weird facts about your feet:

1.The skin on your feet is 20 times thicker than the rest of your skin..
2. Feet produce ½ cup of sweat per day through the 250,000 sweat glands they contain.
3. The weight of shoes increases twofold when walking, six times when running.
4. Slim people’s feet get longer during the day, bigger people’s feet get wider.
5. The feet size changes by as much as 10 % during the day, that is the equivalent of one shoe size
6. Children’s feet grow continually and must be measured every three months
7. Girls’ feet grow until 14 years of age, boys’ until 16 years of age
8. There are three types of feet – distinguished by the shape and size of toes
Egyptian foot – the 2nd toe is shorter than the big toe – 70% of population
Greek foot – the 2nd toe is longer than the big toe – 20% of population
Square foot – all toes same length – 10 % of population
9. During an average person’s life, the feet’s sole flexes, stretches and contracts 300 million times, yet remains fully functional


10. An average person takes about 10,000 steps a day, walks about 3,200 km per year and walks a distance corresponding to going around the globe for four and half times during their life
11. Each sole must bear a pressure of about 500 tonnes every day
12. No two people have the same feet, not even the opposite feet of the same person are identical. Each person’s footprints are individual and remain the same for their entire life.
foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and a whopping 250,000 sweat glands.
13. About three quarters of people wear the wrong sized shoes.People stick to the size they were measured for when young and fail to realise that their feet change shape. People also like to get the most out of their footwear, and wear and re-wear them even if they no longer fit.
14. Going barefoot is best for your feet, joints and overall posture.people had healthier feet and posture before the invention of shoes.
15. Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.
16. Women suffer from four times as many foot problems as men mainly due of their choice of footwear, such as shoes with narrow toes and high heels.
17. The largest feet in the world belong to a Mr Matthew McGrory who lives in America whose feet are a whopping size 28!
Appreciate your feet!

Pic: Well and Good

“My Son Looks Great In The Shoes You Made Specially For Him”

Happy Bata Kenya Customers

Migan had looked for a certain type of shoes for her son in several stores in the Coast region and could not get them-they had been out of stock for some time. She asked via our Facebook Page if we could make a pair specially for her son.

This was her request:

I am at UKUNDA(SOUTH- COAST). I went to your branch at Diani Nakumatt and the one recently opened near Ukunda Equity bank but in both,I did not get.In Mombasa town,I’ve visited all your branches,but all in vain.I send my brother who stays at Kisumu to buy and send the to me from there,but again he did not get that type of safari boot.

It is the Kids’ 7(CHOCOLATE/DARK BROWN COLOUR) Safari boot. Can you just process one pair for me? How much is it for that pair?

Since this shoe was not in production for kids, we had to make it specially for her-it takes around two weeks, and she waited patiently.

The pair was produced, she paid online via M-Pesa, and we had the shoes delivered to her most convenient store, Bata Diani.

She could not hide her joy-she even shared a photo of her handsome son in the new shoes:

Thanks a lot.I got them.I am very grateful.God bless you so much for being faithful.I have attached a photo of my son wearing the shoe you send.Asante sana.

Happy customers always give us a cheer- they motivate us to continually improve our customer service delivery.
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How To Simply Locate Products on

By now you know you can shop for shoes from the comfort of your room through Bata Home, right? You can, and the shoes are delivered to your doorstep!

Does this sound complicated? It isn’t!



This is the Home Page:

BataKenya Home Page

Direct View:

You can click on any of the images on the Home Page to go directly to the shoes(on the image) page.

Category selection

At the top, you can easily select the category(Ladies, Men, Kids, etc) you are interested in. When you hover your cursor on the category you are interested in, you will see the Sub Categories(Casual, Dress, Boots, etc) and Brands. Here, we have just pointed at Ladies:


Go to the Exact characteristics you are looking for.

You can easily refine your search to the exact features you are looking for.

Sub Category:

Let’s say you want an official Ladies Wedge…

Define search

….and the brand you want is Marie Claire

Here you will find the various brands that are availabve under this category


Click on it

…Worth between Sh. 1499 and Sh. 2000

This shows you the minimum and the maximum prices of shoes. o select a range, simply drag the selection.


Just Drag

…Size 5

This gives you the sizes available. To see shoes available in your size, simply click your size and all shoes in your size will appear.

Just Select

Just Select

….In either Colour Blue or Black

You don’t have to view all the shoes when you want to select a certain colour for an event. Simply select the colour you are looking for and all the shoes you will see will be in your preferred colour!



If you know the name of the shoe or the article number…or some description( say running shoes) , simply search at the top!

Type and ENTER

Type and ENTER

Now that you know, head over to and shop! shop! shop! Delivery is FREE for orders above Sh. 2000.

There you go!


Shoes Every Girl Must Have!




“A girl and her shoes…..” Girls love shoes. It is an “obsession” without a cure. Buying a pair of fabulous shoes might be the best treat for ladies’ fashionista souls.

There are shoes that ALL ladies MUST have in their wardrobes, though. Let’s walk through:

1. Classic Pumps

@ Sh.3999 HERE

@ Sh.3999 HERE

As a girl who understands fashion, you want to get only the best pair of classic black pumps. Yes, Being the savvy fashionista you are, the best way to get your pedicured toes into a pair of delicious treats is to get yourself a pair of pump heels, and make the roads and pavements your runway!


2. Bold Colours

@Sh. 299 HERE

@Sh. 2999 HERE

Dare to stand out! Dare to buy a bright, eye catching pair of shoes. From a pair of plain whites to animal prints to colour blocks – bold shoes will jazz up your outfit.


3. Ballet Flats

@Sh. 1799 HERE

@Sh. 1799 HERE

You can go from bleachers to boardroom to boardwalk in ballet flats and still look great. If you want to go high end, buy yourself a pair of classic ballet flats and be exceptionally comfortable while looking uber fabulous.


4. Hip Boots

@Sh. 3599 HERE

@Sh. 3599 HERE

Live on the edge girl! Or at least make it look like you do… A nice pair of boots can spice up an outfit. You can wear your boots with a flowing skirt or a short skirt showing off your legs that are miles long. You can also rock out these booties with your favourite jeans – and they do make a fashion statement. Without a doubt, boots are a total fashion accessory.


5. Sexy Strappy Sandals …

@Sh. 1799 HERE

@Sh. 1799 HERE

Sexy strappy sandals are forever in fashion and are oh so versatile – with a dress for a night out or with jeans and a cute top for a casual look. When buying a pair, find something comfortable – especially if you’ll be standing and walking for long periods.
Buy Ladies Sandals Online

6. Nice Wedges…

@Sh. 3399 HERE

@Sh. 3399 HERE

This is a fashion cheat – a woman’s secret into looking fabulous while staying super comfortable. Wedges are great all through summer and holidays – they are easy to walk in, they elongate your legs, they’re very versatile and look great on anyone.


7. Premium Safari Boots

Premium Safari @EstherKute

Premium Safari @EstherKute

The Boots that say you know Africa are available in girl colours. Get yourself a pair-you will draw envious glances.


8. Tomy Takkies!

@Sh. 1399 HERE

@Sh. 1399 HERE

Tomy Takkies are ubiquitous, adorable, and pocket friendly! They come in all kinds of colors. Dressed up, they are a statement of independence or comfort before fashion, the perfect touch to almost anything- skirts, dresses, skinny jeans, or shorts. Without socks or with tights, at night or during the day, anywhere, they are a unifying shoe: everyone loves them. Simply a must-have.



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Great Deals on Marie Claire Handbags!

Get the finest Marie Claire handbags at a huge discount with The Big March Sale!

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The Tomy Takkies Collection Just Got Bigger

Last year, Tomy Takkies arrived to pomp and fanfare…we all loved them!

Read more on:

Now, your favourite shoe collection got bigger and funkier! With the same great prices of between Sh.599 and Sh. 1599, there is a greater variety, more colour combinations that you could have only imagined, and yes, they are moving out like, as we say in Kenya, hot samosas!

So, get yours TODAY online or at a store near you!

Tomy Takkies


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How To Clean Your Safari Boots in 4 Easy Steps-Illustrated

How do you clean your Safari Boots to maintain their original colour and keep you looking spic and span, you ask?

Here is how:

How to Clean Safari boots

The Safari boot Suede cleaner and the brush are available in all Bata stores countrywide.

So, now that you know, why not get yourself a pair of Safari boots online(we will deliver free) or at a Bata store near you? :)

Be the Star in These Funky Wedges

Figure out a shoe that:

  • Is as comfortable as we know North Star is.
  • Is casual yet smart.
  • Is a stylish and unique outdoor leisure design
  • Accentuates your figure like wedges do.

This is all in one shoe now…the brand new North Star Wedge

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Now available at a store near you.

To order online :

6 Shoe-Related Foot Conditions and How To Prevent Them

 The foot may look simple but is a complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints, numerous muscles, nerves and different ligaments. This means feet are vulnerable to several health problems and ailments.

The list being inexhaustible, let us look at some of the common foot problems or disorders that are shoe-related and how to prevent them.

1. Fungal and Bacterial Conditions:



The common example here is athlete’s foot. They occur because our feet spend a lot of time in shoes – a warm, dark, humid place that is perfect for fungus to grow. Fungal and bacterial conditions can cause dry skin, redness, blisters, itching, and peeling.


  • Keep your feet – especially the area between your toes – clean and dry.
  • Change your shoes and socks or stockings often to help keep your feet dry.
  • Try dusting your feet daily with foot powder.

2. Corns and calluses

These are chunky tough layers of skin that develop on the foot to protect underlying skin from pressure and friction. They are caused by friction and pressure when the bony parts of your feet rub against your shoes.


  • Wear properly fitted shoes; avoid very high-heeled, narrow shoes that push the toes forward, causing them to rub against the shoe
  • Wear shoes with a sufficient toe-wiggle.
  • Use cushioned pads and insoles

Whereas they clear themselves, if corns or calluses persist, see your doctor- treating them yourself may be harmful, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

3. Warts

Pic: Wikipedia

Pic: Wikipedia

These are noncancerous skin growths caused by viruses occurring on the sole or toes of the foot. Pinpoint bleeding may occur when these are scratched, and they may be painful when standing or walking.


  • Avoid direct contact with infected surfaces such as communal changing rooms and shower floors and benches.
  • Avoid sharing of shoes and socks
  • Avoid contact with warts on other parts of the body and on the bodies of others.

4. Bunions



These are abnormal bony masses that form on the big toe and points outwards. They develop when the joints in your big toe no longer fit together as they should and become swollen and tender. Bunions are caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly although they tend to run in families. Over time, the big toe pushes outwards and alters the normal outline of the foot.


  • If a bunion is not severe, wear shoes cut wide at the instep and toes, taping the foot
  • Wear pads that cushion the bunion.
  • You may need to engage physical therapy and wear orthotic devices or shoe inserts.

5. Ingrown toenails

Pic: Wikipedia

Pic: Wikipedia

This is a disorder where the nail starts to grow into the soft fleshy area of the toe. It causes intense redness, pain and swelling. These occur when a piece of the nail breaks the skin – which can happen if you don’t cut your nails properly. Ingrown toenails are very common in the large toes.


  • Cut your toenails after bathing, when they are soft
  • Trim toenails with a nail clipper straight across, slightly longer than the end of the toes
  • Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails
  • After clipping, smooth toenails with a file.
  • Avoid wearing tight, restrictive shoes

6. Hammertoe



These are unsightly and reveal a toe that is curled due to a bend in the middle joint of the toe. Hammer toes occur chiefly because the shoe is too tight at the front or the heels are too high. In such situations, the toe is strained against the front of the shoe and results in an abnormal twist. The toe knuckle is usually enlarged, drawing the toe back. Over time, the joint enlarges and stiffens as it rubs against shoes. Your balance may be affected.


  • Wear shoes and stockings with plenty of toe room.