Monthly Archives: January 2013

How to Avoid Smelly Shoes and Feet

Smelly shoes? Now, that’s embarrassing!

Well, let’s try to look at ways to avoid this. Whereas it’s sometimes a medical condition, most of it can be avoided.

Here is how:

Buy quality fitting shoes

Try to buy good quality shoes made of natural materials because they allow your feet to breathe and the sweat to dissipate much easier. Synthetic shoes prevent ventilation and hence emit the stinky odor. Also, if your shoes are too tight, your feet may sweat more than usual (and you’ll be miserably uncomfortable, too).

Hygiene

Don’t take feet hygiene lightly. We tend to ignore washing our feet since, you know, water gets there when bathing, anyway. No! Washing your feet often removes the bacteria lingering around your feet. You could use abrasive stones and sponges to remove the dead layer of skin on your feet, the one that causes most of the bad smell. Also, alternate cold and hot water on your feet. The varying temperatures open the pores in your skin and well, the sweat smells a little better. Wash your feet every day with antibacterial soap and water, and make sure you dry them completely.

Socks

Try to never wear your shoes without the socks. Wearing shoes without the socks increases the chances of sweat being absorbed into the shoes and hence promotes bacterial growth that causes the bad stench. Wear clean and washed pair of cotton socks every day. Cotton socks allow your feet to breathe and absorb more sweat and hence avoid bacteria and foul smell.

Rotate your shoes.

Give your shoes a break — never wear your shoes two days in a row. Letting your shoes dry out completely between wearings kills bacteria and they have enough time to take some air and for the sweat to evaporate.

Shoe Breathing

It’s a good practice when you get home to put your shoes somewhere out in the open. If you have sweaty feet, wear sandals or peep toe shoes. You can also remove your shoes when at your desk at work to allow you feet to dry and breathe. Sandals allow enough air around your feet throughout the day so consider this choice and keep your feet healthy and smelling fresh. You can’t stop a sweaty foot but you can stop them from getting smelly.

Dry your shoes

After every wear avoid boxing or storing your shoes right away, as doing so will encourage the growth of bacteria. What you should do instead is to allow the shoes to dry overnight. To hasten the drying activity, it will help if you remove the insoles and let them dry separately. Never use hair dyer for your shoes because that will cause your shoes damages.

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New Arrivals : Men’s boots (Take a look!)

We have been receiving a lot of inquiries on Facebook and Twitter regarding the availability of casual boots for Men.Men were of the opinion that we were leaving them out in favor of ladies and children , in the boots department.

We were not! We were just preparing something we special for you! So,(ladies and) gentlemen…..we present  VOLTAIRE!

Available in black and brown, this boot is what you have been looking for in terms of:

  • Class
  • Durability
  • Comfort

Going for  Shs. 5999, this wonderful shoe is available in Selected Stores countrywide or Online with free delivery. E-mail bata.homedelivery[at]bata.com to place your order.

Wedge On!

Wedge shoes are a hot and trendy fashion choice for ladies who want the height and style that stilettos offer but with a funky edge. Wedges, in comparison to stilettos, are much easier to walk in, as the heel of the shoe runs from the heel to the middle or front of the foot instead of being solely under your natural heel.

What Exactly is a Wedge Heel?

On most shoes, the “heel” sits under only the heel of the foot, but a wedge heel runs under the foot, from the back of the shoe to the middle or front.

As you’ve probably guessed, it has a wedge shape, but not all wedges are high heels. In fact, wedge heels range from low to high, it’s the shape and the length of the heel that classify it as a wedge.

Wedge shoes are definitely the way to go if you’re not a stiletto girl but still want to benefit
from the extra height and leg-elongating effects of high heels. They’re killer chic and foot-friendly. They’re also sexy in a casual, subtle way.

BuyRanging from casual to elegant, wedges come in all styles and heights.

While wedge heels are an extremely fashionable and versatile choice in women’s footwear, they won’t look great on everyone, or with every outfit — and like any shoe style, they have their pros and cons.

What wedges can do for you:

  • They add height, but are easier to walk in than stilettos.
  • They have a very cosmopolitan look about them hence eye catching.
  • They look great with nearly any length skirt or dress.
  • They are naturally a fashionable choice; by just choosing to wear them, you up your fashion quotient.
  • They will add definition and shape to heavy ankles, making them appear thinner.

The downside

  • You can’t run a marathon in them! Wedge heels are still heels, with all their pitfalls.
  • They may not look so good when paired with very tight-fitting clothing.
  • While there are dressier styles of wedges, finding a truly elegant one can be a bit difficult. They tend to work best on shoes that are more on the casual side.
  • Thick wedge heels will make really skinny ankles appear even thinner.

How to wear wedges:

Consider your build

Wedge heels are one of the most flattering shoe styles for women with heavy or thick calves and ankles. The clunky heel of the wedge shoe tends to balance thicker thighs and ankles. If your calves are bigger than you’d like, you’ll want to grab several pairs of this shoe style to wear with skirts and dresses. If you have thinner calves and legs, you can still wear them, but try to avoid excessively chunky styles as they can overwhelm your leg.

Wear them with flowing dresses and skirts

The full, flowing skirts and a natural for wedge heeled shoes especially if your wedges are the classic sort with a brightly-colored upper and cork or straw bottom. The wedge heel will give you the height you need and provide a nice balance for full, puffy skirts. They’re also a perfect choice for a casual party or get together, or a lunch date with the girls. The nice thing about wedges is that they are inherently more casual than pumps, which means that you don’t have to feel odd about wearing them at casual events.  It’s a modern way of wearing traditional (those long) skirts.

Wear them with pants

Wedge heeled shoes will add style to wide legged pants and will give you the extra height you need to prevent the leg shortening effect these pants can sometimes have. These shoes can look chic with a pair of faded wide legged jeans for a casual day of shopping. Use caution when wearing wedges with pants that have narrow legs especially if you have larger feet since they can make you look too foot heavy.

Explore the different materials

Wedge heels will be found in an overwhelming array of colors, styles, and materials. You’ll find these trendy heels in the form of boots, sandals, and pumps in leather, suede, canvas, and even metallics. Look for neutral shades that can go with any outfit.

You can pair your wedges with a lot of different outfits in your wardrobe.  Their casual nature means they offer great alternatives for any after-work activity you may be planning.

Sources : About.com , Helium.com

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12 Interesting Things That Happened in 2012

Happy new year to you all! Glad to have you back. They say , you can move much further forward , if you look back and appreciate how far you have come.

Let’s take a moment to briefly look back at 12 interesting things that happened on this blog in 2012.

Looking back…

We started the year on a light note and weighed in on how to survive January (advice still holds by the way ;) ).

Being a leap year, in February 29 , we dug into our Bata history and culture and brought you 29 random things about Bata. Did you know that Bata serves over 1 million customers everyday worldwide , or that you get a 15% discount on all purchases made at our Limuru shop? Well , click the above link to learn more of our rich heritage.

In April we gave you tips on what to wear and even more importantly , what NOT to wear on a first date.

In May we introduced Kikoi canvas which became an overnight hit. Now every third lady you meet has a pair or two of Kikoi canvas or has at least thought about having a pair! Our canvas factory in Limuru has been tirelessly working to satisfy the demand for the same , ever since.

Being the month of mothers day we took time to tap into moms’ wisdom by running for the second year in a row ,mama knows best campaign on our Facebook and Twitter . In this campaign we asked you to share one piece if advise your mom had shared with you The advice ranged from general advice about life (take time to know your neighbors  , to threats (I can whip you , you are still my child! :) ) to where (not) to find a suitor!… Read this (very!) informative post . 

The highlight of the month was winning the Best corporate blog award at the gala organized by Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) at the Nairobi Serena hotel. The 2013 awards are now underway. At this point we strongly suggest that you click here and nominate this blog for BAKE’s best corporate blog 2013!

In June we hinted about an interesting project we were working on : ladies’ Safari boots , that were to be part of the premium Safari collection. On a very sad note, we said goodbye to our colleague who until his passing on , was doing our website photography….living his passion.

In August we introduced Bata Home to you - our e-commerce & home delivery service – whose formal launch was done at a cocktail at the Sankara hotel. We gave you 10 reasons why you ought to be shopping online. If you haven’t , we invite you to visit our online shop and try our home delivery service.

Towards the end of the year we informed that the premium Safari collection was now available in our retail stores across the country and of course in our online store. We shared with you tips on how to look your best at the office end-of-year party.

Hello 2013!

Forget about the number 13 being jinxed , at Bata we are enthusiastic about this year and as such , have plenty of of new projects lined up for 2013 , that you will get to know about through this blog. We look forward to interacting with you not only through this blog , but also , through our website , our Twitter page , our Facebook page , our Google plus page and we are even on Pinterest!

We wish you dear reader a splendid 2013!

Feel free to drop a comment below and tell us what you would like to see more of , on this blog this year. We would love to hear it.

Click here to nominate Bata Kenya shoe blog for best corporate blog award , 2013 .