Shoe Care

Customer Story: Your Role As The Shoe Owner

Mary W. Omondi sent us great tips on the role you play as a shoe owner, on Facebook. This is what she had to say:

Shoe maintenance is all about me/ the wearer. Do you wear those Bata sandals when fetching firewood? Do you wear canvas or your school Toughees to the river? Do you wear your pumps while walking long distances or during field work or soak the canvas shoes in Jik water/ or water used to clean clothes? That is how they only last a month or less…

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Shoe Rack idea. Source: DecoSimpic

How to take care of your shoes

The first, easiest and most important thing you can do for your shoes is putting them on shoe trees when you are not wearing them. This helps the shoes expel moisture (sweat, rain water, etc.) and fend off creasing by holding the shoes’ shape.

Shoe horns help preserve the shape of the counter and quarter (the parts that often go around your heel) and can be acquired at affordable prices.
Another simple and easy thing you can do is wipe your shoes down after every use with a towel or brush. It will help keep them free of dust and dirt and can help take out minor stains and scuffs. Additionally, on leather shoes this can help maintain the shine of the leather.

If your shoes are made of leather they will, from time to time, need more than just a simple wipe down. Leather needs to be conditioned, moisturized and polished to help prolong its life. You can do this yourself, or you can have someone do it for you. Patent leather and suede do not need to be polished.

Suede cannot be polished or wiped down. Instead, brush it off using a stiff bristled brush. Suede can also be protected and cleaned more thoroughly using certain solutions when needed.
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Do no drive in your heels! Simple. The stress that driving in high heels puts on the heel is terrible for your shoes. I also cannot imagine that it is comfortable in the least.

That closet floor looks so good with all of your shoes strewn about. But it looks so much better when they are organized. A simple shoe rack will help keep your shoes more organized and protect them from unnecessary abuse. Alternatively, you could store them in shoe bags or shoe boxes.

Shoe care should not just focus on the upper of a shoe. The sole is also important. If your heels (or other shoes) are leather soled, affixing a thin rubber sole can help extend their lifespan as well as give them more traction in inclement weather and slippery bar floors.
Water, snow, and especially road salt are all bad for shoes. Do what you can to limit your exposure to these hazards.

Those little rubber tips on the end of your heels are God’s gift to hardwood floors. Without them the metal of the heel digs into even the hardest of hardwoods. Keep those tips on if at all possible, and replace them when worn — they can also affect the comfort of your heels.

This point focuses more on saving your feet rather than your shoes. But all shoes take time to break in; sometimes it helps to wear them around the house for a few hours before wearing them to work for a full day or out for a night. Your feet will thank you in the morning.

The logic is rather simple. Spend a few hundred shillings on a pair of shoes, why not take care of them? It will only take a few extra seconds when putting your shoes on and taking them off; which in the long run could extend the life of your shoes by months, if not years. Which will, over time, save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

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Something New: For the Free, Feel-Good Fashionistas

PataPata embodies fun, vibrancy and the spontaneous way of African life. Originally known for the flip flops we all own, and love. PataPata is now on a mission: To spread the feel-good African spirit all around the world with high quality rubber and bright, joyful designs.

In comes the ASHANTI!

These new fashion PataPata, are here to celebrate Africa, with a colourful, African bead-stone, and the good feeling that defines us, with colourful, soft and comfy straps and sole (that’s the body of a flip flop).

Add instant joy to your feet with comfort and happiness.


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Now available at a store near you at the perfect price of Sh. 399.

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The long awaited Bata Loyalty Club is here!

Bata has been part of most Kenyan families since 1939,and the steps we have made are entirely attributed to you-our customer. We value you! And so, Bata Club is here to show our appreciation.

We want it to be fun, so:

  • We don’t want you to fill your wallet with cards- your phone is your card and your phone number is your member number.
  • Registration is absolutely free, by dialing *384*2#
  • You get 50 bonus points on registration.
  • You earn 3 points for every Sh. 100 spent.
  • You earn points every time you shop at Bata.
  • You can redeem your points for shoes or other items at your convenience once you hit the minimum points.
  • You get deals specially made for you.
  • You get VIP access to invite-only Club events by Bata.
  • A web portal and phone apps are currently under development-you can check out your points and special deals any time.

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How to maintain different types of shoes

We know that you love your shoes and want them to live as long as you do but good things have to be given some TLC. Here are ways to love your foot wear so that they can love you right back.

Leather shoes


Have you ever seen a police officer polish their shoes? If you have not, then here are a few tips.

First and foremost, if the shoes are laced, remove the laces. Wipe the dust with a soft cloth or you can use a brush over the entire shoe surface to remove any loose dirt. For the soles, you might need to do a little more as they are prone to being dirtier yet they are the life of your shoes.

Wipe the sole with a clean dry cloth to remove any loose dirt. Mix a teaspoon of abrasive powder with two teaspoons of water to form a paste. Using a small cleaning brush work the paste into the crevices, ridges and sides of the shoe until the sole is clean. Rinse the soles thoroughly with clean water before drying them with a clean towel or paper towels.

Leave the shoes to air for about 15-20 minutes before polishing them. If you use a brush and shoe polish leave the shoes for a while again to allow the leather to absorb before polishing them again with a clean bush to give them a smooth shiny finish.

The police fasten the process by subjecting the shoes to heat under a candle or lit kerosene.

See: Shoe Care Tips for Leather



They look good and very appealing if taken care of correctly but most people avoid suede shoes because they assume cleaning is a hustle.  Let us see if you will think otherwise after this. If the shoes have general dirtiness or muddiness, allow the shoes to dry.

Use a dry cloth or a suede brush over the entire shoe surface. This will both raise the nap and remove the dirt. Now go over any bad spots with a suede eraser or just the normal eraser which will transfer the spots to the eraser.

If you are to remove water marks, wet the entire shoe with a damp cloth, wipe any excess water off with a sponge. Now you can leave the shoe to dry slowly in an area without direct sunlight or direct heat.

Once dry, brush them with a suede brush to restore the nap. Apply suede protector for protection.

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



We all have canvas shoes and most go wrong when it comes to cleaning and drying them. Some of the most common mistakes include; scrubbing with hard brushes and drying under the sun and direct heat. Here is a new way to clean while preserving your canvas shoes.

First, remove the laces from the shoes and soak them in warm water with mild dish soap. Pick a soft-bristled brush and brush every surface of the shoes to remove dust. Rinse the shoes inside and outside in a sink with warm water. Make a paste of backing soda and water and mix in some mild detergent. Using a soft old toothbrush, use the solution to gently scrub at the canvas.

Once clean rinse well in the sink with cool water. Stuff the shoes with white kitchen tissue or blank newsprint and set them to dry away from direct sunlight or source of heat. Clean the laces gently, rinse them and hang them to dry.

See:How To Keep Your Canvas Shoes From Fading

How to Make your Legs Look Longer

ladies category bannerTruth: Girls love long legs.

If you’re blessed with them, flaunt them. If not, yes – you can still flaunt them! How to make those legs of yours look long? Well, it’s all about the shoes and the clothing. You just need to find what style tricks work best for your body or which patterns create the illusion of elongated legs.

1. Buy shoes with heels of any height, preferably pointy. Heels give you extra height, creating the illusion of an elongated leg. Opt for skinny heels over chunky heels to avoid adding bulk to your foot and lower leg.

2. Match your shoes with your pants or stockings. For example, try wearing a panty hose with black heels. This one-colour look creates a clean line, as the eye travels from the top of your leg straight down to the floor without stopping.

3. Go nude-or dark. Not in the socialite way. :) Get nude coloured shoes. These are shoes that closely blends with the tone of your skin. Or cover your legs with dark colours. Black and other muted shades have a slimming effect, and wearing them on your legs will make your legs look more slender, leaner and longer.

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4. Look for open-toed or peep-toe shoes. Sandals and open-toed shoes expose more skin on the top of your foot. The more skin you show, the more leg an onlooker’s eye will see. And don’t forget to paint your toe-nails!!

5. Look for ballet flats with a pointed toe. Again, a pointed toe makes your foot look longer, which, in turn, may also help your overall leg look longer.

6. Know the Right Pair of Shoes for You. Whatever shoes you like, better know what clothes to pair it with. For example, jeans are best paired with ankle boots while long skirts look cute with calf length boots. If you have slim calves, try knee-high boots. Basically, the most effective way to elongate your legs is to show skin. That means it is advisable to wear peep toed shoes or flip flop sandals.

Now that we have the feet covered, the infographic below, courtesy of BomPetite, gives you more tips for your outfit:


Smart Tips for Wearing Flip Flops


1. Purchase flip-flops made of high-quality soft material. This minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation. Pata Pata is the best bet, made of especially soft EVA.

IMAG25222. You probably have bought slippers and realize later, that, they are small, but since they are flip flops, you through an arm and say “Ni slippers, haina was”. No! Ensure your foot doesn’t hang off of the edge of the flip-flop. A good fit is vital to healthy feet. Likewise, don’t just slip into an oversized pair with edges that can catch on uneven surfaces and cause you to trip.

3. Perform this test: Gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half. Do not choose flip flops, or any  shoes, that are too flimsy. This minimal flexibility indicates the proper balance, arch support, and alignment for healthy feet.

4.You can do your mtaa rounds, but don’t wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.

5. As much as it is tempting-we always find ourselves in the shamba with flip flops-never do outdoor chores while wearing flip-flops. Always wear shoes that fully protect your feet when doing outside activities.

Crespo in flip flops.  Source: Londonist

Crespo in flip flops.
Source: Londonist

6. Don’t play sports in flip-flops. This can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.Buy Power instead. :)

Have you checked out the new Pata Pata? Head over to the official PataPata by Bata page for a glimpse. Hint: Goodies all the time!


#MyBataStory: It’s Purple and Royal

Keziah Kabutu matched her purple Premium Safari Boots with purple and black, and this was the magnificent result!

In her words:

“Everyday is a work Safari.Today, I honor the work man ship that went into the making this Purple Safari Boot.It kept my feet warm as I went about my days work. #mysafaristory, @BataKenya

What’s your story? Send it in via Facebook, Twitter, or the Comment box below and we will gratefully share!

Shoe Care 101: Make them last!


It’s happened to all of us. You buy that perfect pair of shoes and you’re so excited and pleased with them that you wear them all of the time! Inevitably they get worn out though, and you’re left mourning the end of a beautiful relationship. The truth is, shoes aren’t meant to last forever…but you can make them last longer with these helpful shoe care tips from Famous Footwear..

  • Rotate the shoes you wear throughout the week. Wearing one pair continuously can stretch and wear them out faster.
  • Clean your shoes after each use with a warm cloth to remove and dirt and oil.
  • Treat materials like suede, nubuck and leather with stain and water protectors.
  • Make friends with your local cobbler –  shoes are their livelihood!
  • Stuff rolled up newspaper, towels or other handy materials inside of your shoes to maintain their shape when not in use.
  • Switch out old shoe laces with new ones to breathe new life into your athletic shoes.
  • Use water and vinegar to clean everyday mishaps like stains, gum, and dirt.
  • Replace the inner soles of your shoes after a while to re-enhance them and reduce odour.
  • Use a suede eraser and brush to remove stains and restore the natural texture or suede shoes.
  • Store shoes in a cool, dry and open place to allow them to breathe and prevent problem-causing moisture.
  • Polish and condition leather regularly using a soft cloth.
  • Replace the rubber tips of your high heels before they fall off to prevent further damage to the heel.
  • When traveling, protect your shoes in your luggage by placing them in cotton shoe bags.

Remember to think about all of those glorious shoes in your closet as an investment. A little bit of care today will lead to a long-lasting relationship with the shoes you love. And isn’t that what we all want? Keep your shoes looking and feeling good, and you will too!

What’s new this week?

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Winners of the TJ Bata Legacy Award Announced


Bata Shoe Foundation announced the winners of the inaugural T.J. Bata Legacy Award at a colourful, packed reception at at the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi on 28th May 2015. The Award, established to commemorate the values of Thomas J. Bata, celebrates and supports young East African entrepreneurs who are committed to the concept of responsible business, as Thomas J. Bata was throughout his career. The event was attended by representatives from various professional organizations, the judging panelists, Bata Kenya management and members of the media.

The winner, STAWI Foods and Fruits, received a $15,000 Award from the Foundation.  STAWI is a Kenyan company that combats agricultural waste from foods such as bananas, by processing perishable fruits, grains, and cereals into gluten free flour.

The Foundation also recognized two runners up, who each received $5,000.  Runner-up GreenChar, also from Kenya, produces briquettes made from recycled sugar cane husks that are nearly smokeless, more energy dense and longer lasting than wood and coal. Runner-up KARIBU Solar from Tanzania provides a solar-energy business in a box that provides a safer, cheaper, healthier alternative to kerosene.

The program included a welcome address by Alberto Errico, Managing Director of Bata Kenya, who talked about the legacy that Thomas J. Bata left for those who would continue to run the Bata Shoe Organization after him.  He said the award was part of a bigger process to change the world through youth-ran enterprise.  He gave the example of Limuru Town which developed around the Bata Limuru factory saying it was a testament that businesses can change communities.

One of the judges from the finalist round of the competition, Mutuma Marangu, who is a Director of Green Resources AS, spoke directly to the entrepreneurs.  He shared his view on the importance of responsible business, and outlined key advice on succeeding as a responsible entrepreneur.  Mr. Marangu urged the youth to serve their communities even as they strived to make profit.

The keynote speaker was Prof.  Judith Bahemuka, Chancellor of the University of Etihad, former High Commissioner to Canada, former Ambassador to Cuba, and UNESCO Chair at the University of Nairobi.  She spoke as a friend of the Bata family, and as someone who knew and experienced the spirit of service that Thomas J. Bata embodied throughout his life.

“Entrepreneurship is about giving without expecting to receive back. TJ Bata reached out to other entrepreneurs who became discouraged by circumstances and helped them. Will you?” She posed.

The Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award welcomed young entrepreneurs from throughout East Africa to submit their business ideas to the competition starting in November 2014.  From over 100 eligible submissions, five finalists were chosen by a jury of local business experts.  Each finalist was matched with a mentor and asked to develop a proposal for the Bata Shoe Foundation outlining how the Bata Legacy Award would help them to grow their business and increase their impact on their community.  A panel of international judges reviewed these proposals and selected a winner and two runners up.


Click here to read more about the 5 Bata Legacy Award finalists


Walking for a Good Cause

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”- Kofi Annan

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Education is progress. One of the pillars of Bata Children’s Program is Education, and whenever we have the chance, we visit schools, chipping in with footwear, heath care, food, mentorship and fees among others for the children.

Last Saturday, 16th May 2015, BCP volunteers, all Bata staff and family, descended on Limuru Girls’ High School for a Charity Walk. The Theme? “Light a Candle of Hope” and the aim was to raise school fees for the School Bursary Fund for the less fortunate.

Was it a worthy cause? Was it fun? Look at the mood:

Join us next time?!

How to Find Proper Fitting Shoes for Your Child

bbg BannerWhile purchasing clothing for children is mainly a cosmetic pursuit, the shoes you choose for children can affect their overall health. Shoes affect their balance and alignment, and improperly fitted shoes can lead to lifelong health problems.

Once your child starts getting around on her own two feet, the absolute best shoes for her are no shoes at all: When she’s barefoot, her tiny toes can grip the floor, giving her stability and toe muscles.But since her feet will need to be protected when she’s outside, and they are growing anyway, here are some key things to know about buying toddler shoes.

Helpful-Kids-Shoe-Shopping-Tips_540The best shoes for toddlers are all about fit, form, and function, not fashion.

  • Children’s Feet Change With Age. Shoe and sock sizes may change every few months as a child’s feet grow.
  • Shoes That Don’t Fit Properly Can Aggravate the Feet. Always measure a child’s feet before buying shoes, and watch for signs of irritation.
  • Never Hand Down Footwear. Just because a shoe size fits one child comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
  • Examine the Heels. Children may wear through the heels of shoes quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.
  • Take Your Child Shoe Shopping. Every shoe fits differently. Letting a kid have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot habits down the road.
  • Always Buy for the Larger Foot. Feet are seldom precisely the same size.
  • Buy Shoes That Do Not Need a “Break-In” Period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately. Also make sure to have your kid try on shoes with socks or tights, if that’s how they’ll be worn.

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