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…

Source: DecoSimpic

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.
Shoe Care
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.

Have a story? We would love to hear and share it on this blog and other platforms! Talk to us through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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.

@Sh. 2999

@Sh. 2999

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!


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!

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!

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

Did it assist you? Please share with a friend!

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!

stretch out your shoes formula


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

Top 10 Tips Posts on

Top  shoe tipsDid you know that, on Tuesdays, we blog about tips? Our How-to category , which runs on Tuesdays features various tips on what shoes to wear with which outfits, what to wear for what occasions, how to take care of your shoes, and many more.

Based on our readers’ reads, these are the top 10 posts on Tips:

10. Getting your Correct Shoe Size

According to a research,at least 72% of people wear the wrong shoe size. Chances are that the shoes you wear are either slightly small or slightly larger than our feet. Lack of awareness of our correct size may be due to incorrect ways of getting measurements for our feet. This post tells you how to.

9. What You Can Tell From A Woman’s Shoes

Guys! Just as ladies can learn a lot about you from your shoes(see no.4), you can also tell a lot from the shoes a woman has on, tell a lot about her, from her outlook on life, to the way she feels about herself, from her occupation, to her evening destination.

8. What To Wear To The Office End Of Year Party

This was during a year-end…you can convert it to “what to wear to an office party. This is how to look glam, and respectable at the same time!

7. 8 Shoes Every Lady Must Own.

Ladies, you should have at least 8 pairs of shoes-the ones featured in this post. You will also know why you must own them.

6. How To Keep Your Canvas Shoes From Fading

One of the complaints we receive is that canvas shoes fade after washing. Every time we have said it is not about manufacturing, because it isn’t-but how we clean and treat our canvas/rubber shoes. Read this post, apply and your rubber shoes will last and last with the colour intact.

5. Sling Bags Are In! Here’s How To Wear Them

A sling bag is simply a bag with one strap , worn across your torso. Bet you own one! They are functional, and can be used as a fashion accessory. In this post, we gave you tips on how to, and how not to wear your sling bag.

4. What You Can Tell From A Man’s Shoes

Ladies! You can judge your man by the shoes he wears…there is a great deal you can know from a man’s shoes— before you ever go out on a date, share a plate of linguine or even meet Mom: questions such as who is he? How does he feel about himself? And what can you expect from him in the relationship?

3. What To Wear With Your Tomy Takkies

Everyone loved the Tomy Takkies! So, in this post, we explored four ways to wear these lovely canvas shoes.

2. Best Shoes to Wear With Your Maxi Dress or Skirt

Maxi skirts are graceful,feminine, comfortable and versatile. Here, we shared the best shoes to wear with your maxi dress/skirt…and as a bonus, gave you the shoes you should NEVER be caught wearing maxis with.

1. The Best Shoes To Wear With Leggings

Leggings do more than just provide cover under a super short skirt. They also provide tummy control — particularly on days when you just can’t resist an extra slice of pizza — and shape your legs fabulously.  Even better, they can add bursts of color to a darker outfit, providing instant brightness to your look……if worn with the shoes we suggested.


Would you like to know something about shoes-functionally or fashionally? Tweet us, Facebook us, or leave a comment below.

6 Shoe Care Tips for Guys

824-60181. Leather shoes- Polish, polish- often

You’ve invested money—and probably time—in your new shoes. Show them off, and make sure they look good. So as soon as you take them out of the box, polish them.

Read more: Shoe Care Tips for Leather.

2. Suede shoes- clean and brush

Shoe CareIf you’re investing in suede kicks, treat them with a protective suede cleaner or spray that resists water, salt and mud so they won’t be damaged-and to look good. The best option is the neutral suede cleaner available in all Bata stores, never mismatches the colour. You should also commit to a good suede eraser and brush for maintenance. First, use your eraser to target stains. Then, follow up with the brush to bring the nap of the suede back to its original state

Read more: How to clean your Safari Boots.

3. Canvas Shoes-Hand wash and cool-dry.

Use a wet cloth to wash your canvas uppers and a brush for the rubber lining, and then dry your canvas shoes in room temperature. No direct sunlight or they will fade out.

Read more: How to keep your canvas shoes from fading

4. Wet shoes- newspapers have more use than just reading.

If you get caught in the rain, save your shoes from permanent damage by drying them as soon as you get home. Stuff your shoes with newspaper to soak up the moisture and place them in a well ventilated area as you wait for them to dry. The heater will crack them.

5. That habit – Don’t use a sponge

Don’t use sponges on your shoes-you never know what’s in them. Sponges tend to suck everything and may permanently disfigure your shoes…instead use a cloth or a hand brush.

6. Classic-add a layer of rubber.

No other shoe company will tell you this, but before you wear them, ask a cobbler to place a thin rubber sole on your new dress shoes, if only on the heel. The rubber will protect the leather soles from damage, AND also give you extra traction. Plus, worn rubber soles are easily—and more affordably—replaced than leather. Your shoes will last, and last.

Common Ladies Shoes Defined..And How To Wear Them

Shoes, shoes, shoes – we’d like to have them ALL! But just a minute – what are the names of the different models? And what should you wear with them?

Recently, we defined common shoe types for men. Let’s look at some of the common ladies’ types:

561-5024-a-165Platform Shoes

A platform shoe can be a bit of everything – from boot to low shoe to sandal – but the sole has to be at least 3 cm high at the FRONT.
Look best with casual flares, capri trousers and skirts. Never to be worn with an elegant evening dress. They are versatile-for every occasion!




Typically flat with a low cut instep, Ballerinas are absolutely comfirtable hence best for those girl shopping sprees and where standing for long hours is involved.
They are best worn with Capri trousers and jeans. The catch is, Never ever wear with Miniskirts!

Read on:

Court Shoes

751-6042-a-300Typically closed back half shoe with a heel of at least 3 cm for cool, mostly formal appearances without fastening, strap, buckle or any other decoration!
These are the shoes to wear with elegant skirts and dresses, but also jazz up jeans, tight trousers, baggies and capris!
Never wear with: Long skirt.

They come in various forms:

  • Stilettos-They feature a stiletto heel and a pointed toe. They are the classic high-heeled shoe.
  • Peeptoes- For important dates! They have an open toe. Also called flamenco pumps.
  • Slingbacks – Court shoes that are fastened with a strap around the heel. For romantic evenings!


763-6020-a-300Basically, wedges are shoes with a wedge heel.
They are more comfortable than they look and look best with leggings, combined with short dress. Never to be worn with long trousers or skirts, as then the eye-catching heels can’t be seen!

Read on: What to wear with wedges


589-1015-a-300Your shoes for the sporty moments.
Sneakers look best with sporty clothes – jeans, long or short, casual skirts. Never wear with formal skirts or trousers. Please don’t wear them when you do sport. They’re fashion shoes! :)


671-6079-a-165Mules & Clogs

Mules are low backless shoes with a heel and clogs are mules with a wooden heel!
They look best with skirts, dresses and capris.
Never wear with socks!


Ankle Boots

For your cold days, boots with different heel shapes that extend up to the ankle.
They look best with drainpipes, and short skirts with trendy tights.
Never to be tucked in trouser legs!



Mary Janes

Mary Janes are shoes with a girlish strap(also called the Mary Jane strap) across them. They can be worn with not-so-long dresses and power suits.
Never with jeans, though!
Check out this illustration from

TRIPLE PLAY: 3 Ways You Can Save Money At Bata This Month!

This month, we are going all out-deals every corner you turn!

You have stuck with us all year so far, and it is now our turn to play the ball back- with a hat trick of deals in which you can save money and get all shoes you can carry home!

Here we go:


Buy school shoes and accessories and get a FREE Yoyo!



This is Massive! Visit a BATA store near you and see the great shoes and accessories on offer! You get 40% Discount on some, and HALF PRICE on others!




May is the month we set aside a day to appreciate our mums – which we do every day anyway. So, this month, we are giving you Sh. 500 in shoe value to get your mum a pair of shoes AND a handbag!

“All you have to do is buy a ladies shoe worth Sh. 1599 and above and any handbag, and you will get your Sh. 500 OFF!”

Bata Web Banner Mother's DayHere is to a HAPPY HAPPY MAY!

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:

Source: Xtina Scan(Pinterest)

Source: Xtina Scan(Pinterest)


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

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….

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