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?

Your Marie Claires are like your best friend; they understand you, they’re happy to accompany you wherever you may go, and they’ll help you look your best all day and night.

And there is a new collection, now available Online with Free Home Delivery and at a store near you!


  • Get them at a Bata store near you.
  • Buy directly from our website  - Go to , click on what you want and add to cart..with Free Home/Office Delivery.
  • Order by e-mail – E-mail us on bata.homedelivery at with your order.
  • Order by phone - Call 0726668941 / 020–2592948.
  • Order via social media – Contact us with your order through any of our social media channels especially ( Twitter , Facebook or this blog) and we will be happy to process it.

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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World Earth Day: Leaving a Lighter Footprint

It is World Earth Day, and as every Bata shoe moves from an idea, to sourcing materials, manufacture, distribution, sale, use and re-use or recycling we think, act and operate in sustainable, socially and environmentally responsible ways.

One of the strongest pillars that Bata is built on is “Leaving a Lighter Footprint on Earth”. We wish to leave the environment better than we met it…through our shoes, the materials and industrial processes that we use, our constructions-all our operations have the environment at heart.

Check out the Bata Life website for insight on Bata’s Sustainability initiatives.

Bata Kenya is at the forefront of ensuring this, through, among other projects; this:

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How to Take Care of your Leather Shoes this Rainy Season

It is raining in Limuru! Raining hard in the last two weeks. Bet it is also raining where you are. The streets, the grass, the pavements are wet, and our shoes are undergoing a war of sorts-keeping your feet comfortable and warm, while withstanding the elements being thrown at them.

But, are you returning the favour? Are we taking care of our shoes as they do, our feet? Or, at the end of the season, will we see leather shoes like this:


Leather footwear can manage tens of thousands of flexes. A persistently wet and dried shoe will only last a fraction of these uses.

Leather is nothing but animal skin which is made up of fat and proteins can only retain a set amount of moisture after being cured and tanned. The fibers that criss-cross each other in the hide, give leather its unique strength, but are also very susceptible to drying out and cracking if not treated with care.

Water can and will destroy the suppleness of your shoe’s leather. Water warps the shape of the shoe in an undesirable way. And water cracks your shoes.

Here are some tips on keeping your leather in tip-top condition in this weather:

  • Never wear your new shoes in the rain until they have been worn about 3 or 4 times. They need to be broken in slowly, rather than taken straight into the war front :)
  • If your shoes do get wet, put newspaper. Let them dry at room temperature for at least 48 hours before you wear them again. Wick off the water right away or use a dry rag or towel if available to wipe off the water. Pull the moisture from the inside of the shoe. This can be done with newspaper or a small dry towel. The key is to draw the moisture out, so every hour or so replace the moist paper with dry paper. Depending on the extent of the soaking, this could take from two hours to two days.Wet sole leather will wear out twice as quickly as dry sole leather.
  • If you are walking through wet surfaces, it is really important you treat your leather with care immediately you reach your destination. A simple, brisk wipe off will suffice.
  • If you live in salty areas like Mombasa, have you noticed your leather shoes get a whitish stain? That’s salt, and it is hard to remove. Wiping your shoes off immediately you get inside will prevent this.
  • Despite what you might think, leaving your shoes next to a heat source only makes the problem worse. Let them dry slowly at room temperature. If you heat them you will cause the moisture to leave too quickly and greatly increase the chance of the leather cracking. Cracked leather cannot be repaired.
  • Wipe down your leather shoes after walking through the slush!
  • Polish your shoes regularly. Polish them with plenty of polish and allow them to sit with the polish on as long as possible. Ideally let the polish stay on overnight. Make sure you get plenty of polish into the welt and the crack between the upper and the sole.
  • Conditioning and polishing the leather will help keep your shoes in tip-top shape and ready for whatever you throw at it. Think of it like moisturizing your skin after showering. If you don’t moisturize, you dry out, skin gets rough and cracked, etc. Your leather shoes work the same way.

Rainy Weather bonus

Wear good shoes – Be sure your shoes/boots are not only suitable for what you are doing, but also for the conditions you will or could encounter. Choose styles which are warm, breathable, and are waterproof.

Layer appropriately – Don’t assume that wearing extra socks will keep your feet warmer. Layering socks can be too much of a good thing, especially if you tend to have sweaty feet. Over layering your socks can cause your feet to overheat and sweat, which means you now have a wet sock, which can actually end up making your feet colder..and smellier.

Look good!- Rain doesn’t give you a license to look all grumpy and sore. You can dress for the rainy weather and look magnificent at it! Check out this article by blogger stylifiq on how to look hip in boots.

Wear boots-They cover the ankles well. :)

Pic/content courtesy: Real Men Style

Bata School Fees Bonanza Grand Final Winners

winnersDid you participate in the Bata School Fees Bonanza?

Check if you are one of the winners of Sh. 100,000, Sh. 10,000, Sh. 5,000, Sh. 3,000, Sh, 2,000 and Sh. 1,000, here~> BATA SCHOOL FEES BONANZA FINAL WINNERS

The list is also available in today’s (First April 2014) The Standard Page 11.

Winners will be notified as soon as their prizes reach their regional collection point via a SMS from BATA KENYA.

Meet the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award Top 5 Finalists!

We are proud to announce the top 5 finalists, chosen from over 100 young entrepreneurs pursuing responsible businesses in East Africa.  Selected for their ability to address a community’s social need through a viable, sustainable business combined with commemorating the Thomas J. Bata family values, the finalists are competing to win an award of $15,000 US.  Two runners up will each receive $5,000.

During the next phase of the competition finalists will be paired with mentors from East Africa with expertise in entrepreneurship who will help them prepare their final proposal to the Bata Shoe Foundation.  The mentors will stay with the entrepreneurs for the following year to support the development of their businesses.

The finalist proposals will be judged on the potential impact of the Award on their business and community by an international panel of business and entrepreneurship experts.

The five finalists are:

1. GreenChar: Alternative energy in cooking practices, Kenya

Team: Tom Osborn Chief Executive Officer, Yina Sun Head of Operations, Ian Oluoch Finance Director, Brian Kirotich Marketing & Tech

The developers of the Green Char provide agricultural waste cooking briquettes designed to be healthier, safer and cheaper for consumers. Green Char briquettes, made from recycled bagasse (sugar cane husks) are nearly smokeless, more energy dense and longer lasting than wood and coal. Green Char’s smokeless briquettes combat the health risks associated with coal ovens, while also reducing deforestation. Green Char hopes to expand into creating products, which repel mosquitoes and a next generation of safer, cleaner ovens.

2. KARIBU Solar Power: “Business in a box,” Tanzania

Team: Adam Camenzuli & Sameer Gulamani

The creators of Karibu have designed a solar powered business in a box. Their business strives to provide a safer, cheaper, and more socially responsible solar alternative to kerosene lighting. Engineered for grassroots success and local empowerment, the Karibu system consists of a 2W solar panel and two rechargeable “hockey puck” batteries designed to provide a night’s worth of lighting. Local Karibu distributors will rent hockey pucks to consumers, charging one hockey puck while the consumer uses the second. This distribution system strengthens local business, while providing safer and healthier lighting.

3. STAWI: Food and fruit processing company, Kenya

Team: Eric Muthomi Founder & CEO, Kent Libiso Chairman, Sangu Delle Director

Stawi Foods and Fruits Limited, founded by Eric Muthomi, provides high quality processed foods through sustainable and equitable farmer relations. Seeking to combat agricultural waste from foods such as bananas, which can spoil before making it to market, Stawi processes perishable fruits, grains, and cereals into gluten free flour. This flour, with a higher market demand and shelf life, increases food security, increases farmer income, and reduces waste. Small holder farmers, whose crops are most at risk for perishing, and rural consumers, most at risk for malnutrition, receive the sharpest benefits from Stawi foods.

4. The Designers Studio Limited: Fashion magazine and retailer, Kenya 

Individual: Wanjiku Nyoike-Mugo

The Designer Studio (TDS) produces a series of online magazines, fashion shows and media buys which present local fashion as a better alternative to international brands. This marketing drives consumers to TDS’s online store and future retail spaces stocked only with Kenyan designed and produced goods, which benefits the local Kenyan economy. This higher demand for local goods, driven in large part by an increasingly wealthy, fashion forward population, further strengthens the Kenyan fashion and clothing industry.

5. BIO-INNOVATIONS: Alternative energy, Uganda

Team: Stephen Birikano, Alex Tumukunde

Bio-Innovation Company LTD challenges Uganda’s terrible deforestation issue – 80% of natural forest area has been destroyed since 1960 – by creating a bio-renewable cooking and heating briquette derived from bio-waste. These briquettes, organic municipal solid waste amalgamations, are a lower cost, safer and environmental safer alternative to wood and coal fires. Targeting women and youth as employees, Bio-Innovation Company empowers local rural communities while freeing up consumers’ discretionary income by undercutting current heating and cooking costs.

True Love, Bata Style!

BCP volunteers cleaning at the hospital

Every year, the 14th of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts as a reflection of love. This year Valentines Day fell on a Saturday and Bata Children’s Program(BCP) Volunteers in Kenya had just the perfect idea on how to mark the day. The Volunteers , especially the very youthful and the young at heart , visited Tigoni District Hospital’s Pediatric Ward. Tigoni District Hospital is a public hospital not far from Bata Kenya Head Office in Limuru. The hospital caters for the local community.

The aim of the visit was to spend time with the children and to assist the hospital in a clean up exercise. The fifteen volunteers divided themselves into small working teams. Some fetched water using buckets for cleaning the pavements and floors, while others did the scrubbing of the pavements and washing of the walls.

The highlight of the day for the volunteers was spending time with the children and their mothers in the wards giving them words of encouragement, praying with them and giving assurance and hope. The team had carried with them presents and gifts which they also took time to distribute.

Mr. John Ndung’u, a clinician at the hospital, thanked BCP volunteers for the visit. He pointed out that the visit would play a big role in making the children feel loved and appreciated by the society. He urged the volunteers to keep up the inspiring work. His comments were echoed by Mama Njeri, a mother in the pediatric ward, who said she was happy that the volunteers had decided to spend their time with the children. They were surprised that people could spend a day like that at a hospital with total strangers.

The visit was not only beneficial to the Tigoni Hospital Community , but also very fulfilling to those who participated. “Spending my valentines day with the sick children was the best valueless gift of love that I could imagine giving to them. Being a new volunteer, this is very touching” , said Lavender Owako in reflection.

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