In defence of Bata Sandak shoes aka Plastic shoes

Sandak – Plastic Shoes

Had to come up with this post to protect the credibility of sandak shoes – plastic shoes that you have seen ladies wearing around, well, they look like Kenya Uniform and people are bad mouthing them, I agree but there are reasons.

First off to appreciate the company that came up with the brilliant idea : Bata Shoe Company which is a manufacturer and retailer of footwear : women’s shoes, men’s shoes, kids shoes

I know plastic sounds like a cheap product, but the outcome is awsome ๐Ÿ™‚ , i mean we are even saving the environment, by recycling this non-bio-degradable substance. This is the full utilizing of available resources. (and am not being sarcastic)

I shall not even deny, am one of the lady’s who proudly wears those shoes (although I do have my limits – Check disclaimer). My reasons being:

  • They are very comfortable
  • They are easy to clean i.e wash and wear
  • They are affordable i.e think I bought them at  ksh.395
  • Don’t have to think twice when wearing them, they have a neutral color.
  • They are all-weather, you can walk with them in the rain, without thinking twice or getting frustrated, you can walk with them on the beach without thinking they’ll get spoilt (i.e leave sole in sand), you can comfortably walk with them on normal ground.
  • They only blend very well with casual wear.
  • You don’t have to worry about them making noise as you walk (ko-ko-ko #VeryIrritating).
  • They are long-lasting unless you put them in fire.
  • No worries of leaving sole behind as you walk, or the heel getting flaked. –because they are flat ๐Ÿ™‚  and there’s no glue sticking sole to shoe.

PS: It’s not because I don’t own other many pairs of shoes (made of other material..lol), it’s because I love them. given the above reasons.

So what’s with people hating on them… they are shoes just like any other shoes, i mean. I can barely walk with heels, I own them but if I’m given a choice, I would go for plastics or other material flats any day. To wear my heels, I have to think, how much walking I will do, if the color blends with my clothes – with plastics it’s stress free.

I’m sure if the plastic shoes were from some known designer  like christian Louboutin, you would not hear the end of it, but because they are from Bata people hate.

I have seen more wierd shoes like gladiator shoes which I was calling alligator (thanks Ngina, she’s my reference to fashion from now on), I tend to think the plastic shoes are more simple and hotter, less complicated #mytake makes you look like your legs are being choked.

Gladiator Shoes

Anyhow, fashion is personal, different people look different with the same shoes, but as far as I’m concerned:

“If you think you look good in plastic shoes, rock them proudly. If you think you look bad in plastic shoes DON’T even try.”

PS: This applies to any other fashion besides plastic shoes.

But I hope those one’s REALLY  hating wear this top designs *Google Search* like – Christian Louboutin, Jeffrey Campbell, Brian Atwood, Sergio Rossi, Pour La Victoire, and Miu Miu. I mean plastic shoes are just from Bata (which is an international shoe company by the way.)

DISCLAIMER: I don’t support wearing suits with plastic shoes, neither do I support wearing a skirt with stockings then plastic shoes, that’s not allowed. just wear the heels on that day, or stick to casual ONLY!

Signing Off — *Kawi*

  • Wairimu

    Actually, these shoes, known to the world as jelly flats, are popular around the globe for tons of reasons (thank you for elaborating so many of them) and are even included in footwear lines by designers and manufacturers like Nordstrom (see: http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3082264?siteId=IFCTyuu33gI-5J4jDIBlXQUyorhZs7MDtw).
    I keep saying, I call them my “What’s the point” shoes cos as much as they’re as comfortable as having closed flats on, they don’t really appear to be actual shoes.
    Rock them, though. I wore mine to work today.

    • I wore mine to work today as well (I didn’t even think twice was in a hurry)…am on that site right about now. I was like this is too much hating. @Mediamadnessk triggered me into writing, the way guys hate…ai! but I love them regardless what anyone says.
      Jelly flats…hhmm (not a bad name)-maybe I should drop the sandak…lol

  • Fly

    Halleluyah!!! Kenya is a country of haters. Rock them sandak with pride!!!

    • Yeah for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  • NKT! NKT! NKT! NKT! NKT! WTF! I hate those shoes!! ugly looking piece of plastic! No one and I say NO ONE looks good in them!! I refuse profusely!! But for the reasons you’ve given I can understand why people wear them. Still UGLY!!!!

    • I care less on your thought right there. Thank God for freedom of choice. I choose to wear plastic shoes .. I think they are beautiful on my feet (and no don’t answer since you haven’t seen them)

      Shiiish you can be such a kichwa maembe, I think you are the kind that can make a chiqs esteem go from 10 to 0 but seeing as you’ve landed on the wrong ones *DAGGER EYES* .
      Thanks @WairimuG …xoxo

  • Wairimu

    You know what needs to go? “NKT”

  • haha…i saw a pal wearing them one day and seeing that us guys dont know so much on why girls wear what they do, i was not so interested. but now im more educated. they do look nice, if you have matching feet that is..

    go easy on dhino…haters are confused admirers..

    • hehe if I use that phrase “Haters are confused admires” then lemmi go easy on him…but he can’t just hate generally like that…ai! I think he’s got some vendatta with someone who used to wear them…lol #maybe

      At least you understand, they actually do look nice if you dress them well. That’s why I bought them in the first place.

  • …yeah, but on the same breath, kama miguu sii poa, theres an invention called closed shoes..like some of us dont wear shorts…PAST THE main DOOR..lol…

  • Question: Were there women gladiators?

  • Of plastic shoes,SANDAk BY BATA!
    I donโ€™t remember ever wearing sandaks. I used to hate them passionately. Ohhh yes, the male versions were uglier that the female ones. But they were very popular with low income earning families. I remember the plastic school shoes for both boys and girls that Iโ€™m not sure if they even lasted the whole term. They were so so ugly!
    But my mother used to have nice all-weather sandak sandals. I didnโ€™t care less really. Do you some pics of sandaks? Pse post them up here!

    • hehe I recall those. But the plastic shoes nowadays are pretty, depending on how and what you were them with. i’m going to load more pics now that you’ve requested ๐Ÿ™‚

  • you know i had a good pair my own when i was in Kenya!.. thanx dear for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚ i wonder whats on now!?

    • Funny enough I’ve now outgrown them after vouching for them this much *sigh* … lol

  • ranjith

    @koi kenya..

    where are you now….

  • Soorya

    i am from india … i love sandak shoes … for Rs.200/- i get a shoes that looks very similar to a Rs.1500-2000 original leather shoe and it is very long lasting and cost effective

  • aby

    i like sandak the modern design i went to bata for sandak in 1968 once e very week for two months at last they rewarded my persistence with one pair

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