Feet are probably the most neglected part of your body that demand the most (or a lot more) attention. Generally speaking, awareness is lacking when it comes to the correct love and care practices for the feet and one ends up falling for useless myths. If you are one of those then put your worthless worries to rest. We are here to burst some popular feet and footwear myths.
- Sunscreen on Feet?
Do you know that the skin on your feet is prone to many forms of skin cancer? It might sound absurd but your feet need sunscreen too. If you are out in sun, at least apply sunscreen every two to three hours without fail. Dermatologists say come hail, snow or sunshine, wear sunscreen!
- Feet issues- Nowhere to go!
Corns, verrucas, athletes foot, calluses, smelly feet and gout.. heard these terms before? These are some very common foot problems. You might even have it but you don’t know it. However, there is someone at your rescue, a podiatrist or ‘foot doctor’. Yes, they do exist! A Podiatrist diagnoses disorders related to foot, ankle and lower extremity. So next time, when you feel skin hardening on your sole or needle-pricking pain or sudden swelling around the toe, consult a podiatrist near you.
- Bunions- say what now?!
Many are unaware about bunions- a frequently found problem. Bunion is a bony hump that develops on the joint at the base of big toe. Footwear may or may not be the reason for bunion development. Inheritance of faulty foot structure, feet related injuries or deformity at birth are a few factors responsible for bunions. Ill fitting shoes might worsen your situation, so choose flat, low-heeled footwear that are wide and soft. You can even try your hands on bunion pads, orthotics and bunion correctors as well.
- Walk barefoot, it’s good for your feet
If you are at a farm at the break of dawn, the grass with morning dew beckons for a stroll without shoes. But try that at swimming pool changing area and say hello to fungal or viral infections! To make that pedicure last longer, don’t part away from flip flops or sliders when at home.
- Toenails- leave no tails
Many of us clip the toe-nails short and straight. The best practice is to trim toenails along the natural line and bid farewell to ingrown nails. In order to soften toenails, you can use toenail softening cream, soak feet in foot spa machine, apply tea tree oil or white vinegar.
Hopefully, now you won’t fall in the trap for such myths. Let us know if you are aware of more myths. Let’s burst some more bubbles together!
After the scorching summer days, we are certain you must be enjoying the early and pleasant arrival of the monsoons. There is something special about the rains. Sipping a nicely brewed coffee, reading a good book, or enjoying the mangoes with the pitter patter in the backdrop is a indeed a perfect setting.
However, it brings with it mess, humidity (read bad hair days!). Not to forget the damage caused to your feet. After all, a mere glance at feet is enough to judge a person. And, one wants it to be the best. Besides, getting wet in the rain may cause some serious fungal or bacterial infection. Did we just get you worried? Relax! We do understand that avoiding getting wet in the rain is not always probable. To put your worries to rest, we are going to give you a quick 2 minutes handy guide to take care of your delicate feet this season.
- Keep Feet Clean And Dry
You need to assure that you dry your feet as soon as you get home drenched. Just dip your feet in lukewarm water for 10 minutes and add Dettol in it. Once done, pat your feet dry with a towel. You can apply some talcum powder to dry too. Moreover, keep your toe-nails short. Many times, dust gets accumulated in the nails leading to bacterial infection. Trust us, these healthy habits go a long way!
- Scrub and Moisturize
Now, let’s move on to something more fundamental and well-known. After cleaning your feet, you can use a scrubber to remove the old dead cells. You can then apply moisturizer to the cracked areas which help in forming new cells. Scrub and moisturize, seems simple?
- Footwear Time!
Do we need to tell you the importance of wearing the right footwear? *winks*
Try not to wear closed footwear at all. It’s the best to step out in flip-flops or open toe flats. Well, that’s not the end. After coming back, do wash the rain-soaked footwear in antibacterial water. Ah! We understand that you are tired but come on, your feet are special just like you!
- Foot Mask
Yes, you heard it right. Just like your face, your feet need a mask too. And yeah, we will ensure that it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. The key ingredients are right there in your kitchen- Lavender Oil, Multani Mitti, Neem, Turmeric. Make a paste and apply it to your feet keeping for at least half an hour. Pat dry with a towel and massage with olive oil. The end product is beautiful soft feet.
Sounds easy breezy? Indeed, it is. As long as you take care of your feet properly, you are free to enjoy this romantic season of happiness. Do follow these tips and let us know if they helped you in any way.
Don’t we often find ourselves drooling over a beautiful pair of heels but our feet secretly cringe with the fear of pain, sweat, corns and worst of all injury from a fall? Yikes!
Sweat not, we have some amazing heels hacks which are going to make your experience an amazing one
1. TAPE YOUR FINGERS
If you have broad feet and pumps or peep-toes cause you pain, just tape your third and fourth finger together using a nude medical tape and you are bound to see the difference. (Technical trivia- taping them together reduces the strain on the nerve that is between those two fingers)
2. MAKE YOUR FEET SWEAT-PROOF
Feet sweating causes bad odor and ankle straps start slipping- double whammy! For maintaining the odor the simplest hack is your very own sanitizer, just put it on the soles of your feet and feel fresh as mist all day long!
3. TEA-BAGS: THE SAVIOUR
Who would have thought that used tea bags could also come handy? Just dry your used tea bags and put it in your heels overnight to kill the odor. You and your friend’s nose can thank us later!
4. STRETCH YOUR HEELS
Have wide feet and have to literally stuff them into those beloved heels? Did you know that your blow dryer is truly versatile? Just wear thick woolen socks in your tight pumps. Aim your blow dryer at your problem areas. Flex while you stretch and see the miracle!
5. FREEZE YOUR HEELS
Heels in your freezer may not float everyone’s boat but desperate times call for desperate measures?! Just fill two bags halfway with lukewarm water and seal it well. Put in your heels and freeze overnight. Remove them gently from your shoes next morning and keep it at room temperature for just an hour. Job done!
Last but the not the least, buy a comfortable pair that gives you ample cushion, has a durable anti-skid sole and most importantly fits you well. If the toes are curling, heel is hurting, pinkie finger is getting squished, heels are wobbly- ditch it. Stay comfy, stay chic -try a pair of Kanabis wedges and enjoy the new high over heels!
As my internship draws to a close and I reflect back on all I have learned, I realize what an excellent experience this has been. I gathered much knowledge in the classroom, but a hands-on approach has been invaluable.
I interned with Kanabis from Jan-April and the experience has been incredible. From e-commerce to marketing to customer service I’ve learnt it all. I got to learn a lot about the footwear industry and how a start-up works. Eventually I wish to start my own business and I am sure that this experience would definitely help me in the future.
The people at Kanabis were wonderful. My Boss/Mentor is one of the sweetest people I know. I admire her love and enthusiasm towards her work. The other employees were also very kind and helpful. Even though I was just an intern, my opinions on a particular matter were considered which made me feel more involved.
The whole experience at Kanabis has been delightful, not to forget the free pair of Kanabis is cherry on the cake!
Thank you Team K for the amazing experience and I wish you all the very best for the new collection and many more to come in future!
Our customers often ask us if Kanabis shoes can be cleaned and how to go about it. Our first advise, in ‘shoe-doctor’ syntax is that just like everything else shoes need maintenance.
If you are a goody good shoe-carer and it annoys you to see stains or dirt on your shoes, then here are some simple hacks to help clean your shoes and give them a new life!
Clean the canvas uppers
All you need:
Steps to clean:
1) Mix detergent in a bucket of water
2) Take the brush and dip it in the detergent water
3) Scrub on the dirty canvas with the brush
4) Wash it with warm clean water
5) Leave it to dry in the sun
Clean the Jute wedges/heels
All you need:
1) Upholstery cleaner
2) Baby toothbrush
Steps to clean:
1) Select an upholstery cleaner and check its label for any precaution or fabric avoiders (non rinsing cleaners are recommended)
2) Dip the toothbrush in the upholstery cleaner
3) Use the tooth brush to scrub off the stains on the material of the shoe
4) Repeat until the shoe is stain free
5) Allow the shoes to air dry under the sun
Last but not the least,
Clean the sole ( & soul too!)
All you need:
1) Sneaker cleaner/Shoe shampoo (easily available online)
2) Cleaning cloth
Steps to Clean:
1) Spray the shampoo on the sole
2) Wipe it off with a cleaning cloth till clean and dry
3) Job done
You’ve got your shoes a new life and a new sole for a new you! Enjoy wearing them and stay tuned with Kanabis!
As a child I remember I would walk out in the newly bought pair from the store and get my old pair packed. You did that too, (or still do) right? Did I really care about the shoe box? Meh…It took starting and running a shoe business to learn some of life’s precious lessons!
1. Beauties need to be boxed- Always Always Always keep the shoes back in boxes. They are happy when they are home ☺
2. Shoe stuffings & holder sticks, the best friends- keep those to retain the shape of the upper.
3. Dust it off – at the end of the day wipe all the dry dirt off from your shoes. Just dusting it off avoids the dust to settle and find a permanent home.
4. Time for some TLC- when you are travelling, if boxes are too big, carry shoes in shoe bags- lay them in opposite direction to avoid the disappointment of seeing a bump or a break.
After a point, they might need a wash or a clean, check out our next blog post to get the low-down on that. Stay tuned!
The life of a shoe doesn’t start from the day it is purchased from the store. It starts with an idea that surfaced a long time ago. An idea that could take the stores by storm, an idea that could benefit both consumers and the animal kingdom, an idea that could make an impact.
Forecasting the trend of the upcoming season is the most crucial step. What style, colour, pattern, shape will it be? These decisions shape the future of the product and the brand. This is when the team finalises the look of the product and sends it for sampling. Sampling brings your imagination to life and just like real life it ain’t easy! It requires lots of running around, sourcing material, chasing vendors, feedbacks until we are satisfied with the prototype.
Then the next set of decision variables- forecasting the demand, size requirements and so on…Finally the bulk production starts! This takes time. During this period we work on the marketing strategies- social media promotion, collaborations, events, sales, cataloging etc. Once the finished products reach our warehouse, we are busy with sales and distribution. Challenges come through every single day but that is part of the package! For anything to grow, one will always face difficulties and that’s exactly what is making Kanabis stronger each day.
And within no time the cycle starts again, from an idea…
There is a season for every shoe and a shoe for every season
Just find the right pair and you will become the reason,
For why trends are set and heads turn every where you go
Just put your right foot forward, with the right shoe and there you go!
The sun is out. Cool summer shades, pastel dresses, shorts and boyfriend jeans are being spotted in every nook and corner. Experimenting with shoes and going beyond sandals or flip flops for the summer can give you an edge. A bold, dazzling shade or white lacy brogues or maybe pink strappy wedges?
While a little rain is quite romantic, a heavy shower can literally halt lives. To not add onto the problems, the right footwear is simply necessary. Not only will it make a statement but will also leave you at the better side of the season. While rain boots are a good choice rains can also have you try hem shoes which work just as good and add to your style.
While some parts experience a numbing cold winter and snowfall others only feel a cool breeze. But none the less this season calls for a new look; something warm, something stylish. While half the world buys leather without realising the damage that comes with the package, we are proposing an alternative. Woven, woolen boots that will not only spice up your outfit but will also get a thumbs up from mother nature.
Spring requires a spring in your stride as well. What really stands out is a bright colour or a splash of a bold hue. The trend isn’t patterns that dominate the streets but the pockets of sunshine and colour that you bring. It is time you dominated the rich burgundy or the pristine whites of lilies and lilacs and colour the world in your own vivid hues.
Content credits: Baatein
Once Upon a Night
Once upon a night, a clumsy old shoe, trying to review time got a cauldron to brew. But the naughty spell book pushed her inside, and when she woke up, 6000 BC was the time. “Who must you be, so different and unique? If only I could meet more shoes such as you”, said the primitive straw shoe, which had rescued her.
And so they embarked on a journey beyond lands and time to trace their evolution.
Far ahead in future was the next stop, in 1000 BC, where both of them did drop. Shoes here were different, taller and tangled. It wasn’t wilderness anymore but Greece when it was geographically angled.
“Where are we going next?” the magician’s companion asked. “To the land called the golden bird”, she replied. It was the Indian nation where they had reached and 200 BC was the era. “Oh wow! Look how everyone here resembles the bark of trees” they exclaimed. It was the wooden ‘Padukas’ that had left those two in a daze.
Now it was 50 years before Christ would come and ancient Rome was flourishing. It was the time when skin and hide were the ones trending.
“Where are we now?” the straw slipper asked. “We are in my time my child.,” said the other. It is the century where change has come and things are being set right. Our lord, the master shoemaker, realized how wrong it is, to kill innocent beings for our cause and so it is the era of KANABIS. Made from canvas, jute, lace and others we all are vegan shoes as you may say and now my child it is time for you to sleep and wake up in your time today.
The little straw shoe now in his own century had his wish come true, he travelled through time and met others of his kind, but as his favorite, and only Kanabis he would choose.
Credits: Team at Baatein
Writer: Aakanksha Peshawaria
Editor: Chhaya Dabas
Mulan wasn’t a princess; she was a figure of inspiration and a woman who carved for herself her own destiny. The yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz is a dangerous path followed only by the brave. Drawing from these two stories these ‘Yellow Brick‘ Beauties are for the women who are not scared to stand for themselves and hold up for their own. Be it an office where she is armed in her creaseless shirt and bold trousers or a party where she revives hearts by making them race with the flit of her plaid skirt.
She is perfect. It doesn’t matter what the outfit, what the look and what the day Snow White is always intoxicating with her natural beauty, simplicity and humility. This is why our real world Snow Whites rule the roost in any and every outfit complemented by these ‘Airy Fairies‘.Be it a floral summer dress, a pair of relaxed shorts or even boyfriend jeans with a loose hair bun. No matter what look you throw at this kind heated beauty she carries it with the least effort and care.
Beautiful, elegant, kind and tough, she is a woman with an aura so strong that she no longer requires a fairy God Mother. ‘Mule Magic‘ is a perfect fit for our reincarnated Cinderellas who instead of being damsels in distress would rather handle highs and lows of life and sail through them in style.
Writers: Aakanksha Peshawaria and Chhaya Dabas
Story Credits: Baatein
Editors: Chhaya Dabas and Shreya Tyagi