I walk, I trip, I laugh, I rise, I walk.
I am comfortable in my own shoes.
I am not scared to fall, I am more excited to run and leap,
I am larger than life.
I am not what I was taught to be,
I am ‘me’ and I own it with grace and pride.
And this is exactly who I want to be.
My wings will grow again,
My flight will soar again,
I shall swim up again.
It isn’t about you and I,
It is about me finding the ‘I’.
I am not going to fit into shoes too tight or too loose,
For, I am comfortable in my own two shoes.
Content credit: 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
Pretty in Pink
She is young, she is confident and she is ready to unravel the mysteries of the world. She is Alice and she is in today’s wonderland. ‘Pretty in Pink’ is perfect for any young girl striving to challenge the world with her youth and beautiful determination. Every girl today is bound to fall in love with these shoes for they not only match her personality but will be compatible with her altering tastes and styles as well. Wear them with collared dresses or classy crop tops, the beauty of these shoes is that they effortlessly blend with every change that today’s Alice goes through.
She isn’t the classic case but a beautifully tangled mess. She is a vibrant color. She is the girl engulfed in so much mystery that you need to climb towers to reach her heart. She is our modern Rapunzel and like these shoes she is a lot more than what meets the eye. Be it block colored dresses with bold accessories or your casual boyfriend jeans with a tank top, these Roman Mystery wedges are as adaptable as you need them to be.
Today’s Pocahontas is still as wild and brave as she was in the tale, but that isn’t all there is to her. Just like these shoes she has a stunning personality, stern mindset and a strong impulsive presence. Brandishing her own style in whatever she chooses to wear be it a backless plain top or a mini skirt screaming out her animal side, these ‘Braided Bohos’ complement our modern day tribal queen. She rules the urban jungle.
As an animal lover and a PETA volunteer, I decided to give up leather a few years back. How leather is made, simply aches my heart. Even though it’s illegal to kill healthy young cattle in India, they are beaten, deprived of food and water, dehorned, transported in appalling conditions and tortured with iron rods. As statistics go, India produces around one billion pairs of leather shoes every year for consumption and export, and the hide from one cow produces 18 pairs of shoes. Which means 50 million cows are slaughtered for shoes!
With this knowledge, I pledged to never wear leather again but consequently, had a tough time finding good non-leather shoes that were stylish, of good quality and affordable. You could say that it was almost a light-bulb moment when I thought, “What the heck, I should start my own brand!”And that’s how ‘KANABIS‘ was born – a brand for fashionable, affordable, high quality and PETA-approved vegan footwear. The name is a play on the word cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) since we use a lot of canvas instead of leather in our shoes, and canvas was historically made from hemp, which came from cannabis.
All our shoes are made of high-quality canvas, fabric and other leather substitutes keeping compassion for animals as a core value of the business but style is as important to us, which is why our shoes are tastefully crafted, with a careful mix of fabrics for the right look and comfort, thanks to our creative head, Anshul Tyagi, who does a fantastic job with the product design!
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In real life startups don’t do spanking offices. As a true blue bootstrapped venture, Kanabis started in my drawing room. Much to my mother’s shock (at first) the fancy crystal was put away, a ‘KANABIS’ sign hung high on the walls and of course shoes, soles, fabric, heels were scattered everywhere! Our guests had to be ushered into the house with a seemingly logical explanation to satiate their ‘what on earth is going on?!’ expression.
Working from ‘home office’ sure had its own perks. Zero travel time, a helpful cook and chauffeur on call, a fully loaded refrigerator at all times and hey, lets not forget all this was available rent-free! We thought we would never leave, ha! But like all things must, we’ve grown up too.
We recently created an office cubicle in our warehouse. I didn’t think I would ever have to learn or think twice about which air conditioner, printer, or fridge to install but startups sure are one helluva teacher! We may not have touched xxx in our turnover figure yet but setting this up from scratch and moving into a real office feels just as great.
Why don’t you check out our website and if you are in the area, pop by for a personal shoe fitting session and some fresh samosas if you fancy!
We all love shoes, some more than others. With over 20 pairs of shoes in my closet it is pretty safe to say that I like a good pair of shoes. I am the creative head at Kanabis, since its inception and after being asked (or coerced in some cases!) several times how we design our shoes- thought its time to pick up the pen and share our design philosophy.
Kanabis strives to provide customers high quality shoes in new innovative designs. Designing a shoe starts with an in-depth research of fashion shows, trade shows, exhibitions and fashion forecasting magazines. After analyzing and shortlisting the trends , the range is created and the designs are sent to the manufacturer for sampling.
In the multiple rounds of sampling, they are tested for fit, quality and feasibility. A selection is made from the samples for that go into production.
The design process from research to production consumes several weeks and lots of caffeine! At Kanabis this process is repeated up to 5 times a year to keep up with the trends and expectations of our customers. To launch a collection in June the planning for it starts as early as January. The design team works on two subsequent collections at any given time. Being just one year old in the market, Kanabis enjoys a loyal fan base who love our designs and keeps coming back for more.
Designing for Kanabis is fun and satisfying as this truly is fashion that speaks to you and your feet!
7 April 2016– we completed our first year. Phew, how time flies! This day last year, with our hearts pounding we launched at London Market exhibition at Hotel Ashok in New-Delhi. That was one helluva day! We sold our FIRST pair at 10am before the exhibition had even officially started and no it was not a friend or family but a ‘real’ customer! Isn’t there something special about first love, first sale, first customer, first birthday…
It’s been a pleasantly busy year with 30 exhibitions in 10 cities and several online/ offline activities during the year that kept us on our feet (quite literally!). We are now present at 7 multi brand stores across the country and looking to grow our presence both online and offline.
Looking back at the year gone by makes me very grateful to our awesome team (Anshul Tyagi, Niharika Singla, Shilpa Dangi and Pradeep) without whom we wouldn’t have been able to take our first steps. We celebrated our quick wins such as clinching our 10K followers on Facebook or receiving PETA’s approval as a Vegan brand and now we are motivated to do more. much more.
Here’s wishing for many more years of growth, success and animal friendly fashion. Stay stylish and Stay tuned at www.kanabis.in.
Buying shoes online has become the new normal. Shopping at wee hours of the morning, in the comfort of your jammies and a world of options to choose from does make one feel like a shopping king/queen!
Still, some of us prefer the old school way. We physically like to try the shoe for the look and fit, walk few steps, pose in the mirror and then decide.
Our strategy was clear from the start- to have a web-store but also have an offline presence via exhibitions, events and store tie ups. We love the direct interaction we have with our customers at exhibitions. A question that surfaces quickly is ‘do you have a store? ’…‘where are you based? ’
We are Everywhere, thank you World Wide Web. And the ensuing response we hear is ‘great now that I know my size, I can order online.’
Goes to show that people are unsure of the size when their touch-point with a brand is a screen, especially for the first time. We thought hard about this lacuna. Shoes must fit and fit well, no two ways about it.
For narrow feet we provide additional insoles and suggest which styles may require them. Before we dispatch your order, don’t be surprised if you receive a call from us for a ‘size chat’ ! We like to get it right in one stroke. We also do follow ups to check if they look, feel and fit okay. As a last resort, there is always the sweet option of return/exchange.
So next time when you’re on the cusp of checking out your fully loaded shopping cart on our website and confused about the size, sweat not. Check the size chart or give us a call or ping us a Whatsapp or good ol’ SMS and we’ll be happy to help 🙂
If I could build a time machine and go back in time, the first place I’d swing by would be 1969, the height of the Swinging 60’s, rock & roll, peace and love and some of the most fabulous fashion the world has ever seen.
Bell sleeves and bottoms, daisy chains, love beads, short dresses, groovy shades & wedge sandals.
Watching old Hindi movies made me long to wear dress up like Zeenat Aman in her bell bottom jump-suit or like Saira Banu in her swinging dress and head band.
I’m a shoe gal, always have been, & the shoes of the time mesmerized me. Birkenstocks, sandals, wedges, ballerinas.
Of course with the return of the swinging fashion, I don’t need a time machine; all I have to do is pick up some of the fashion of the 60’s that’s trending in 2016.
So here are the top shoe trends for this year.
Last year espadrilles were huge. This year fashion houses are pushing the envelope with the plain old espadrilles and updating them to jute crochets and see- through lacy fabrics. This one is a must buy for summers in India.
Wedges, Mules, or the romantic & perfect as termed by Vogue, is all the rage is spring. With colours that pop, or studs that glint & wink. Update your wardrobe, with a pair that brings Swing Fashion to Spring Fashion.
Spring is the time for flowers, blossoms all over the place after winter, and why shouldn’t fashion celebrate what nature celebrates every year. Incorporate the tenderness of blooms, add colour to your outfits with some pretty floral shoes, and if you’re like me, then flower printed skirts and shirts are OTT, but cute sandals like these can make any outfit go from drab to fab.
Oxfords and brogues have been around for years, and more reliable shoes cannot be found, men swear by Oxfords, but why should men have all the fun. Oxfords for women have all the reliability of an Oxford and all the gaiety of women’s shoes. Pair your favourite jeans with Casuals, days have never been so comfy or so fashion forward.
Platforms with edge are a fashion prediction of 2016 by every fashion magazine. From variety in colour, fabric & design, this style is here to stay. Pick from funky, quirky, romantic or edgy, and step out with your best foot forward.