How many of us think of which shoes to wear first then choose rest of the outfit? I put my hand up and I’m confident that I’m not alone in this ‘But, First the Shoes’ world. And we do spend an inordinate amount of time looking for shoes, matching them with our outfits, or deciding a look based on the shoes that we want to wear.
Somehow the tides of fashion have always flown in the direction of high heels to accentuate the slender length of a woman’s leg. While heels are objects women lust after, the flats are really the best friends that come handy on a daily basis. Over the last few years, wearing flats became cool. Fashion is no longer about towering in sky highs, but about being comfy in flats. Enter Sneakers!
From white and black sneakers that have dominated runways for last few months to French vintage prints (think florals and pastels), sneakers are the new trend and here to stay. They offer ample support, don’t pinch or hurt you feet, can be worn for a night out just as easily as for a day at work.
So go ahead and treat your feet, pick up a pair of Kanabis sneakers and stay fashion forward!
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Animal meat has been a part of the human diet long before we understood cultivation of plants and food grains. Animal husbandry was one of the prime professions before industrialisation. While raising animals for food and dairy is a need that most people can wrap their head around, animal lovers have a hard time understanding the need to skin animals for the sake of fashion. Leather, crocodile hide, furs, elephant hide, and snake-skin made in to shoes, gloves, purses, coats are endorsed by celebrities and coveted by the masses.
We at Kanabis believe that change can happen one shoe at a time. Shoes that are cruelty free.
There are many wonderful organisations that are making a difference to the way we treat animals- PETA with its SayNotoLeather campaigns and BSPCA that rescues injured or ill-treated animals. YODA – Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals is trying to induce compassion towards animals by taking canine experts and dogs to schools, interacting with kids and teaching them the joy of loving animals.
In addition to this they also have a shelter where rescued dogs and cats find treatments and homes. Pet lovers have the option of adopting four legged babies and giving them loving homes. About a year and a half ago, someone we know adopted an adorable Lhasa Apso, who was rescued from a family who had too many dogs and not enough resources to take care of all of them. The story started with a social media post from YODA about a litter of Lhasa pups that needed homes, and our friend who has wanted a pet for the last 20 years, picked up the phone and spoke with the lady who runs YODA.
The background of the pup and location was shared, along with the fact that the current owners were being pressured by YODA to give up the animals or face dire legal consequences, due to the condition the animals were in.YODA also enquired about her background, living space, prior pets etc. She went to see the pups and later described that there were 7 dogs, 2 adults (male and female) and 5 puppies, who were locked in a garage with little food, no lights or fan, some water and hardly any human interaction. Their condition was appalling to the least. The owner hemmed and hawed before he agreed to give her one pup.
Once the pup had been recused, YODA recommended a groomer to shave the pup down since he was infected with ticks and fleas, and a doctor for a check-up and de-worming. They called regularly for the next week to check up on the well-being of the dog, and then went to her house for a visit, to see how the little one was adjusting. They also made her sign an undertaking to neuter the dog at the right age. They also popped in a few times since for surprise visits to ensure that the dog is healthy and happy.
And this is just one of many stories about happy adoptions. If you’re here on the Kanabis website, apart from a shoe-lover, you might be an animal lover too! If you are ever looking for a pet, please adopt don’t buy. Wherever you maybe, there are shelters who take in abandoned animals who need homes. Ask around, go online, and find your four legged furry friend whose life you can help improve.
We all need to do our part.
We were recently invited by NIFT Delhi to interact with the design students and give our company presentation. We wanted to leave a fantastic impression of Kanabis (obviously!), but we also wanted to make it an enjoyable experience for the students. Not just another boring power point that they were being forced to sit through.
So we decided to run a shoe design contest. We used our Green T wedges as the subject and asked the students to redesign and transform it into their dream shoe! They would get to keep a pair to wear and flaunt their work around. The winner’s takeaway was a gift voucher and a 2 week internship at Kanabis.
With eyes on the prize, everybody unleashed their creativity and we saw some amazing hand-painting, use of embellishments, patches and much more. One of them added a piece of sheer vinyl with beautiful flowers embroidered on it and we found our winner- Diksha Trika. Her work showed an original thought and neat execution.
Congratulations Diksha! We look forward to having you on board for 2 weeks : )
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
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!