Happy New Year!:) I sure hope your Christmas and New Years’ celebrations were filled with pure bliss and love. I’m still adjusting to the new year and month and basically every other thing that is new, (well apart from me, still the same old me).

December was pretty intense with the results of all national exams being released way earlier than usual and for some people that means campus is a couple of months away! And that’s a pretty big change I understand. It doesn’t have to be though, at least not when you’ve got your DIY skills in check and you know that’s what I’m here for. For those that are not freshmen and are going back to school, this sem doesn’t have to be dull and boring. That’s exactly what this post is about.

School for me is all about comfort. I mean you have to be able to leave one class to the next without breaking your legs or back. In case you’re running late, you should be able to walk fast (or even run
)without tripping. In short, comfortable shoes are the major key (Dj Khaled’s voice) to having a successful school year. There’s also the reading part, but you already know that.

Anyone that knows me knows that I live in sneakers and rubber shoes i.e Bata Ngomas. This could get boring quick cause the Ngomas come in only two colors :- black and white. However, that can easily be changed and
I’ll show you how in a few.

This DIY was inspired by somethingdiy on Facebook and what I love about it is the extent of customizing you could do. It takes like 30 minutes and it’s so effortless! Lemme show you what I’m talking about.


What you’ll need:

Bata Ngomas- from any Bata Store countrywide(or any other sneakers you might want to cover up)

Fabric- mine’s a mini skirt I got from Gikomba market for Ksh 10

Conta Adhesive -from hardware shops, costs around Ksh 200 for the tube pictured. A little goes a long way with this one

Pair of Scissors

Pins (optional)

Customized Bata Ngomas


Start by figuring out the design you want on your shoe and cut out enough fabric to cover the shoe, leaving out like half inch seam allowance. I wanted to cover mine on the front part only.


Add a tiny squirt of glue on the front so that you’ll be able to hold your fabric in place as you tuck in the sides. Pins would have made the work way easier but I couldn’t find mine anywhere. It says on the packaging that you need to apply glue on both the shoe and the fabric but I didn’t find that necessary.

Patience is key in this project as you try to get the fabric on the curve at the front of the shoe. Also, work in small segments as you fold and tuck in the seam allowance for a neat looking shoe. I’m sorry I forgot to take photos of the whole process but when successful, it should look something close to this

4And that’s pretty much it! Wait for the glue to dry, give it a good day and you can rock your beautiful shoe. I wash mine using a SupaBrite cause I don’t wanna ruin my good work. Also, if you can avoid using soap on black ngomas as that makes the shoe fade (It’s all about longevity people!)

I got so excited with this one, I made myself a Camo one!


Pretty neat, yes? Lemme know what you think.