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The feet that walk Africa


Africa has always lived on its feet. Ever since man took his first faltering steps in the Great Rift Valley, Africans have been renowned as the world's best walkers, often travelling thousands of miles armed only with a pair of trusty sandals. Today, Africans are still walking tall, but with one notable exception: the extra mileage provided by their Umoja shoes.
Since its own first steps in the late 1970s, Umoja Rubber has helped to put affordable shoes on millions of feet across Africa. From Kenya to the Congo, Ethiopia to Madagascar, Umoja has become a household name - a name that stands for strength, comfort, value and reliability.

Three decades later, the unity of the Shah brothers remains a driving force in the success of Umoja Rubber. The Company's Mtwapa headquarters today employs more than 1,600 people, and produces a phenomenal 100,000 pairs of slippers and 30,000 pairs of canvas shoes everyday. As its name implies, Umoja is 'number one' in every regard of competition.
The company has become one of Mombasa's lifeblood industries, and a solid pillar of the East African economy. In one decade, Mtwapa town has grown from a village of 1,000 people into a thriving community of more than 200,000. Today, hundreds of Umoja families enjoy the benefits of free training and medical care, while thousands of shops enjoy a product whose appeal never runs out.



Today, Umoja slippers and shoes are worn by people from all walks of life.
From the stylish SOMEKA Canvas Ladies shoes to it's famous KAWAIDA and ECONOMY slippers, Umoja footwear can be found gracing feet and floors the length and breadth of Africa. The key to Umoja's success lies in its broad range of strong, stylish shoes currently available in more than 50 designs and a full range of different colours. From its popular plain canvas shoes to an attractive variety of checks and floral designs to the bright colours of its children's sandals, Umoja's designs span a broad and brilliant spectrum.



feet that walk africa