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A shoe for independence

Guardian Business Reporter

Published: Jun 28, 2013

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As Bahamians from all walks of life prepare to celebrate the country’s independence, Emerge, a shoe line, has decided to put its best foot forward with the launch of a Bahamian-themed sneaker.

The Bahamian sneaker was designed by Marquez Williams, a local artist, and took nearly four months to complete.

In this week’s edition of Da Plunge, McKell Bonaby, co-owner of Emerge, said his team was looking to do something that’s never been done before and that’s essentially the inspiration behind the shoe.

“We looked at the market to see what was lacking,” he said.

“There have been so many other things done and so we wanted to do something truly unique but something that encompasses everything that is Bahamian. So, we came up with the design that we believe will not be surpassed by any others as it relates to shoes.”

There are two versions of the shoe: the high tops and the low tops, both priced at $55 in sizes three to 12.

The shoe line is available at Bahamia Limited located on Bay and Frederick Streets and can also be ordered on the store’s website, www.bahamiastore.com.

So far, the response to the shoe has been overwhelming and orders are coming from places such as Canada and Texas, Bonaby said, who added a new installment may be unveiled soon.

“Our next set of designs will be coming out soon. We have uploaded the shoes (images) to Facebook,” Bonaby added.

“We have had orders from Canada, Texas, Washington and all over the world. People are very interested in this.

“One of the things that stands out is that people would have communicated to us that they loved the style and quality of the shoe.”

In addition to the sneaker, Montez Hopkins, inventory manager and sales representative at Bahamia Limited, said the response has been overwhelming and they hope to continue to foster a greater sense of Bahamian pride.

“We need to show more pride. It’s the big 40. We have never been 40 before and we will never be 40 again.”

The independence shoe is just one of many nationally-themed items Bahamia Limited carries. Its wares include jerseys, dresses, jackets and jewelry.


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