About The
The Great African
School Shoe
Since 1954, Toughees have been producing Africa’s most loved school shoes. We are the leader brand in School shoes in our entire continent. Often imitated, never bettered.
About The
The Great African
School Shoe
For over 60 years, Toughees have been helping children in all Africa to go to school in better conditions. Here, many children walk many kilometers to school over rough and wet terrain and so our shoes have to be tough as well as comfortable. We born and raised in Africa, nobody knows better than us how to made the best shoes for our kids.
About The
The Great African
School Shoe
Our Classic Toughees are made using a direct injection process which bonds the soles firmly onto the leather uppers so they can withstand any amount of kicking and flexing. In Africa, this is important because the shoes need to last a long time as well as look good.
About The
The Great African
School Shoe
Made strong to last long, it is endorsed by South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) & The Podiatry Association of South Africa. (SAPA). Toughees pledges by its philosophy to be made with the best quality and always cares about the care of your feet.
AFRICA'S FAVOURITE
Our History
How we make our shoes
Endorsement
About The
The Great African
School Shoe
1st Pair of Toughees rolled off our production line way back in 1954. Worn by generation after generation of Sourth African kids though their entire school-going lives.
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Our Values Are Protected
By Our Guarantee
Today, Toughees continues, a tradition made possible by a rigorous and uncompromising commitment to quality – quality of materials, quality of workmanship and quality of service.
We, Toughees promise a 6 Month Guarantee against fair wear and tear
Our Promise
Made Strong To Last Long
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Simply Built To Last
Durability through leather construction offering uncompromising quality and benefits for our consumers.
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Built On Trust
6 months guarantee for fair wear and tear, an element of trust worthy relationships we have with our consumers.
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Prove Our Worth
High value at competitive price.
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Always There For You
Availability and always-in-stock brand in the market all year round.
Innovation & Sustainability
"Toughees... they are no longer just shoes but icons! Bata has developed these shoes taking into consideration the realities of the African countries they are sold in, the needs and desire of the people wearing them."
For over 60 years, Africa's Toughees have been helping children to go to school. Here, many children walk many kilometers to school over rough and wet terrain and so our shoes have to be tough as well as comfortable. Toughees are made using the construction process which bonds the soles firmly onto the leather uppers so they can withstand any amount of kicking and flexing.

In South Africa, this is important because the shoes need to last a long time as well as look good. School uniform is a great leveller and the Toughees shoe has become an integral part of the African school uniform throughout the continent and can be seen in just about every school.

We are constantly looking to improve our processes, improve our quality and deliver every day a friendlier shoe with the environment.