Katz Footwear’s new Gauteng agent, Keith Baptista from Hotline Agents, has three decades of top class experience in the Southern African footwear industry. During this time he has worked with several of the biggest names in the industry.

Having started out in the industry carrying skips for brother-in-law Donald Blanshard’s wholesale company, Foot Fashion, he ‘graduated’ after about three years to selling ladies’ fashion imports for wholesaler Falkow Bros.

He eventually went on to work with Yusuf Bham, helping grow Mega Shoes for about two and a half decades, until Bham retired.

Before joining Mega Shoes he had also worked for Roy Eckstein at Jaguar Shoes (former PUMA distributor), Robby Stoller at Dangee Corporation (now Dangee | Carken), as well as for Armadillo Footwear.

Katz Footwear is the local distributor of the Enzolini, Loxion Kulca, Luciano Rossi, and Willow brands.