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Bata Collections target a wide range of customers and offer an excellent price-quality ratio. Bata’s exclusive models along with national and international brands are carefully selected and updated in response to market demand.

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As Bata we stand by the quality of our products and repair or replace items that have been found to be defective.
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What to do when buying footwear
Before trying any shoes on, we recommend to have your feet measured professionally. Shoes must be tried when standing and on the feet. The shoe shape must correspond to your physiology. Women’s feet vary in shape more than men’s, women have to select their shoes more carefully. Note that one person’s feet are not always the same, try on both shoes. Many people’s feet are different in some way. Always select a size half a centimetre larger than the size of your feet. Free movement of toes within the shoe prevents painful deformation. Select shoes to match the way you will use them. Ask the shop assistants for professional advice.

"Always select a size half a centimetre larger than the size of your feet. Free movement of toes within the shoe prevents painful deformation"

Shoe liners and their use
Shoe liners come in several types and they can help solve problems with flat feet, excessive perspiration, burning sole, or cold feet. A good liner can have many benefits. It helps prevent most problems associated to flat feet. Anti-skid liners help prevent foot movement in high heel shoes. Support of the foot waist and the instep are the most important.

Durability of your shoes also depends on maintenance and care. Worn leather soles must be repaired in time. Upper leather does not provide 100% protection against water.

 

How to choose footwear

Each type of use requires a different shoe. The type of use is determined by material, design, manufacturing method and care. The intended type of use is very important.

Indoor Shoes

  • intended for short-term use, mostly indoors
  • typically all-leather low walking shoes, classic cut, with glued leather sole 
  • very sensitive to moisture and uneven surface 
  • Street Shoes - year-round, or winter
  • intended for street or indoor use
  •  thicker and more durable sole than indoor shoes 
  • many different cuts and materials 

Sports Shoes

  • intended for sports activities, the design corresponds to the type of sport in question
  • should be used only for the type of activity it is intended for

Home Footwear

  • light, mostly fabric shoes intended for indoor use

Kids’ Footwear

  • special requirements
  • corresponding to the needs of growing children’s feet
  • always look for the best fit both as far as length and width are concerned, select a size 10-15 mm longer than the foot
  • children’s feet grow very quickly, make sure to check the fit of existing shoes often
  • children’s feet are developing, their bones are soft and incorrect shoes may result in lifelong damage

Materials - Upper, Liner

Leather
The most often used natural material, with ideal properties for shoe production. The following type is used: cow hide its Leather is breathable, soft, absorptive, and adapts to individual feet shape well. Leather types:

Smooth leather - textured surface with small pores, matt or shiny.

Patent/enamelled leather - smooth and high-gloss surface, obtained by applying a layer of enamel to the leather. The surface is susceptible to mechanical damage, chemical corrosives, moisture and frost.

Nubuck - leather sanded on the hair side. Buff nubuck - a special category - is very fine nubuck, on which even fine contact with fingers or other objects leaves traces, which can be brushed out.

Suede - leather sanded on the flesh side, less durable than nubuck, with hair on the surface.

Sole leather - Type of cow leather used to make soles. Very sensitive to moisture and uneven surface.

Coated leather - leather coated with a thin layer of other material, such as polyurethane. This ensures durability and easier maintenance, used especially on sports shoes.

No shoe material better than natural leather.

Leather can be stretched and shaped to fit. At the same time, it retains its shape, breathability and other characteristic properties.

 

 

 

Other materials

 

 

Synthetics - PVC, PU, rubber, plastic, artificial leather, poromerics - appearance of these materials is often reminiscent of leather, but their properties (breathability, absorption, adaptability) are inferior to those of natural leather. Usually combined with breathable liners made of modern PVC and PU. New possibilities in colours and shapes inspire new product ranges, especially in youth fashion. Apart from the above advantages, these materials are also cheap.

Textiles - woven, unwoven - used for light, often summer, or indoor shoes. The latest textile-based material is stretch, providing enough wearing comfort. Textiles are breathable, easy to maintain and have sufficient durability.

Poromerics - Synthetic leather, whose appearance and properties are similar to those of natural leather. Very simple maintenance.

Rubber - Similar properties to plastic materials, used for special protective and work shoes.

Combined materials - Used especially in sports shoes.

Watertight membrane - Special material ensuring water-tightness and breathability (GORE-TEX etc.). Used mostly in sports and trekking shoes.

 

Outsoles

The outsoles are the bottom parts of every shoe, coming into contact with the ground. They protect the foot against cold, warmth, uneven surface, sharp objects, etc. Types of outsoles:

Leather outsole - Darkens when exposed to sunlight. Used on dance/indoor shoes. Repairs necessary when used daily/for long time. Often combined with rubber coatings.

Rubber outsole - Flexible, weather-resistant, easy to maintain. The lightest type - Styropor - for indoor shoes.

Synthetic outsole - Flexible, easy to maintain, medium durability, slippery


 

 

 

Production methods

 

The method used to connect the upper and the sole influences a shoe's functionality and maintenance.

Glued shoes - The most common technology, the sole is glued to the upper. The glued seam may fail if exposed to moisture, sweat, or may mechanically separate.

Flexible shoes - Very comfortable, lightweight and flexible shoes, with attractive sewn-through edges. Flexible thanks to the upper being sewn directly to the sole without an insole. Limited water-tightness. Used mostly on indoor/dry environment shoes.

Moulded shoes - The sole is pressed, injected, or moulded to the upper. Used mostly on sports and leisure shoes. The quality of the joint and the sole itself depends on the material used.

Welted shoes - The upper/sole joint is sewn through a welt. Durable and strong joint.

 

Materials and Construction

Materials
A wide range of materials and combinations are used to produce footwear nowadays. Leather, rubber, synthetic materials and fabrics are mainly used for upper material.

Each material has its own specific features, not only in appearance but also in properties, performance and treatment. The type of material used has an important influence on how long the item lasts and, often, dictates the recommended use.

Synthetic Materials

PVC, PU, rubber, leatherette, polymers materials which have a similar look as leather but their characteristics do not measure up to the qualities of natural leather as far as breathing, absorption, flexibility is concerned; synthetics are suitable in combination with breathable linings and new materials such are PVC and PU.

New options in colour and shapes inspire a rise of new designs especially in young fashion. Besides already mentioned characteristics, which are an advantage for designing, the next obvious advantage is their low price.

Polymers are synthetic hides, which in their look and physical characteristics mimic natural hides. They are also very easy to care for.

Rubber has similar characteristics as synthetic materials and is used for special safety work boots. Combined materials are used mainly in sport footwear enabling endless colour and design.

Waterproof membranet is special material provides water resistance and breathability to footwear (for example Gore-Tex); specially used for hiking and sport footwear.

Leather
The most used natural material with ideal characteristics for footwear. Leather breathes, is soft, with very good absorption ability; able to adjust to the individual shape of foot. We recognize several basic types of leather.

Smooth leather has a soft structured surface with small pores, can be finished in satin or gloss.

Nubuck a hide with suede-like finish; leaves marks even after a soft touch of fingers or other objects; marks are removable by brushing.

Bottom leather is a type of leather used for soles of formal footwear, very prone to moisture and uneven surface. Embossed leather (printed).

Upper material

Leather - is the best upper material; natural, breathable and supple;adjusts to feet easily.

Textile - Characterized by a wide colour selection and lightness; used mainly for summer footwear.

Synthetic - Used for a wide spectrum of shapes, easy to care for, suitable for rainy weather.

Lining material

Leather- Hygienic, comfortable and flexible.

Textile- Suitable for winter footwear bacause of its good thermal insulation qualities.

Synthetic- Easily cared for, easily put on; limited airflow which can cause higher perspiration.

Sole material

Leather - Has an elegant look, is light; solely designed for interiors; scrapes off easily; not suitable for wet conditions.

Textile - Resistant to wear, flexible, suitable for any kind of weather; has excellent thermo-insulation characteristics and is easy to care for.

Synthetic - Flexible, easy to care for; average resistance to wear; average thermo insulation qualities; slips in difficult terrain; not overly flexible.

PVC

Polyvinyl chloride is flexible material that is chemically non-reactive. PVC accepts paints and performs well under most silk-screening processes have high strength. It is weather resistance, and odourless.

 

PU

Polyurethane is a flexible and soft material that sometimes looks like leather. Very light but does not have a long lasting shelve life. Will tends to bio-degrade itself after 2-3 years into small molecular powder.

 

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