WE SHOE THE WORLD
Our story began in 1894 in a small town called Zlin, in the Czechoslovakia. The siblings Tomas, Anna and Antonin Bata founded the T.& A. Bata Shoe Company with $320 inherited from their mother. With over 300 years of family history in shoemaking, the reputation for quality and know-how of the Bata name helped propel the company’s start-up. Being the ninth generation of shoemakers, they introduced innovation which brought about the “Batovka”, a high quality, mass-manufactured, affordable shoe for working people. The Bata legacy had just begun.
BATA started building its name in the then Malaya when the first store opened at Capitol Building, Singapore on August, 1931. Tomas Bata established Bata Shoe Company Limited to carry on the business as manufacturers, distributors and marketers of footwear. Today, Bata has grown to be a leading footwear manufacturer in Singapore and operates a retail chain of more than 40 stores. Home to BATA Asia Pacific and Africa operations, the Singapore office manages close to 3,000 outlets in the region.
BATA’s reach may be worldwide, but our presence is local. Our novel international manufacturing structure allows Bata facilities around the globe to respond to the unique needs and wants of local customers.
As a result, we are honoured to be a ‘local’ company in Singapore and have over 40 outlets here.
Bata serves a million customers each day with a business model based on quality and accessibility for all. From environmentally conscious shoes to high-tech heels, Bata’s strategic innovation and production is led by a diverse group of real people. Take a look at some of our true stories, to discover more about Bata’s pioneering products and talented innovators.