About Our Shoes
Bata operating companies are grouped into business units. It makes sense to us to operate locally. This way we can share expertise when it comes to similarities in markets and business issues. Each group benefits from synergies specific to their requirements. That includes similarities in product development, sourcing and marketing support. It’s another example of how Bata’s global success is in reality made of thousands of local successes.
Bata, founded by Tomas Bata in Austria-Hungary, continues as a family-run business. Today our headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland, but our operations separate geographically into three divisions. Bata Europe is based in Italy and operates 500 stores offering fashionable footwear. Many of our innovative fashion lines originate at our Italian center. The world-class shoe innovation center just outside Venice supplies many of the exclusive lines found in Bata stores throughout Europe.
Bata International serves customers in much of Asia, the Pacific and Africa through its 3,000 stores and many dealers. It is supervised from Singapore. Bata International operates shoe innovation centers in several countries, as well as 23 factories to serve individual markets.
Bata Latin America is based in Mexico City. Bata is the leading retailer of shoes in Latin America. We’re also the leading marketer of children’s branded footwear!