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Old 07-21-07, 05:20 PM
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Bata shoes

Back in the day I used to wear Beta Biker shoes with my clips. They were basically light weight tennis shoes with a thicker sole area under the ball of your foot. Anyone still have these or possibly have a source for them?
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Old 07-21-07, 05:31 PM
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I still have a pair that I purchased long ago. I burned through a lot of them in the 80s. Wish they were still made... but alas they are long gone.
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I think you mean Bata.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
I think you mean Bata.
Guess that explains why when I have googled "Beta" bikers for the past year I have found nothing.....
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I have an almost brand new pair of Bata shoes that were given to me. They are size 9-9 1/2 and too small for me. Anyone interested?
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Originally Posted by Hexenmeister View Post
I have an almost brand new pair of Bata shoes that were given to me. They are size 9-9 1/2 and too small for me. Anyone interested?
If anyone has a pair of 10.5....... Please let me know.
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Greetings,
I still have a pair of Beta's I wear occasionally when I take out my Motobecaune Grand Touring. The pair is almost new. I wish they still made them. Like one perswon noted, I wore them alot "back in the day"...Maybe that is why I only wear them occasionally, so they would last longer. I wear my No Sweat Chuck Taylor knock-offs when the Beta's are in my closet....
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Bata Biker shoes: there is a long supressed memory. IIRC, the Bata company was Czech. Wonder if they are still around?
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Originally Posted by jemoryl View Post
Bata Biker shoes: there is a long supressed memory. IIRC, the Bata company was Czech. Wonder if they are still around?
I tend to remember they had a store....or maybe it was a warehouse somewhere in MD or PA that was shaped like a big shoe. Anyone else remember this?

Here are pics of there Maryland factory. Guess the shoe shaped building thing was a figment of my hazy teenage memory
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The company actually has a very interesting history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bata_Shoes

Those photos of the Bata factory in Maryland remind me of some of the shoe factories where my father worked in Johnson City and Endicott, NY.
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Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
Back in the day I used to wear Beta Biker shoes with my clips. They were basically light weight tennis shoes with a thicker sole area under the ball of your foot. Anyone still have these or possibly have a source for them?
It's Beta, not bata. I wore mine til they fell apart. 12.95 new late 70's early 80's.
Long extinct company.
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It's Bata, not Beta. Their HQ used to be in Toronto, Canada. They're still around - sort of - but they're not the company they used to be.
Bata Shoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Originally Posted by bikerosity57 View Post
It's Beta, not bata. I wore mine til they fell apart. 12.95 new late 70's early 80's.
Long extinct company.
Long extinct thread.
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Originally Posted by jemoryl View Post
The company actually has a very interesting history: Bata Shoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Those photos of the Bata factory in Maryland remind me of some of the shoe factories where my father worked in Johnson City and Endicott, NY.
Mom used to take us to the factory to buy "seconds"........They weren't so cool back in the day. We used to call them "fish-heads" and we made up a little song to accompany the trip to get our shoes

Fish heads, they make your feet feel fine.
Fish heads, they cost a dollar ninety-nine
Fish heads....etc, etc,etc....


Mom was not so amused.

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Read they are making them again in New Zealand

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/iconic-bata-bullets-make-comeback-5706766
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I remember the Bata factory between Edgewood (Deadwood) MD and Aberdeen (Aberdump) MD. The neighbor two doors down from where I grew up worked there for a time.
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The Bata Bullet's were a cost effective 'knock off' of a cheap, canvass Converse made shoe...I had a pair of both growing up...great memories of buying decent foot wear for under 10 bucks...Those were the day's.....

Take care and ride on 'Bullet's' LOL
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
I remember the Bata factory between Edgewood (Deadwood) MD and Aberdeen (Aberdump) MD. The neighbor two doors down from where I grew up worked there for a time.
They had a shoe dump...errrr...factory seconds warehouse in Timmonium just behind the Racetrack
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