Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Shoe maker passes away

One of the most memorable things about back to school shopping as a small boy was heading to Bata Shoe store. The stores are long gone and now so is one of the Bata family members, Thomas George Bata. Thomas was the son of the founder Tomas who was a ninth generation cobbler. At one time Bata Shoes was one of the largest shoe manufactures on the planet. In 1985 it manufactured in 61 countries, operated 92 plants and 6000 retail stores, and sold through 100 000 merchants in 115 countries. Bata Shoe Organization has sold more than 14 billion pairs of shoes - greater than the number of pairs of human feet that have walked the earth. Today Batas largest Canadian public presence is the shoe museum Located on Bloor Street, Toronto, and designed by Roy Moriyama.
Sean Beckingham

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