As the old RUSSIAN proverb goes: "If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one."

In 1939 SLOVAKIAN brand NOVESTA was founded by master shoemaker JAN ANTONIN BATA, replete with a dream to create the perfect canvas shoe. In the intervening period they have never thought to chase another rabbit, and you can tell. They do one thing, brilliantly.

All of their shoes are still handmade in SLOVAKIA, using the same processes and machinery employed in the thirties. They are also a brand with a conscience. The use of natural rubber soles and 100% cotton and linen canvasses ensure an environmentally friendly shoe. The rubber sole is machine-pressed onto the body of the shoe, to create tire marks around the outsole for the trademark NOVESTA stamp of approval. 

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