The Philippine Star
Star Wars x Bata Heritage: May the soles be with you
For spring/summer 2018, Bata Heritage showcases iconic Star Wars characters in a capsule collection of Bata Bullets and Bata Tennis. “The retro feel of the original Star Wars by George Lucas was the starting point of the collaboration as it echoes the legacy of Bata, a company started in 1894 that still produces its iconic styles today,” says Charles Pignal, Bata Group heritage director.
Originally created in 1964 to shoe the Baltimore Bullets basketball team, the Bata Bullets were re-launched in 2016 as a testament to the brand’s value of endurance. For this collaboration, the Bullets come in high-top versions in black or white canvas, with red or blue
Star Wars rubber patch on the side and matching piping around the shoe, as well as top eyelets. The iconic light saber from the movie is featured at the back of the sneaker, which is lined with an allover pattern that is the combination of the Light Side and Dark Side of the Force symbols.
The first Bata tennis shoe were manufactured in 1936 in India for schoolchildren to wear for their physical education classes and the style continues today to be one of the brand’s bestsellers. For spring/summer 2018, the low-top version has been revamped with tricolored graphics of Darth Vader, R2D2 and the Storm Trooper. Both Vader and the Trooper’s drawings are available in white, black and gray, while R2D2 comes in a fresh white, blue and gray combination.
The Star Wars x Bata Heritage collection is available at the Bata store in SM Megamall.