BOTAS - history and presence
The company was established on July 4th,1949 under the name Botana. It was built upon centuries of shoemaking tradition in the Skutec region. At first the chief production programme of Botana was male walking shoes with only a minor production of ski and skating shoes. However, the sports shoes production increased over the years. In 1958 the sports shoes represented 6,5% of the production, ten years later it was 51,3% and in 1988 it was even 82,9%.
In years 1990 – 1996 Botana made production of Nordic boots for companies like ADIDAS and KARHU. In 1992 Botana concluded a production contract with the company SALOMON AG. However, within a licensing programme, this cooperation still continues.
On 1.1.2000 the name of the company was changed to be identical with the sports brand as BOTAS a.s. and the new, contemporary, logo was made.
The shoes“botas”were worn by a number of Czech and foreign sportsmen, who were successful in Olympic games and World Championships.
Next to other worldclass athletes in a number of individual and team sports, is Dušan Kožíšek (bronze and silver medal at FIS Nordic Worldchampionships) representing Botas at the FIS Worldcup circuit.