When we say BARTEK shoes we think comfort and healthily growing children…
…it’s been our main rule for the last 25 years. During this time we have gained the necessary experience and the confidence of parents.
We know how important the quality of shoes for children is… because we are parents too.
BARTEK is a Polish company, the biggest producer in Poland and the only chain store in the country that has shoes intended for children age 1-10. So far, we have produced over 12 million pairs. What is more, we sell our products all over the world.
History of company BARTEK:
History of company BARTEK dates back to early 90′s – when its activity started. Business owner Pawel Bartnicki’s Parents – Janusz and Bozena Bartnicki have been linked with the shoe industry much earlier by working in the state factory „Syrena”. There they have gained experience that let them open their own company WYKROMAX, which manufactures and is one of the largest producers of cutting knifes for shoemakers in Poland. Senior Bartnicki dealt with trade in machines for footwear production.
In the early 90′s recession caused collapse of state-owned firms and many manufacturers have sold out their machines, devices and other equipment that became idle in the factory halls. Janusz Bartnicki decided to invest in the purchase and modernization of equipment in order to its further resale. It was very hard time and nobody was interested in modernization of production lines. Untapped machines intrigued Pawel Bartnicki, who saw great potential in disused devices.
He decided to set up company producing shoes. Initially company specialized in women’s and textile footwear. At this time, production amounts to 80 thousand pairs per year and the company employed 25 persons. Right after the birth of first son a young businessman realized that it was huge problem to find high quality shoes for children on the Polish market. Following the market research it turned out that this is niche worth to take advantage of. It was decided to change production profile for children’s shoes. This is how brand BARTEK, which cares about healthy development of children’s feet, was created. In 1994 the company significantly raised employment by converting its form from a work-shop into the factory. Also, the machines have been renovated and production hall has been expanded.
Currently, company operates nearly 1100 people, and the annual production is about 800 thousand pairs of shoes, which almost 40 % is exported to the east and west markets.
We own 41 flagship stores in Poland and we cooperate with 200 multi-brand stores in Poland and over 250 abroad. Our models are also available in our internet shop www.shop.bartek.com.pl.
BARTEK shoes are designed by specialists. We are constantly developing our shoes to fit the child’s foot. What is more, every season our products are testes by external institutions, which confirm their high quality (Positive Opinion of the Institute of Mother and Child No. OP-4815, valid until 31.12.2018,, Healthy Foot sign).
Proper growth of feet depends on well-fitted footwear. That’s why we employ high caliber staff who are knowledgeable about children’s shoes. We equip our stores with special foot measures that help customers choose the proper size.
The different growth phases of a child mean that their feet have different needs, that’s why the structure of shoes has to be well fitted to these phases. The shoes we wear in childhood have an effect on our feet when we are adult.
In BARTEK, we make 1200 models of shoes in a variety of different colours. All these designs are checked by experts to guarantee the highest quality. Together with anthropologists and orthopaedists from the Institute of the Leather Industry, we examine children’s feet according to the Healthy Foot BARTEK Academy programme. Thanks to this programme, we have gain the knowledge that helps us to create well-fitted shoes.
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Unique and innovative design and technological solutions
Selected models contain:
- Anti-mycosis and antibacterial inserts B-Fresh and Dry&Go – they protect feet from allergens and mycosis
- Reflective elements – they guarantee better visibility on the road after dark
- Innovative membrane SYMPATEX REFLEXION – 100% waterproof and windproof, maintains twice as much warmth.
Brands and products available in stores:
- BARTEK – leather footwear with well-fitted inserts and “bb”- textile footwear with well-fitted leather insert.
- Other brands: Puma, Columbia, Geox, Braqeez, Danielki,E&S, Rider/Ipanema, Keen, Langosta, Pure North, Skechers, Zarro
- Additional assortment: socks, tights, book-bags, hats, pyjamas, umbrellas, raincoats, impregnates for shoes.
We are constantly developing:
At present, we are working on developing our chain abroad.