I have to admit that when I first saw this ad posted on http://www.600rr.net, I was convinced that it was a joke. After all, who in their right mind would condone, let alone promote wearing sandals whilst riding a motorcycle? Bata, the world’s largest footwear company, that’s who!

Sure, we’ve all had lazy moments where we move our bikes around the driveway in bare feet or take a quick rip to the store wearing running shoes, but buying sandals specifically for riding? Seriously?

Last year Bata launched their exclusive ‘Motor Sandal’ in Bangladesh, which is specifically designed for bikers who evidently welcome ankle burns and road rash. “The sandal has been specifically designed to protect their feet while riding bikes,” Bata’s Bangladesh marketing manager, said at a press briefing in Dhaka.

Safety was clearly the first and foremost objective as the Motor Sandal features a fiberglass reinforced sole, gear shifter protector, heat resistant rubber, toe bumper and fluorescent rear strap, which is also removable in case you want to make them into slippers. And why wouldn’t you!?

Why stop there? Why not go one step further and make construction worker-specific, work boot-inspired sandal? The Motor Sandal is currently available in five different styles across Bangladesh for a mere 900 Taka a pair, which is about $13 USD. If you happen to value convenience and your foot tan more than safety, check out Bata’s website to pick yourself up a pair.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  • BrowningBAR

    I’ll only buy one if it comes with an “abrasion resistant” tank-top with racing leather shorts.

  • Saw a dude in Orlando on a GSXR wearing sandals (or something similar) the other day. Maybe it was a pair of these beauties. 🙂


  • Gerwin

    Well, what do you expect from a country where people choose not to use their headlights because ‘it wears them out’ ?

  • JSH

    Mock these sandals all you want but they are a step up in protection from riding barefoot, a practice that is very common in India and Bangladesh.

    Work sandals? Again a step up from working barefoot which again is very common even in factories and foundries.


    I bet those guys would love a pair of work sandals.

  • Scottie

    JSH – Thanks for citing that article. Can’t believe that was back in 11/07. Time flies.

    I’ll stick with my boots.

  • Mike

    Only in the good old USA. Free to buy and pick what ever you want. The people that wear these when riding their motorcyles. Are the ones also with No helmet on and shorts and either tank top or No shirt on while riding. And I’m usually one of the first responders to the nice scene of a Moron accident. And it is not pretty.

  • I look at this in view of patent examination. I think that it’s a new invention but have no inventive step.

  • THese look really nice.
    I am sure your feet get hot wearing the boots in the summer.

  • Hagbard Celine

    Wow, that is dumb.

  • Prrrowr

    There is no toe or ankle protection. If you spill over and your ankle gets pinned down by the bike you will definitely suffer serious injury. And the sandal will be forcefully peeled off your feet.

    I think riding sandals are possible but their design should have protection for vulnerable areas of the feet and better engineering so they won’t peel off in a scraping spill.