With a reputation for quality spanning over 80 years, Novesta are the go-to shoe of choice for those who want a classic canvas shoe that’s comfortable and full of character. The legendary European outfitter produces each shoe in the same way as they have done for the last 80 years out of their factory in Slovakia. Renowned for their build-quality, the shoes have earned a strong reputation with little change to their original designs and production techniques.

At Stuarts London we are proud stockists of the Novesta and over the years we’ve learnt quite a lot about this legendary shoe producer. That’s why we decided to put together this guide answering everything you could want to know about the brand from fitting, to how they are made and much more.

Do Novesta shoes fit true to size?

Novesta use European sizing for their shoes. If you don’t know your European size, don’t worry as we’ve already done the hard work for you and converted them into standard UK sizing. Just select your usual size. In terms of fit, Novesta shoes fit true to size.

If you are unsure, it is suggested you measure your foot. Simply follow these steps;

  1. Find your best fitting pair of shoes and remove the insole.
  2. Stand on the insoles and take note of how they fit, they should fit from all sides and you should have some extra length at the end but not too much.
  3. Measure the distance from the heel to the point furthest away on the toe.
  4. Use this measurement with the following size chart to get your correct size.
  5. If you are between sizes take the bigger size.
  6. Remember you should have some space at the toes.

Star Master/Star Dribble

Insole length
in mm
Insole length
(vložky) in inch
2359.25363 ½
25710.1238 ½5 ½
26710.51406 ½
28511.2242 ½8 ½
29411.57449 ½

Marathon Trail

Insole length
in mm
Insole length
(vložky) in inch
2399.41363 ½
26710.51406 ½
29311.54449 ½

Novesta shoes history?

Started in 1939 by acclaimed shoemaker Antonin Bata, who decided to open a factory in the small town of Partizánske, Slovakia where the shoes are still produced to this day. Using the original production methods such as vulcanisation, the shoes have always been designed with longevity in mind.

The brand has steadily built its reputation over the years producing shoes that have a superior finish and simple, timeless style.

Where are Novesta from?

Novesta have been producing shoes out of their original factory in Partizánske, Slovakia since 1939.

Are Novesta shoes vegan?

Novesta have a fully vegan range available that use only animal-friendly materials including vegan leather and suede made from hard-wearing synthetic substitutes.

Are Novesta cool?

Appearing on fashion blogs, Tumblr, and Pinterest as well as Instagram – Novesta have been within the cultural zeitgeist for a while now. They are also a favourite of Reddit’s r/malefashionadvise with 3.2 million members as well as r/SustainableFashion and are known as a solid alternative to Converse. For those looking for quality and style in their shoes Novesta are perfect.

Which Novesta shoe should I buy?

Novesta produce a select range of silhouettes, some of which have been produced since their inception in 1939. Without a doubt their most popular styles are the Star Master and Star Dribble – one a low canvas shoe and the other a high top. They are loved for their robust build quality, timeless style, and versatility.

Another popular option is the Marathon Trail, originally produced for the Cechoslovakian running for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. The shoe has kept its vintage charm combined with Novesta’s legendary build quality.

Are Novesta sustainable?

Novesta have always valued being a sustainable company, sourcing VFCS (Vietnam Forest Certified Scheme) certified natural rubber from verified suppliers only and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton. The brand aims to keep their supply chain as sustainable as possible from start to finish.

Are Novesta shoes comfortable?

Novesta shoes are well-known for their comfort rarely found in canvas shoes. Much of this is down to their anatomically shaped insoles that are arched for superior support including arch support. Being hand-made, the shoes are shaped to support the foot, providing all-day support and comfort.

Are Novesta shoes good quality?

Yes. Each pair is hand made using labour and time-intensive methods such as machine pressing the rubber sole onto the upper of the shoe. The shoes are then hand-finished by skilled artisans within the factory making sure every aspect of the shoe is designed to give the shoe longevity.

Are Novesta shoes unisex?

Novesta offer both Men’s and Women’s sizes. Both of which we have in stock here at Stuarts London.

Are Novesta shoes durable?

Yes. Several reviewers have said that their Novesta shoes have lasted far longer than other shoes and can be used for a range of activities without showing major signs of wear. This is due to the shoes careful construction which value the shoe’s longevity above all else. Our customers have always been satisfied with their Novesta shoes too.

Do Novesta make the best canvas shoes?

There are some solid options these days for canvas shoes for both men and women. Novesta definitely are one of the market leaders in terms of customer satisfaction and comfort. The shoes superior insole and anatomical construction along with their hand-finished build quality mean that Novesta are really an excellent choice for your next canvas shoe.

Where to buy Novesta shoes?

Here at Stuarts London we have a wide range of Novesta shoes available for both men and women and in a range of styles. Shop the full range Novesta below.


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