In the early 1970s, Bata developed a relationship with Wilson® to develop lightweight sneakers for the US market. The Hotshot was one of the core products of that partnership and it sold for a few seasons. It was only two decades later that the Bata Hotshot got a big revival when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was spotted wearing them on several occasions. We never got a chance to ask him what he liked about the shoe. Our guess is that he felt they were unique, different and authentic.