In 1854, they set up a factory for foot wear, the “C. F. Bally” which some years later already employed 500 people.
From 1870 on, they replaced manual by machine production for quality and cost reasons. Bally, known for expensive, well-designed, high quality shoes, opened their own retail shops already 1870 in Geneva and Montevideo, 1873 in Buenos Aires, 1879 in Paris, 1881 in London.
In the 1920s, at a time most people were skiing in mountain shoes, Bally launched ski boots. At the Winter Olympics of St. Moritz (1948), the Bally Rominger ski boots, was the one to win gold in women’s downhill and slalom as well as men’s slalom.
Likely, because the Company missed the switch to the buckle boot in the late 1950s, they entered 1964 a joint venture with Koflach, a Company founded in Austria 1898. Bally was sold in 1999 to the American investment fund Texas Pacific Group and since 2008, they are part of the Austrian Labelux Group, owned by JAB Holdings. Today, Bally’s headquartered is in Caslano, TI, and Switzerland.
A shoe and boot museum that counts to the most extensive worldwide, is now located in the residence of the Company founder Carl Franz Bally in Schoenenwerd.
Bally Modelle: Olympic, Olympic‐Oslo, Pigne d’Arolla, Populaire, Armee, Kadett Bally Standard, Ski Girl, Alpenski Schuh, Junior, Start , Rominger, Montana, Schneetrotz, Parsenn, Antoinette, Arola, Standard, Arola‐Spezial, Montana, Junioren‐Meister, Olympia 48, Arveta, Antoinette, Olympiade, Wengen, Touriste, Touriste Junior, Spurt, Tempo, Winner, Alpinaire, Slalom, Allrounder, Master, Elite, Parcours, Combi, Radar, Radar Expert, Radar Elegance, Radar Sport, Neve, Rival. Expert, Run, Mille, Mille Super, Progress, Dynamic, Top, Schuss, Fixomatic, Progress, Presto, Presto Minor, Kristi, Trophy, Plus Super, Cresta Sport, Koflach, Oslo.