1851 - Present
There was a time that Switzerland was the largest shoe and boots production centre in the world, led by the Bally
Company, with more than 150 million pairs since inauguration. Carl Franz Bally (1821-1899) and his brother Fritz,
established in 1851 “Bally” in the basement of their home in Schoenenwerd/AG.
1883 - Present
Franz Heierling, a Davos shoemaker made his first pair of leather shoes for skiers in 1885. He copied the Laupar
shoes of some Norwegians who had been teaching skiing to a few locals. Years later, his family fabricated what
became known as the Rolls Royce of hand-made leather ski boots.
1885 – 1973
Matthäus and Andreas Henke with Johann Georg Storz, three Germans, set up a shoe factory on the Swiss side of
Stein on the Rhein In 1885, this to avoid high custom duties. They employed in 1889 56 persons, in 1911 130 and
went public in 1920.
1919 - 1977
Fritz Molitor, an Austrian saddler, began work at Wengen in 1912 and as of the mid-20s, made shoes including
ski and climbing boots. His son Karl (1920-2014), became a successful ski boots entrepreneur, probably because
of his racing triumphs.
1927 - Present
KUNZLI (Trimbach/Solothurn & today Windisch/Aargau)
In 1927, company founder Werner Künzli opened his first atelier in Trimbach, near Olten. He specialised in the manufacture of ski boots. The success of this enterprise led to further developments and to the production of customised footwear for the football, skating, handball and cycling sports.
1932 – Present
KANDAHAR (Murren & today Gwatt/Bern)
Fritz von Allmen, ski instructor, a racer and a shoemaker in Mürren, crafted as of 1932 famous boots known for
their workmanship and design. The members of the local Kandahar Ski Club appreciated the boots so much that
von Allmen could name the Company he founded in 1932: Kandahar.
1938 - 19??
SPINI, Giacomo (St. Moritz, Grisons)
Georg Spini of St. Moritz manufactured what he called “Vorlage” boots, thus forcing a forward position. It served some of the Swiss
women team, such as Niny von Arg-Zogg, slalom silver winner of the Ski championship (1938). The Spini boots were ultimately sold by Löw, a maker of expensive shoes with their own shops.
1948 - 19??
MAURON, Joseph (Broc/Fribourg)
In 1948, Joseph Mauron, a 21-year-old Swiss shoemaker, didn't like tying and untying his double-tied ski boots (a rea
l nightmare when they were frozen), He tried different designs. His last one was a boot with two leather straps, one
to hold the foot firmly and the other to prevent snow from entering it. Mauron boot was not a commercial success
but he received in 1948 the Diplôme de Vermeil medal from the International Leather Bureau in Paris, and in 1949
a gold medal from the International Leather Organization in London. For the record, Heierling used a heel strap in
1941 to supplement a laced double-boot. In 1953, the Swiss Hans Martin patented the metal buckle, and licensed it
in 1955 to Henke, already one of the world’s leading boot manufacture to worldwide acclaim.
1947 - 19??
ROMINGER (St. Moritz, Grisons) Patent PDF/Bally/Swisswing
2010 – Present
The story of DAHU Sports Company Ltd has started while Nicolas Frey, its founder, couldn’t find ski boots in
which his girlfriend wasn’t having sore feet, even after trying high-end boots injected and molded to her feet.
Disappointed not to find the right product in shops, he decided at the end of the winter 2009 to completely rethink
the construction of this object which, according to him, weren’t answering current needs any more. He then started
designing the first prototypes on paper before tinkering with them in his garage.
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DOELKER & WALDER
LUSCHER & LEBER
BUHRER - NUSSBAUMER
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