QUALITY ITALIAN BOOTMAKERS, SINCE 1929
Giuseppe Zamberlan, the grandfather of the family, started the bootmaking “activity” right after the end of World War I.
From simple shoe repair, he moved into footwear production, driven both by necessity and by his deep passion and purpose towards his local mountain range, the Piccole Dolomiti (Small Dolomites). Giuseppe understood that the poor performance of existing outsoles – made from leather and iron studs - was a limitation to performance. As a result, he supported the revolutionary ideas of Vitale Bramani, founder of Vibram, who was studying and developing rubber soles at the time.
From this cooperation, Zamberlan became the first ever company to use a Vibram all-rubber outsole. These types of rubber outsoles became adopted worldwide and quickly became the future of boot performance, one of many innovations for which Zamberlan has been at the forefront.
Of great importance to the Zamberlan company was Giuseppe's wife - Maria - who became a skilled machinist and sewer. Later, Emilio, son of Giuseppe, grew up with the same sincere passion and love for the local mountains. He joined the company and helped his father produce shoes until gradually he succeeded him. Emilio continued his father’s work in directing the company towards foreign markets and was supported by his own wife, also Maria, who helped him manage the company.
For more than 40 years now, Zamberlan has been distributing to worldwide markets and today more than 90% of its production is destined for export to some 50 countries.
Today, it is the turn of the third generation of Zamberlan family, brother and sister Marco and Maria, to manage the Italian footwear company.
Like their forefathers, Marco and Maria also inherited the enduring love and enjoyment of the mountains. This purpose enables them through all stages of the company, from design to manufacturing, testing and distribution of the most comfortable outdoor footwear available today. Nearly 90 years after the beginning, Zamberlan has achieved countless product awards and is recognized worldwide for it's quality, comfort, fit, performance and striking Italian design.
Most impressive, the company continues to handcraft its most traditional and prestigious models in Italy, in the exact same factory opened by Giuseppe Zamberlan nearly 90 years earlier! This decision and dedication to local production, has allowed Marco and Maria to be competitive with any shoe factory worldwide with unrivaled performance, value and appreciation.
IMPORTANT STAGES OF ZAMBERLAN'S HISTORY
1929: Giuseppe Zamberlan started his own cobbler shop and shoe making business. Due to his great passion for mountains, he tried to make better and more reliable products and, right before WWII, he supported the revolutionary ideas of Vitale Bramani, founder of Vibram®, to develop rubber soles which would later replace existing soles of leather and iron studs.
1967: The first FUJIYAMA model was developed for the Japanese market and many years later it is still produced, although updated and renewed.
1970: Emilio, the son, took his father’s place and gradually moved from being a respected local manufacturer to a national and international supplier, supported in all ways and stages by his wife.
1973: The premises were moved from Schio to Pievebelvicino, at the foot of Small Dolomites, and the first sales abroad , mainly in Japan and the UK, were achieved.
1983: New and performing midsoles, MULTIFLEX and BIFLEX, made of elastic and light propylene were introduced. They allow optimal toe off and consistent flex pattern across all sizes.
1984: ALPIN LITE was born and was very successful, first in the UK market and then in many other markets.
1985: As a result of careful research Zamberlan realized a special tanning technique which preserves the natural characteristics of breathability and water resistance of leather: the brand HYDROBLOC® was conceived to recognize such prime quality leathers.
1986: Together with British customers Zamberlan created a specific last for the female foot (at a time when everything was still men’s or unisex). LADY LITE, women’s shoe par excellence, was launched and was a huge success.
1988: In collaboration with Vibram®, Zamberlan developed an exclusive sole, BIMESCOL, with double density rubber, which absorbed ground impact like no other sole did before.
1989: On the 25the of March the “Zamberlan Mountainsport” store was opened, mainly selling Zamberlan products with the addition of few other items complimentary to boots.
1990: “DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE” became the company’s payoff: discovering and knowing the difference is the key of a Zamberlan boot.
1992: Zamberlan entered the USA market and with pride begun to supply the main specialty outdoor chain: REI, a reference for the whole industry.
1993: Zamberlan begun to produce boots with the famous and absolutely revolutionary GORE-TEX® membrane.
1995: Zamberlan developed a special method to apply the rubber rand, named Rubber Reinforcement System, to completely preventing rubber rands to peel off the boots.
1996: Style CIVETTA GT was born and continues to prove to be a long term best seller, much appreciated in many foreign Countries.
1998: Zamberlan initiated its collaboration with Karl Bushby whose plan was to make the world tour on foot, with no stops and completely alone.
1999-2000: The factory space was more than doubled, using a project which involved the salvage of the historic main ditch that passes underneath the plant.
2000-2005: In these years productions moved to countries where the workforce is cheaper. Nevertheless Zamberlan stubbornly kept its production in Torrebelvicino and has always maintained the ”made in Italy” for the core of its collection.
2002: Marco and Maria the children that have always been somehow involved in the company’s life now start managing it more by themselves. Their main passions - the mountains and their job – continue to grow one into the other.
2005: Zamberlan started its collaboration with Cristina Castagna, the youngest Italian lady to conquer a 8000 mt.
2006: The premises were renewed combining modern architectural design and traditional materials (stone and wood). Two spires linked by a Tibetan bridge for climbing in the summertime were added.
2007: On the 27th of March the new store was open. It now covers 450 sqm and, besides Zamberlan boots, it offers a huge choice of quality products for mountain and outdoor activities. Mara, the youngest daughter is in charge of it.
2008: An inside climbing wall, unique in the area, was built and the AZA association was founded with more than 100 members.
Collaboration with Luca Vuerich, a young and very promising alpinist, begun for in-field testing of Zamberlan products.
Zamberlan is in more than of 40 countries and the export sales are far more than 90% of the total business.
2009: Zamberlan celebrates its 80th anniversary! For the occasion, the company sponsor an expedition of 6 alpinists, including Marco Zamberlan, to climb Baruntse in Nepal, 7127 meters tall. This same year the company's U.S. subsidiary was incorporated - Zamberlan USA, Inc.
2010: Zamberlan is awarded many International prizes, among them the OUTDOOR INDUSTRY AWARD 2010 for the TOFANE, recognizing this boot as one of the 15 most innovative products in the outdoor industry. That same year Zamberlan is awarded the prestigious BACKPACKER MAGAZINE EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD FOR THE 760 Steep GTX backpacking boot.
2011: Grand opening of the new climbing and camping store and of the Zamberlan XXL Climbing Centre, with one of the highest climbing wall in Europe, 20 meters high made in stone-like panels and fiberglass and equipped with 1700 holds.
2012: The new SPEED HIKING category is launched, a new family of very lightweight shoes of high technical performance.
2013: Zamberlan again is honored with the prestigious BACKPACKER MAGAZINE EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD for the 230 Crosser Plus GTX RR model of speed hiking boot. This is the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance.
2014: The Zamberlan TOFANE model is recognized with the EDITOR'S CHOICE & VALUE AWARDS from Overland Journal magazine, recognized for its lasting durability, performance and value relative to product life and quality.
ZAMBERLAN USA INC
1999/05 Zamberlan S.r.l.
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