EST 1683 – A FAMILY BUSINESS
The shoemaking tradition in Kirchanschöring dates back to 1683, when Petrus Meindl worked as the first shoemaker of the Meindl family in Kirchanschöring, Bavaria, Southern Germany.
Lukas Meindl began independently shoemaking and started the Meindl walking boot company we see today.
One of Lukas Meindl’s sons, Alfons Meindl, started working in the company. At this point only 10 People worked for Meindl.
Alfons Meindl visited a shoe fair in Munich for the first time, where he exhibited his handmade shoes.
Hannes Meindl, Alfons Meindl’s brother started work in the company. Now he runs the Meindl clothing company.
After the death of Lukas Meindl, Alfons and Hannes Meindl ran the company together.
Meindl started working in neighbouring countries, as there were not enough qualified people in Kirchanschöring. The idea of product categories was introduced and the first Meindl Outdoor booklet was published.
Meindl’s shoemakers won the German Footwear Championships.
Meindl sponsored the Everest-Lhotse-Expedition.
Hubert Hillmayer conquered Mt. Everest wearing Meindl walking boots.
Development of the first Meindl Multigrip sole. This is still a key component in many Meindl walking boots and is made by Vibram.
Meindl pioneered development of the trekking boot segment.
Meindl was one of the first companies in Europe to work with Gore-Tex and also developed the Meindl Air-Active Technology.
Lukas Meindl joined his father’s company. Now the eleventh generation of Meindl shoemakers is working in Kirchanschöring.
The new shoe production building in Kirchanschöring is completed.
Lars Meindl joined the company. Alfons Meindl now runs the company with his two sons.
Meindl “Island” model won the “European Outdoor” press award.
Shoe and boot production reached 750,000 pairs a year for the first time. Now estimated in excess of 1,000,000 pairs
Half a million pairs of Meindl’s most successful model, the Island Pro are sold in 10 years.
Meindl won three awards from the UK’s “Trail magazine”.
The Meindl Perfekt model continues in production having hardly changed in twenty years.
The first trekking boot with GORE-Skin technology was produced under the name ComfortDry.
New groups like Air Revolution and the Magic Line are launched. The group Air Revolution wins the ISPO Outdoor award. “European Outdoor Award” is also awarded to the AIR REVOLUTION. The readers of the German “Outdoor” magazine voted the Meindl ISLAND again their favourite boot. This year also saw the construction of the Relaxed Fit System together with Dr. Oliver Schröer. This was the forerunner to the current Comfort Fit System.
Meindl received more awards including Best Hiking and Mountaineering boots in Panorama magazine.
A new warehouse was built raising the logistics capacity of Meindl in order to meet increasing demand.
Development and presentation of the new line of MFS Vakuum and Light Hiker models.
Gear of the Year 2006 Award for the Island Pro MFS, Air Revolution 3.1 and Aruba GTX from “Outdoor” magazine.
Training, was once again the motto for this year: Numerous specialist dealers and consultants were invited to MEINDL in Kirchanschöring, where they learnt all about the elaborate and complex business of producing shoes.
The first Meindl shops in Prague and China were opened this year, both of which proved highly successful.
This year saw the establishment of the Alfons Meindl Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is the promotion and/or support of people who suffer hardship through no fault of their own and who do not receive sufficient support from other sources such as official authorities or social aid institutions. With this foundation, Lukas and Lars Meindl are continuing their father’s work.
During the Outdoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, Meindl & W.L. GORE celebrate 25 years of partnership. Alfons Meindl was one of the first shoe-makers to use a GORE-TEX membrane to line a boot.
No other trekking boot has won more awards during the last 20 years than the Meindl “Island”. The newest version, the “Island Active MFS” continued this tradition. The jury of the Outdoor Magazine Awards gave the Outdoor Editors’ Choice Award to the new Island model.
The Comfort fit range continues to grow and there are now 10 different styles of shoe and 7 styles of boots in the range. Meindl are seen as the leaders in this field.
Meindl launch the Identity range. The leather used to make each boot can be traced back to the local farm in Bavaria where it originated and through the identity number we are able to provide complete transparency of our suppliers and partners. The boots and shoes in the Identity range have a unique “fingerprint”.
Meindl have the first boot to travel faster than the speed of sound, 767 mph. Felix Baumgartner used a pair of Meindl boots in his “Jump from Space”. He jumped from a space capsule which was at a height of 39,045 metres.
Meindl launch their range of new lightweight footwear which incorporates the new Gore-Tex SURROUND membrane.
New automated warehouse opens next to the main Meindl factory in Kirchanschöring.