Zamberlan - a family history
Italian quality bootmakers since 1929
Giuseppe Zamberlan, the grandfather, started the business right after the end of World War I.
From simple shoe repair he moved on to footwear production, driven both by necessity and by his big passion for his local mountain range, the Piccole Dolomiti.
He understood the poor performance of the early existing soles – made of leather with iron studs - and he both shared and supported the revolutionary ideas of Vitale Bramani, founder of Vibram, who was studying and developing rubber soles at the time.
These types of soles became accepted worldwide for the future. He bought the first machinery, started relationships with suppliers of raw materials, employed some co-workers and started a small workshop.
Of great importance was his wife - Maria - who became a skilled machinist and sewer.
Emilio, son of Giuseppe, grew up with the same huge passion for the mountains and helped his father to produce shoes until gradually he succeeded him. He continued his father’s work in directing the company towards foreign markets. Emilio was also supported by his own wife who helped him managing the company.
For more than 35 years now Zamberlan has been distributing to many European and worldwide markets and today more than 90% of its production is destined for export.
Now it is the turn of the third generation. Marco and Maria now manage the family company.
Like their forefathers they too inherited the enduring love and enjoyment of the mountains and for their work, so closely related to that enjoyment, which takes them through all stages of designing, manufacturing, testing and distributing the most comfortable footwear for this purpose. 80 years after the beginnings Zamberlan is distributed in more than 40 countries and continues to manufacture its most traditional and prestigious models in Italy.
Zamberlan is still managed and run by the family, ably assisted by a valuable team supported by skilled shoe technicians: this passion assures the handing on a tradition of quality, comfort and performance.
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