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1683

1683

The shoemaking tradition in Kirchanschöring dates back to 1683, when Petrus Meindl worked as the first shoemaker of the Meindl family in Kirchanschöring.

1928

1928

Lukas Meindl began independently shoemaking and started the company.

1934

1934

Lukas bought a stitching machine and started the production of clothing. At this time only two shoemakers were working in the company.

1948

1948

One of Lukas Meindl’s sons, Alfons Meindl, started working in the company. 
At this point 10 People worked for Meindl.

1949

1949

Mr. Alfons Meindl visited a shoe fair in Munich for the first time, where he exhibited his handmade shoes.

1955

1955

Hannes Meindl, Alfons Meindl’s brother started work in the company.
Now he runs the clothing company.

1974

1974

After the death of Lukas Meindl, Alfons and Hannes Meindl ran the company together.

1975

1975

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.

1976

1976

Meindl´s shoemakers won the German Footwear Championships.

1978

1978

Meindl sponsored the Everest-Lhotse-Expedition.

Hubert Hillmayer conquered Mt. Everest using Meindl-boots.

1979

1979

Development of the first Meindl Multigriff-sole. This is still a key component in many Meindl shoes and boots.

1981

1981

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.

1983

1983

Contract agreed for cross-country skiing boots using Salomon for the SNS-System.

1990

1990

Lukas Meindl joined his father’s company. Now the eleventh generation of Meindl shoemakers is working in Kirchanschöring.

1991

1991

Meindl nature committee founded.

1993

1993

Construction of a recycling-system for old boots together with DGW, D-Hannover.

1994

1994

Production of the first “Lightwalker” models.

1995

1995

The new shoe production building in Kirchanschöring is completed.

1996

1996

Lars Meindl joined the company. Alfons Meindl now runs the company with his two sons.

Meindl “Island” model won the “European Outdoor” press award.

1997

1997

Shoe and boot production reached 750,000 pairs a year.


A new range of shoes was created called Multi Terrain Hiker.

1999

1999

First issue of the Meindl magazine, “Movements” was published.

The new SOFTLINE product group was introduced.

Half a million pairs of Meindl’s most successful model, the Island Pro are sold in 10 years.

The readers of the German “Outdoor” magazine voted the Meindl ISLAND the best trekking boot.


Meindl won three awards from British “Trail” magazine.

2000

2000

The first trekking boot with GORE-Skin technology was produced under the name ComfortDry. The Multi Terrain Hiking (MTH) group is very popular with consumers. The Perfekt model continues in production having hardly changed in twenty years. The MTH group was the forerunner to the current popular Magic range.

2001

2001

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.

2002

2002

A new production area was added in the facility in Kirchanschöring adding an extra 30 % capacity in the lasting and finishing department.

2003

2003

The 750,000th pair of Island Pros were sold in this year.

2004

2004

Meindl received more awards including Best Hiking and Mountaineering boots in Panorama magazine.

2005

2005

A new warehouse was built raising the logistics capacity of Meindl in order to meet increasing demand.

2006

2006

Development and presentation of the new line of MFS Vakuum and Light Hiker models.

Magic line extended with new models.

Gear of the Year 2006 Award for the Island Pro MFS, Air Revolution 3.1 and Aruba GTX from “Outdoor” magazine.

2007

2007

Meindl presents its shoes at the start event of the Tour de Ski in Munich.

Award of the Bavarian State Medal 2006 for merit earned in the field of environmental protection and health on March 16, 2007 at “Residenz” in Munich.



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. Seminars were held for sports dealers where they learnt how to produce shoes of their own.

Numerous Nordic Walking events were organised this year. Master trainer Anke Faller trained many end users wearing Meindl shoes.

The first Meindl shops in Prague and China were opened this year, both of which proved highly successful.

Meindl shoes were ranked top by leading specialist German outdoor and mountaineering magazines, such as “Bergsteiger”, Outdoor Magazine and Alpine.

2008

2008

This year saw the establishment of the Alfons Meindl Foundation. At the beginning of the year, the foundation was recognised by the state. 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.


“Jäger” magazine awards the “Golden Keiler 2008” award to the ISLAND PRO MFS in the category “stalking boots”.

The editors of “”Outdoor” magazine award the Outdoor Innovations Award to the ISLAND PRO MFS, calling it “a milestone in outdoor equipment”.

The Timberking model, a special model for the forestry sector, received the Forest Engineering Award.

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.

2009

2009

During the Outdoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, a jury consisting of outdoor equipment dealers, journalists and product designers awarded Meindl the Outdoor Industry Award 2009 for the ISLAND MFS ACTIVE model.



Meindl shoes and boots won awards in many national and international tests. The readers of Outdoor magazine once again rate Meindl shoes as “products of the year”.

The AIR REVOLUTION 3.1 took first place in the hiking boot category. First place also went to the VAKUUM GTX in the trekking boot category, and the MAGIC 5.0 XCR came third in the multifunctional category!

2010

2010

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.


In October, the Outdoor magazine “Outdoor” voted the “Alpine Trek” model as test winner with the result “outstanding”.

2011

2011

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.

2012

2012

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”

2013

2013

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.

2015

2015

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.

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