In 1852 Hiram Hutchinson, an American engineer living in France, met Charles Goodyear, who had just invented the vulcanisation process for natural caoutchouc. While Goodyear decided to manufacture tyres, Hutchinson bought the patent to manufacture footwear and initiated the production of first watertight boots worldwide in 1853.
Today, our 200 master rubber craftsman continue to hand make almost 3000 pairs of boots every day. It takes a master rubber craftsman 2 years to fully master the 60 production steps required to make a pair of AIGLE boots from 1.2 kg organic rubber.
In the 20th century the company expanded into the production of sports shoes and clothing and has over 300 stores worldwide as in 2016. The unique French expertise, passed down from generation to generation for 160 years in our Chậtellerault workshops, ensures that our boots, shoes and clothing combine authenticity, and practicality. High quality and attention to detail are the core principles of every collection design, which guarantee a perfected and long-lasting product, that suit city as well as country lifestyles.