Meindl: a Bavarian family business
For more than 300 years, there has been a Meindl master shoemaker in Kirchanschöring. The 8th generation, Alfons and Hannes Meindl, have made the brand a household name in the world of footwear and leather goods. Even today, Meindl has an excellent reputation. And yet Alfons Meindl was not satisfied. His ambition to develop footwear that made the mountains easier and safer was his obsession.
The beginning of a successful collaboration: Meindl and Gore-Tex®.
Alfons Meindl is very critical, but he recognizes the enormous potential of Gore-Tex®: light, waterproof and breathable footwear. This was the beginning of a long collaboration.
The first successes with this new material:
Gore-Tex® promises excellent properties: lightweight, tear-resistant, vapour-permeable and therefore breathable, waterproof, inert, heat-resistant, with a low friction coefficient. But there was still no ideal solution for making waterproof shoes.
3. Open construction: the membrane is inserted between the upper leather and a textile lining. The "Bottom Fil" technology is then patented by Meindl. Meindl has tested, tried and thought about it a lot over the years.
Bob Gore invents a new material: ePTFE
The new technology arrives at the same time as a new Meindl generation in the company.
Meindl Air ACTIVE® system is developed
The "climate" revolution for mountain and hiking boots: Meindl Air Revolution®.
The discovery of the Air Active® construction became the inspiration for the next Meindl innovation: Air Revolution® technology.
The special feature of this technology is that moisture is transported directly from the foot to the outside, even before the membrane. The central element here is the loose, open-pored flap, which functions as a pump in the shoe and also acts as a cushion.
The special treatment of the Gore-Tex® membrane in the upper structure, in combination with highly vapour-permeable outer materials, makes a noticeable difference here in terms of climatic comfort.
MFS System for the Island
Meindl develops the first Island with the MFS® concept. The specially developed foam in the upper is deformed by body temperature and follows the exact shape of the foot. This minimizes pressure points and blisters and increases wearing comfort without reducing climate comfort.
Individualized footwear with the MFS® Vakuum® concept
The idea behind this concept is simple: a stable outer upper for safety, combined with a particularly soft and adaptable inner lining. The MFS® foam is processed over the entire upper and thus adapts perfectly to the entire foot. To avoid seams in the heel, Gore-Tex® Stretch is used as a lining in the heel area. The insole is also equipped with memory foam and adapts to the foot.
Gore-Tex® Surround® - 360° Climate Comfort
The result of 35 years of collaboration: the Gore-Tex® Surround® concept lets feet breathe everywhere, and guarantees lasting waterproofing. The truly unique construction wicks perspiration away from the feet in the form of water vapour in all directions, even through the sole.
Gore-Tex® Invisible Fit
The membrane is directly connected to the lining. Without an additional layer, the shoes are particularly breathable.
A legend in motion: Meindl Island
Our guiding principle has always been to build a high-quality, durable and reliable companion for feet. Our goal for the future remains to be able to offer the best fitting shoe for the foot, perfectly suited for every use. Whether it's for easy hiking in the low mountains or for alpine tours. With Meindl and Gore-Tex®, you will always have a reliable companion on your feet.