Or the story of a family passion around the design and manufacture of top quality footwear for over 300 years.
In the 17th century Petrus Meindl is mentioned as the first shoe manufacturer in Kirchanschöring. Since then, there have been Meindl manufacturers without interruption. Today it is the 9th generation that continues the tradition.
As a master shoemaker for more than 9 generations, Meindl continues to combine tradition, quality and innovation in all models offered. From the Norwegian double-stitched to the Gore-Tex® lined model, Meindl offers a complete range of shoes for all outdoor activities: from the high mountains and glaciers to the city, hiking or family.
Alfons Meindl was already advocating for the environment as early as 1976 in a mountaineering manual and in March 2006 the company was awarded the Bavarian State Medal for environmental and health protection. Today, Meindl still manufactures shoes for people who love nature and spend their free time in it.
With shoes from the Identity® range, you have access to full product traceability all the way to the alpine pastures where the uppers come from. Meindl is thus the first company in the world to provide this full traceability. To do so, simply enter the number on the inside of the shoe on www.identity-leder.de.
In addition to this traceability, the shoes in the Identity® collection benefit from the Terra Care Zero® label, awarded to the Heinen tannery, which is committed to designing its leather with the greatest respect for the environment and with the objective of minimum CO2 emissions.
This classification was created more than 40 years ago by Meindl, to facilitate the choice of models.
Despite decades of knowledge and experience, Meindl has been constantly innovating and inventing in order to constantly question and improve products.
Compared to a trekking form, the shape of the Comfort fit® models leaves more space in the forefoot with a firm grip in the heel. You stand on a wider base. This more defined shape makes it much easier to unroll your foot when walking.
1- More space for the toes
2- More width for a better fit of the big toe
3- Wider position thanks to a wider sole
4- Perfect fit thanks to a fitted heel
On the hiking models of the Comfort Fit® line, an insole completes the shoe. Combining the Comfort Fit® shoe with the Comfort Fit® cork insole offers the best possible combination of comfort for the foot. The construction of the insole consists of several layers that are supported by an anatomical cork last. A shock absorber is integrated in the heel area.
With a handmade design and soft materials, the SportOmed series is based on the Comfort Fit® concept and special attention to the absence of seams in the front of the foot. A special feature of the SportOmed line is the volume adjustment, which allows you to customize your shoe to fit different insoles. If more space is required, the pad between the insole and outsole can be removed.
Meindl first introduced this revolutionary technology more than 20 years ago! Since then, the Air Revolution® system has continued to excel with its climate management inside the shoe. Thanks to continuous development, the system is still THE system for better ventilation inside trekking and alpine boots.
The tongue adjacent to the foot is a combination of mesh and perforated cushioning foam. The Air Revolution® tongue extends well above the foot to facilitate air circulation. It is attached at certain points in the shoe to improve air circulation.
Footwear and foot fit are the most outstanding features of MFS Vakuum® technology. The idea behind this technology is to combine outer stability and inner comfort. The special foam that runs down to the toes guarantees a perfect fit. The elasticity of Gore-Tex® in the heel area is incredible, eliminating heel seams. The Air-Active® Vakuum® insole adapts perfectly to the foot thanks to the combination of foam and fabric, providing very good support at the same time.
A system that works: the Variofix® lacing system provides perfect footwear and has been continuously improved over the years. At the heel, the Variofix® system runs around the heel and provides perfect foot support. When lacing, the "Speed Wire" is pulled evenly around the heel and wedges the foot to the bottom of the shoe, thus preventing blisters and rubbing.
The insole of the Meindl children's shoes can be easily removed. Also, they are marked to quickly identify whether they are still the right size for the child.
The shoes in the Alpine range (Wildhorn GTX®, Jorasse GTX®, Breithorn GTX®), as well as other models (Litepeak Pro GTX®, Air Revolution Alpin) have cleats (semi-automatic or automatic).
A stretch zone is integrated in the heel area, making the sleeve much more elastic. The shoe is closer to the foot, without additional pressure.
Meindl shoes from the MFS® range provide the ideal footwear. By combining several types of foam at the ankle and heel, the shoes can adapt to different foot shapes once warmed by the body.
THE MFS ® PRINCIPLE : MFS foam at the heel and SOFT-PRINT foam in the sole adapt perfectly to the shape of the foot thanks to the body's heat and the pressure exerted when walking.
This technology allows the footwear to be breathable and waterproof. This unique construction allows the foot to stay dry.
Meindl offers several models with different foot widths, always with a view to offering the best shoe.
W - Wide: 10mm are removed from the shoe around the foot
M - Medium: the shoe has a standard width
S - Slim: 12.5mm are added to shrink the shoe.
Meindl has been designing and manufacturing shoes and boots of the highest quality for over 300 years. This tradition is the reason why Meindl maintains the handmade work of double-stitching. As this method requires a great deal of experience and know-how, only a few master shoemakers are competent enough to master this method. Double-stitched shoes and boots are particularly strong and stable and can be recognised quickly by the visible double stitching at the edge of the shoe.