In 1853, Aigle revolutionised the world of footwear by using rubber as its core material for boot manufacture. Boots continue to be made by hand at Ingrandes, France near Chatellerault.
From preparation through to finishing, each stage takes place under the watchful eye of specialists. Firstly, the natural rubber mix endows the boots with all of their characteristics (suppleness, waterproof, sturdiness, comfort, etc.) Then the parts are assembled by hand on an aluminium last. The 3rd stage in the process involves vulcanisation of the boots in an autoclave at 140° to give them their definitive shape. Finally, each boot is carefully inspected to ensure that a high-performance, high-quality product is obtained.
AIGLE APPLIES ITS EXTENSIVE KNOW-HOW AND 150+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO ENSURE YOUR NEEDS ARE MET IN EVERY RESPECT.
Aigle History Timeline
1850: USA - Hiram Hutchinson, an American, meets Charles Goodyear who just invented the vulcanization process for rubber. Fascinated by this new discovery and the resulting material, Hutchinson buys the patent from Goodyear to manufacture footwear.
1853: France - Hutchinson establishes 'A l'Aigle' in France ('To the Eagle' to honor the bird that symbolizes America) and starts manufacturing rubber boots for farming activities.
In 1853, 95% of the French population is still working on fields with wooden clogs as it had been for generations. The new Aigle boots became an immediate success as for the first time farmers were able to come back from work with their feet dry and mud free.
Overtime, the company name will just become Aigle (pronounced 'Eh-gleu'), 'Eagle'.
Aigle's creation date '1853' is present as a logo on many boots.
1857: 4 years only after its creation, Aigle manufactures, by hand, 14 000 pairs of boots per day!
1903: Aigle's collection of rubber footwear and accessories now totals several hundred different items sold internationally.
1932: The company starts developing rubber and fabric footwear for leisure, and expands its clothing collection (addition of oilskins and reversible gabardines among others).
1953: Aigle employs 1850 people and manufactures 30,000 pairs of footwear per day.
1972: The range of watersports boots is launched to coincide with the Munich Olympic Games, in association with navigator Marc Pajot. The blue design with two horizontal white stripes has since become a classic.
1973: Launch of the Ecuyer horseback riding boot, utilizing an exclusive manufacturing process known as Slush Molding®.
1989: Launch of the first complete textile collection under the name 'Country' for hunting and other rural pursuits. Opening of the first Aigle owned shop in Paris on Boulevard Saint-Germain.
1991: Launch of the watersports textile collection.
1992: Aigle is a supplier to the America's Cup, allowing it to develop nautical products designed to excel in the most demanding and challenging situations.
1994: Aigle separates from the Hutchinson Group and is introduced to the French stock exchange.
1995: The company signs a licensing agreement with Japan for the expansion of Aigle shops on this territory.
1998: Aigle opens its first shop in Beijing.
2001: Introduction of the Actimum ranges, a technical label for high-performance Aigle products.
2003: Aigle celebrates its 150th birthday, signs a licensing agreement for the textile range in the US and becomes part of the Swiss conglomerate Maus Freres.
2004: Aigle grants CaliEagle exclusive rights for the distribution of rubber footwear in the USA. Today: Aigle is recognized worldwide as the company offering the best quality and design for rubber footwear. 95% of Aigle's collection is still handcrafted in France, benefiting from the company's unsurpassed knowledge in the vulcanization process of natural rubber and its unconditional attention to detail.
Aigle is No. 1 worldwide for the manufacture of high quality hunting boots (Parcours model) and horseback riding boots (Ecuyer model) as well as a European leader for nautical boots (Glenan, Glenan ISO, Skey, Bora and Maramu models are topsellers).