Strassbergers was born in 1830 when German Rhenish missionaries Baron Theobold Von Wumb and Reverend Johann Gottlieb Leipolt founded the settlement of Wupperthal in the Tra-Tra Valley, deep in the heart of the Cederberg mountains. But don’t be fooled; the landscape is as harsh as it’s breathtaking and travellers and residents soon realised they needed shoes as though as the landscape. In 1834 Leipoldt opened the Wupperthal shoe factory. The handmade genuine leather shoes grew in popularity amongst both the mobile ‘trekboere’ (Dutch and British colonists) was well as the resident population of the Cederberg – and the Strassbergers legend was born. As a family-owned business, Strassbergers is now in its fourth generation.
The Strassberger factory as it stands today was only built in 1980. It is centrally located in Clanwilliam and houses the manufacturing floor, storage facilities, the company’s administration offices and a show room where you can try on and buy your favourite Strassberger shoes. In keeping with the heritage of Strassbergers, 80% of the manufacturing process is still done by hand. Certain aspects of construction have been mechanised to ensure the best quality shoe money can buy, but for the most part your shoe is put together by hand by a skilled team of professionals.
While keeping firm to the traditional designs that have made Strassbergers one of the best leather shoes in the country, the factory has also expanded its fashion ranges. These include shoes for men, ladies and children. So, now even the most discerning dresser will be able to find a shoe to compliment any outfit.
It was the ruggedness of Strassbergers shoes that made them a household name in South Africa and now, incorporating modern technologies and materials, Strassbergers is producing shoes that are even tougher than before. So if you’re looking for a hard working shoe to keep your feet safe and comfortable while working in the fields, on a hike or on a hunting trip, look no further. Strassbergers shoes can also be resoled, so you don’t have to buy a new pair of shoes every time your sole wears out.
There’s no question about it – if you’re looking for a great shoe that will last you a lifetime, pop in at Strassbergers or one of our stockists and find the pair for you.