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Tradition in motion

Kastinger can look back on a long tradition – its shoes have been synonymous with innovative shoemaking for more than 100 years. This is because, whether they have a classic or modern design, Kastinger shoes all have one thing in common: they incorporate the latest technologies and ultra-modern materials.

This also why we speak of “tradition in motion”. Kastinger remembers its roots and its history – which form the basis of its brand image nowadays. However, standing still never did guarantee growth,

which is why Kastinger relies on the combination of old and new. On its basis and the innovative, modern technologies of our time. In the same way that you conquer mountains with Kastinger shoes, Kastinger conquers both present and future challenges.

Kastinger shoes get you through all weather conditions and are the perfect partner in sporting activities, however intense they may be. You can rest assured that, with Kastinger shoes, you’ll be prepared for the sheer diversity that nature can throw at you.

1909
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Hermann Kastinger establishes the parent company in
Seewalchen am Attersee. He produces women’s shoes,
men’s shoes and mountain boots.

1932

Max Kastinger

takes over the business from his father.
To begin with, he produces glued shoes as well as double-stitched shoes, and later starts mass-producing affordable street and winter shoes. Many people regard Max Kastinger as a trendsetter and a hero of the Attergau region.

He helps the company achieve great success, even reaching beyond Austria’s borders to America in 1953. He receives the Golden Badge of Honour of the Federal Republic of Austria for his extraordinary work.

1969

launches the first injection-moulded
ski boot with buckles.

1970

becomes a founding member of the newly 
established Austrian Ski Pool.

1972

WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN SAPPORO, JAPAN

Kastinger kits out the alpine downhill skiers.

1974

KASTINGER KITS OUT MOUNTAIN EXPEDITIONS.

Kastinger kits out the Himalaya Lohul expedition. Further orders follow, including ones to kit out the Austrian Caucasus expedition, the Pamir expedition, the Nepal Himalaya expedition and the Karakoram expedition. Hanni Wenzel also wins gold and silver medals in the Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz using Kastinger products. Willi Frommelt takes bronze while kitted out with Kastinger products.

Max Kastinger receives the honorary title of Kommerzialrat (Councillor of Commerce) in October 1974.

1976

MORE OLYMPIC SUCCESS

Further sporting success follows in the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck for professional athletes kitted out with Kastinger products. Kastinger continues to kit out mountain expeditions. Peter Habeler, the world-famous mountaineer, decides to only wear Kastinger climbing shoes in future. Kastinger undergoes further expansion and in 1977 maintains a workshop area measuring 18,000 square metres inside and produces 2,400 shoes daily.

1978

A GLOBAL SUCCESS

A global success on 8 May 1978: Wearing Kastinger shoes, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler become the first people to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen.

In the same year, Reinhold Messner conquers Nanga Parbat without supplementary oxygen, again wearing Kastinger shoes.

Hanni Wenzel wins the World Cup wearing Kastinger ski boots. Kastinger kits out the alpine teams from the USA, the Czech Republic, Japan, Lichtenstein and Austria.

1979

K2

Reinhold Messner makes a successful solo ascent of K2 in Kastinger shoes without using supplementary oxygen.

1995

TAKEOVER BY ERBACHER SKI + SPORT GMBH

After several years of financial constraints caused by different types of turmoil on the market and several changes of owner, the company is taken over by erbacher Ski + Sport GmbH from Bad Ditzenbach. The brand is continued.

2009

100 YEARS

The Kastinger brand celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

2012

RESTORED TO ORIGINAL GLORY

The Kastinger brand is relaunched – Kastinger is restored to its original glory. This is the beginning of a new era.

2015

Plus X Award

Three years after the brand’s relaunch, Kastinger wins the coveted Plus X Award in the Sportswear category for the Kastinger K-Tech Alpine Pro hiking boot. The award is presented around the world for the best brands and products.

2016

LEMIPAN GMBH BECOMES THE LICENSEE

Lemipan GmbH, from Pirmasens, Germany’s shoe hub, becomes the new licensee.

2018

Online

Kastinger’s new online brand profile goes live.

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