Our Story

Born in 1927, discover the story behind one of the world's most iconic boot brands

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Over 85 years of expert bootmaking

Le Chameau are the only rubber boots to be handcrafted by a single master bootmaker, each pair is unique. Using the highest quality materials and with a range of iconic and innovative styles, Le Chameau Maîtres Bottiers have been making our boots for over 85 years. Our processes are a unique combination of traditional skills, passed from master to apprentice, and technical innovation which has kept us at the forefront of our craft. Over time technology, flair and craftsmanship have created collections for all occasions – for town and country.  Discerning men and women all over the world are devotees of Le Chameau boots.

Le Chameau Rubber

LA PROVENANCE

The origins of a Le Chameau boot begin with the design and sourcing of our material.  We pick only the finest ingredients: our natural rubber, our leathers and our neoprene linings are of the highest quality.

LE-MAÎTRE-BOTTIER

LE MAÎTRE-BOTTIER

After months of training and experience, our craftsmen earn the title of master boot maker. 

Le Chameau L'Innovation

L'INNOVATION

Le Chameau was the first boot maker to combine leather and rubber, the first to use a zip and the first to offer a gusset.  We continue to innovate in the design and technical benefits of our boots. 

Le Chameau LA COULEUR

LA COULEUR

Le Chameau is a master in the art of colouring natural rubber. The result is timeless and iconic shades such as Vert Chameau but also seasonal colours composed of subtle and refined nuances. 

 

Le Chameau Timeline

1927
1939
1949
TODAY

The Le Chameau story begins on a rainy day in Cherbourg in 1927.

Mr Chamot set out to create a new type of boot, that would withstand the rigours of the countryside, and at sea. Fashioning his prototypes from natural rubber, he asked those around him to test them.

Before long, customers from all over France were coming to his store to be fitted for their own bespoke boots.

In 1949 Mr Chamot was sufficiently confident to invest in a new factory - in Casablanca, Morocco, where Normandy trained bottiers ensured the Chamot standards were upheld.

In 1950, Mr Chamot combined the expertise of the maitre bottier with that of the saddler to create the Saint-Hubert- the first rubber boot to have a leather lining. The Saint-Hubert became a mark of discernment among country professionals and remains so, more than 60 years later.

Today, Le Chameau continues to set the standards of performance for all rubber boots. Mr Chamot would still feel at home in the ateliers. It still takes nine months of intensive training to become a Le Chameau “Maître bottier”; It’ is this commitment to skill and dedication to craft that truly sets the brand and its products apart.

Claude Chamot, had spent the day listening to his customers - farmers, hunters and fishermen complaining that their boots were neither comfortable, not durable. So he decided to do something about it.

Comfortable and hard-wearing, everyone who tried them loved them. Making pioneering use of vulcanisation for greater durability, the boots were improved and refined, and gradually Mr Chamot’'s reputation grew.

By 1939, Mr Chamot had acquired a workshop in Normandy and produced his boots on a larger scale. His craftsmen maintained the exceptional quality that ensured his reputation.

To mark the expansion, and with a nod to Morocco, Mr Chamot renamed his company «Le Chameau» (the camel), relishing the opportunity for word-play.

Equally trail-blazing was Mr Chamot’'s belief in the importance of customer service and after-care, a tradition that lives on to this day with all footwear covered by a 2-year warranty.

Le Chameau has devotees in every corner of the world, from outdoor professionals and sporting connoisseurs, who expect comfort and performance, to style-conscious rural and urban consumers.

Le Chameau Timeline

1927
1939
1949
TODAY

The Le Chameau story begins on a rainy day in Cherbourg in 1927.

Claude Chamot, had spent the day listening to his customers - farmers, hunters and fishermen complaining that their boots were neither comfortable, not durable. So he decided to do something about it.

Mr Chamot set out to create a new type of boot, that would withstand the rigours of the countryside. Fashioning his prototypes from natural rubber, he asked those around him to test them.

Comfortable and hard-wearing, everyone who tried them loved them. Making pioneering use of vulcanisation for greater durability, the boots were improved and refined, and gradually Mr Chamot'’s reputation grew.

By 1939, Mr Chamot had acquired a workshop in Normandy and produced his boots on a larger scale. His craftsmen maintained the exceptional quality that ensured his reputation.

In 1949 Mr Chamot was sufficiently confident to invest in a new factory - in Casablanca, Morocco, where Normandy trained bottiers ensured the Chamot standards were upheld.

To mark the expansion, and with a nod to Morocco, Mr Chamot renamed his company «Le Chameau» (the camel), relishing the opportunity for word-play.

In 1950, Mr Chamot combined the expertise of the Maître bottier” with that of the saddler to create the Saint-Hubert- the first rubber boot to have a leather lining. The Saint-Hubert became a mark of discernment among country professionals and remains so, more than 60 years later.

Equally trail-blazing was Mr Chamot’'s belief in the importance of customer service and after-care, a tradition that lives on to this day with all footwear covered by a 2-year warranty.

Today, Le Chameau continues to set the standards of performance for all rubber boots. M. Chamot would still feel at home in the ateliers. It still takes nine months of intensive training to become a Le Chameau “Maître bottier”; It’ is this commitment to skill and dedication to craft that truly sets the brand and its products apart.

Le Chameau has devotees in every corner of the world, from outdoor professionals and sporting connoisseurs, who expect comfort and performance, to style-conscious rural and urban consumers.

Why Le Chameau?

Authenticity

Le Chameau has remained close to its heritage and original manufacturing methods through our historical workshop in Morocco since 1949.

Comfort

Those who wear Le Chameau really appreciate the comfort of our premium materials, construction and fit.

Handcrafted

We are the only rubber brand to use a Maître Bottier who personally assembles all the materials to make each individual boot.

Fit

Le Chameau have a range of boots in individual calf sizes and special fits which means we can offer a truly personalized fit.

Performance

With the highest standards of construction in rubber, leather, linings, soles and trims, the legendary quality of our boots is famous.

Innovation

Innovation is in our DNA. We were the first to offer an adjustable boot, a zip and a leather lining. We continue to innovate, in the design and technical benefits, maintaining a tradition of “ premium ” boots.

Warranty

Our rubber boots are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for 2 years from date of purchase.