The HIstory of Le Chameau
Le Chameau is a brand that has always been associated with supreme handcrafted waterproof boots, going as far back as 1927 when Claude Chamot was inundated with complaints from local farmers and fishermen who were unable to find a comfortable and durable boot. Mr Chamot began the task of creating a series of prototypes for a natural rubber welly, the key innovation to his design was the pioneering use of vulcanisation to create a long lasting durable boot. The reception he received from those who tested his prototype gave him the confidence to pursue a career making highly durable rubber wellies. In 1939 he opened a workshop in Normandy and due to the continued increase in demand, he eventually invested in a new factory in Casablanca, Morocco, this move inspired a change of name to the brand that bears his legacy (Le Chameau), which in French means ‘The Camel’.
The boots are all hand crafted by a Maître Bottier who require at least 9 months of training, exemplifying the commitment to craftsmanship and quality that is guaranteed in every pair of waterproof Le Chameau Wellington boots.
Le Chameau continues to develop their boots, as exemplified by their product development team producing a variety of technologies unique to their products. This included LCX technology, a five-layer construction to ensure an insulated, breathable and waterproof boot. Shank reinforcement provides a stable sole, diminishing the load of the wearer’s feet and calves on uneven terrain. The rigid nature of the reinforcement improves comfort and protects and allows for greater mobility. The Le Chameau gusset is tested at every step of development to ensure the boot is 100% waterproof and accompanies a calf tightening strap for a variable calf fitting. Additionally the rubber is salt water resistant, preventing salt abrasion and designed to maximise the longevity of the boot in water. The ‘Agricultural range’ uses specially refined rubber to make the boot manure resistant, preventing reactions with strong chemicals and warm environment.
Le Chameau boots are made to the highest standard with quality materials and innovative technologies that are designed to provide the wearer with a practical, versatile and comfortable boot.
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