Made in Spain – a family led company
BOREAL produces all climbing shoes, mountaineering boots and the majority of the other products in-house at the factory in Villena. The unique rubber compounds are exclusively used throughout the whole rock shoe range and are produced in the own factory, as well as a smaller selection of the trekking sole units such as the famous FDS-3. BOREAL takes great care in sourcing raw materials from only the best suppliers and the overwhelming majority of the raw materials are sourced from within Europe.
Quality control is paramount and the on-site factory laboratory works constantly tests the quality of all raw materials entering the factory.
Although many processes are mechanised, the footwear remains handmade and this is reflected in the finished product. There is no substitute for the keen eye and ‘feel’ of an experienced artisan and this is why BOREAL chooses to do many things in the traditional way. For example, all leather hides are individually inspected for imperfections and then orientated and cut by hand to make best use of the infinite subtle variations of grain and stretch of the leather hide. Skills like this take time to learn and cannot simply be replicated by a computer.
Probably the best part of BOREAL is the committed team of people working at the factory in Villena, Spain. Many employees stay at BOREAL for their entire careers. The company values and rewards the employees and we believe this is reflected in the consistent high quality of the footwear produced.
In 2015 BOREAL turned 40 years old and is a still a family-led company which is focused solely on footwear manufacturing. Jesús Jr. was born the exact same day that the company was founded and today he and his brother Jorge have taken the reins of the company. The next chapter of BOREAL is in full momentum and their father, Jesús Sr., continues to celebrate every day the success that has been created.