Merrell was established in 1981 when two executives for the Rossignol ski company, Clark Matis and John Schweizer, decided to launch a new maker of hiking boots based in Waitsfield, Vermont. The pair decided to join forces with R.J. Merrell, a maker of highly-praised custom boots. Matis set to work designing an affordable high-performance boot, which was developed in 1982.Plans were made for production of the new line in factories located in Italy. In 1983, the new Merrell company delivered its first product to the market, making shipments to a pair of east coast retailers specializing in hiking gear.
Today, they have set out to inspire the outdoor athlete in everyone with products at the horizon of performance and style. That is their calling. That is their mission. A recognized leader in product design and innovation, Merrell delivers some of the finest footwear and apparel for on and off the trail. Made as tough as those who wear them, and just as dependable.