In 1920, Peter Mathias Røwde founded a rubber factory south of Oslo in Askim, Norway, and thus started the history of Viking Footwear, producing galoshes to protect shoes from wetness. Røwde recruited numerous rubber chemists, and the product portfolio soon evolved to include robust outdoor footwear such as rubber boots, work boots, and hunting and soccer boots. Today, Viking can count itself among one of the most important Scandinavian outdoor shoe specialists and has also established itself strongly in the children's sector.
With roots and headquarters in Norway, Viking is well acquainted with the capricious weather of Scandinavia. Now active for over 100 years in the manufacture of footwear for outdoor use, the products are perfectly adapted to harsh conditions and promise optimal protection of the feet from the elements. From the beginning, Viking's goal has been to ensure that everyone can enjoy the adventures of the outdoor world safely and in comfort, whether young or old. The product range includes walkers for the little ones, rubber boots, jadg boots, sneakers, hiking boots, speedhikers and trail shoes for kids and adults.
When it comes to sustainability, Scandinavian outdoor brands are far ahead of the curve when it comes to pioneering roles. In addition, in 2020 Viking began to transform internal and external operations to minimize emissions as well as waste in the long term, and also to have the lowest possible impact on the environment through the selection of raw materials or manufacturing methods used, with the goal of becoming climate positive by 2030. In 2021, scientifically based targets have been set that will be strictly implemented. Currently, the footprint of individual products such as rubber boots or functional shoes is being investigated. This data can then be used to go into detail and perfect the value and supply chain even for individual products.