A vision that began ten years ago in Bozeman, Montana now has roots around the world.
We love the outdoors. And the way we figure, the more trees, the more outdoors for us all to enjoy. It's about as simple as that.
We plant a tree for every pair of oboz sold.
And that’s just the beginning. Join us.
No Wasted Shoes
The shoes we don't sell make a difference, too. We donate our unsellable (but still trail-worthy) shoes, partnering with Project Sole and local non-profits to find feet in need.
We carbon-offset our shoe shipments—and then some. We also carbon-offset all employee travel, commuting (although almost everybody bikes), and the office utility bill with the help of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
100% of our office juice comes from wind, solar and biomass from northwest Montana and Wyoming, through the E+ Green Power Partnership supported by Northwestern Energy.
There's no place like home.
Bozeman, Montana. It's where it all started. It's what inspired our name. And it's what motivates us to lace up daily and explore the 18 million acres of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that surround us. A vast and breathtaking landscape of peaks, valleys and rivers just waiting to be explored on two feet.
Outside + Bozeman = Oboz.
At the heart of everything we do are the folks who make the magic happen. A group of likeminded footwear-industry vets who left our big-brand jobs back in 2007 intent on doing business a better way. So far so good, if you ask us.
True To The Trail®
It's the compass heading that guides everything we do. From building great fitting footwear to how we give back to our community and the way we treat each other and our planet. It's a mindset that grounds us in what's most important - doing things the right way, having fun, and exploring our path in life. Because any other way, just wouldn't be true to the trail.
280 hands touch every pair before you do.
The difference between good and great fitting footwear is the human touch. That's why it takes 140 talented people to make each pair we sell. Sure it's harder to hand-build footwear this way, but it's the right way.
Oboz Supply Chain.
Every hand that creates a pair of Oboz shoes belongs to someone in our global supply chain. In this context being true to the trail means an ongoing commitment to their welfare and wellbeing as members of the wider Oboz family and brand. We work collaboratively to protect their rights, promote their ongoing development and positively impact their lives so they can also live - true to the trail.
- Amy Beck, Oboz President
We cut premium material, not corners.
Tested in the lab and in the field our materials are carefully selected from known suppliers and developed to spec. All our material suppliers are verified for environmental and social compliance by our full-time factory staff.
- Born a Hoosier but has called the Rockies home for the last 15+ years
- Conservation Alliance board member and outdoor enthusiast who loves animals, yoga, skiing, biking, hiking...and lots of live music.
- A passionate traveler: Africa holds a special place in her heart.
- Can work the calculator keypad at warp speed—while holding a conversation.
- Sucker for Oreos, 60s pop, and the Oboz soccer team.
- Hospitalized in botched cat rescue attempt. (Sorry, kitty.)
- Hometown in Germany is where the world’s strongest beer is brewed. Hope he brings back samples sometime.
- An inventor of the sport Ultimate Croquet. Think full contact with mallets, beverage in hand required and dressed to the nines.
- Just started backcountry skiing, but already has the bug to heli-ski in Alaska.
- A Montana native that loves hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, biking, etc… truly Oboz through and through.
- Started in the outdoor industry way back in the Youth Conservation Corps. Old school.
- Loves working with people around the world to get more Oboz on more feet.
- Skis can double as a lift-line bed when you're serious about first chair.
- Paid for Japan ski trip by subsisting on free pizza from former job. Every day. For a year.
- Skiied Niseko powder. Hut-toured Alaska. Still ranks Bridger Bowl #1.
- Grew up near Glacier National Park. College and career by Yellowstone.
- Float, fish, good.
- Loves sand and sun (but she'll take snow and mountains).
- Excels at the 100-yard dash. Particularly when chased by a bison.
- Traded the thrill of skydiving for the (slightly safer/cheaper) rush of rockhounding.
- According to the two men in her life (Maximillian I and II), builds a mean Lego spaceship.
- Loves to hike where & whenever she can with her hard charging rescue dog Peanut.
- Favorite holiday is Christmas. Um, because that's when Santa comes.
- Ironman Triathlon done. Once, and will only be once. That's enough.
- Past lives: raft guide, camp counselor, kayak instructor, ski racer, NOLS grad.
- Past homes: '83 Toyota SR5 long-bed pickup truck. Half red, half…rust.
- Only works in the outdoor industry. Hardest job? Blueberry raker. (No, wait—being a dad.)
- Prefers driving for days over flying for a few hours.
- Skied semi-pro on the East Coast before discovering Montana's "cold smoke" powder; easier on the knees.
- Talks to his dog and is convinced he understands the meaning of life.
- Started in footwear back when purple spandex was cool—the first time.
- Thinks one should shave regularly. Like once a year.
- Survived a three-day Oboz interview. (We're picky.)
- Likes Bryce National Park so much his kid is named after it. He highly recommends a visit if you can.
- As a teacher he took students all over the country hiking. Now he gets to travel all over and teach about hiking footwear.
- Loves to get people connected to the outdoors. Just ask and he’ll try to help you.
- Thinks small talk with a stranger is more terrifying than encountering a grizzly bear, but has practiced being an extrovert so much you really can't tell
- Survived a near-death experience while fly fishing. No, not with a bear, just some wet moss
- Can out-grill your dad
- Wonders where Montana's humidity is after living in VA, FL, SC and WI.
- In grad school, led a 30-day, 9-credit Wilderness course for undergrad students.
- Fav travels are a winter yurt trip in the UP, Puerto Rico, Vietnam and Tanzania; fav quote is "without a plan you cannot deviate".
- An avid solo peak-bagger of the mountains in Montana… does a dog count?
- Started in a gear shop at 15. Lives and breathes the outdoors.
- First backpacking experience as a young sprout was an 80 mile, week long trek. Soreness lasted for days but love of hiking forever.
- It all started with an internship in Glacier National Park…he never looked back; MT is home.
- Has an obsessive, flat brim hat collection.
- When he's not biking, skiing, boating, or camping, you'll find him trying to keep the knots out of his daughters’ hair.
- Family calls him Corey, but you can call him Baggins on the trail.
- AT, PCT, CDT...check, check and check. Hiker Trash for life.
- Considers M&Ms the best snack even if they're in the dirt, thanks to their protective candy shell.
- Hiker, angler, cross country skier, and wild food forager (especially morels; she even has a morel keychain).
- Moved to MT from MN to graduate from MSU with a degree in sustainability.
- Met her husband in Astronomy 101—can't get more "star crossed lovers" than that!
- Doodler. Angler. Shredder. Maker. Fixer.
- Celebrates both seasons in Montana…snowboard and cycling seasons, and the small places they overlap.
- Wrangler, bedtime reader, inspirer and proud co-creater of three magical children.
- Earned the name Bobcat on the Selway River in ‘06...small raft, high water, awesomely terrifying.
- Considers making shoes less risky than rock climbing.
- Climbing: the most amazing time you’ll ever have. Skiing: the most fun.
- Human of the world record holder of the dog mile... Odessa.
- Despite the last name and bird dog, has never hunted.
- University of Florida track & field alum. Go Gators!
- Has sewn since age 4 and comes from a wool growing family; call her a master with sheep shearers.
- Loves the snow. Winter is her favorite!
- Also loves hiking in national and state parks, especially when they have crystals.
- Grew up in the Oregon rain and moved to Colorado when she realized you don't have to ski in a trash bag.
- When she’s not up for an alpine start and high peaks, she’s primarily a pillow for her cat.
- Believes every adventure should be accompanied by a pocket pizza.
- Was named after a Nickelodeon character
- As a kid, won an ornamental wooden cane in a 4-H pig showmanship contest
- Grew up in Bozeman then moved to Salt Lake City for the mountains and college, then to Portland to design shoes. Working at Oboz combines both, so he’s extra stoked to be back!
- Once quit her job to backpack for 3 years across multiple countries. Now that is True to the Trail.
- Loves ANY outdoor activity… except for skiing.
- Ululu, Australia is her favorite. Stars from horizon to horizon.
- Is in for any road trip that involves the mountains on one side and the coast on the other.
- Loves any holiday that gives him a three-day weekend, i.e. another day to hit the trail.
- Feels like it’s never to late to start a hike. Especially if there is a sunrise on the other end.
- Stand-up comedian.
- Car thief.
- Spent the first half of life on an Ohio farm, second half in the Rocky and White Mountains.
- Freed the heel skiing for 14 seasons then smartened up.
- Would still be a triathlete if it wasn’t for the biking.
- First learned the importance of some good GORP and a pocket knife in VT, but still lives by it in MT.
- Started out precision fitting ski boots. Now he helps precision fit Oboz.
- Once mono-skied. Once and only once, enough said.
- Brought extreme canoeing to Montana. Briefly. (RIP, canoe.)
- Can see Minnesota from his boyhood home in Wisconsin. Talks like it, too.
- Bikes, hikes, skis, camps, fishes and ice climbs. Don't ask about swimming.
- Competitive ball fetcher.
- Summited most peaks in Montana with my human.
- Strongly dislikes the word kitty.