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.
When you buy a pair of Oboz, we plant One More Tree.
In partnership with Trees for the Future, every Oboz purchase means another tree is planted in your honor to help reduce CO2 and improve biodiversity while creating sustainable sources of crop shade, soil rehabilitation, food, windbreaks, medicine, mudslide control and more for communities that need them. Proof our shoes don’t just feel good on your feet, they make you feel good, too.trees for the future
Find a One More Tree Event near you.
Join us for a One More Tree Event near you. For simply trying on a pair of Oboz, you’ll be given a sapling to take home and plant, or we’ll plant one for you.events
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.
Our HQ is powered by clean wind energy. 100% of our office juice comes from Wind Farms in Central Idaho and Washington, through the EPA Green Power Partnership.
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 our planet. It’s a mindset that grounds us in what’s most important, doing things the right way. Because any other 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.
We cut premium material,
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.
- Former owner of Captain Snow Ball. Sold snow cones, wore cape. What's funny?
- Builds most of the team's office furniture. Which is why we all have sawdust on our computers.
- Had to start his own footwear company because he'd already worked for all the other ones. (Mostly.)
- 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.)
- Your other 30 favorite outdoor shoe brands? Chuck worked for them too—before Oboz.
- Can't spell. Can peak-bag, windsurf, kiteboard, backpack, run, mountain bike, and ski.
- Winner of a zillion footwear awards. Highest honor? Making his kids laugh until they barf.
- Bona-fide ski-movie star. Not gonna tell you which one.
- Develops shoes, then sees how fast he can wear them out: running, hiking, climbing…
- Once got lost in Baja, almost drowned, slept in the dirt, and escaped on a motorcycle. "It was awesome.
- Loves to take what's on paper and make it into something you can hold in your hand. Or put on your feet.
- Was able to sneak up on 6 bears while carrying a canoe... not on purpose.
- Enjoys getting lost & found in the same day while looking for alpine lakes to fish.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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
- Moved to Montana to work in a fly-fishing lodge.
- Rammed a parked car on her bike. Converted to avid hiking.
- Unstoppable. Especially when stalking fish, devouring books, and bingeing on New Girl episodes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thinks any hike that ends in hot springs is a winner, hard to argue with that.
- Will never dye her hair purple again. Maybe Oboz green?
- Used to sing for tips. If you see her ask for a song, but be prepared to pay.
- 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
- Loves camping in the Sawtooths, but will also take it to the sidewalk. As long as Tom Petty tickets are involved.
- Started in the footwear industry wear-testing back in the ‘70s for Blue Ribbon Sports. Later changed their name to Nike.
- Learns just as much from his kids as they learn from him… maybe learns more from them.
- Loves camping anytime, unless: you’re in a tent, it’s midnight, sub-zero and you gotta go.
- Enjoys the freedom & independence of the great outdoors. Oh, and drinking wine on his front porch.