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.
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.
- Cruised to the highest point in Slovenia, but getting back down not so much. Lucky enough though hitched a ride.
- Likes climbing. Sport, via ferrata, canyoneering, mountaineering… or should we say ‘loves’ climbing.
- Once stood face to face with a pack of wolves, but nothing beats the excitement of Christmas morning with his 3 little girls.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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