5 things you didn’t know about Kamik

Behind every great company, there’s a story—Kamik happened to take shape over the course of a century.
How well do you know the brand you’ve been walking around in?
Retrace Kamik’s steps and discover 100 years of boot-making history.

  1. It’s a family affair

Kamik For the past 120 years, four generations of the Cook family have been so passionate about keeping feet dry with quality footwear. Since our founding in 1898, Kamik has come a long way, but it’s always been a priority to keep the business in the family.
The company is now operated by the son and grandchildren of William Cook, who bought out the Charron Boot Company in 1932. As a family-owned and operated company, we’re proud that modern families around the world are stepping outside in Kamik boots.

  1. Made right here in North America

These days, buying local is all the rage—for food, clothing and footwear alike. As of today, 73% of Kamik products are manufactured in North America according to high quality standards. We also have three plants close to the company’s biggest markets (Montreal, Littleton and New Hamburg).
What goes hand in hand with keeping things local? Going green!
In addition to creating local jobs, we care about protecting the environment by reducing CO2 emissions from shipping. “We have always had a green mindset and we are always looking for new ways to improve our processes,” says Joe Bichai, Kamik’s vice-president of manufacturing.

  1. We’re all about sustainability

You can’t talk about the environment without talking about sustainability.
For the past 20 years, we’ve been researching new synthetic rubber, recycling manufacturing defects, producing recycled and recyclable packaging and also using a water recycling system in our manufacturing plants. As a result of these efforts “We’re continuing to invest in research and development,” states Bichai.

  1. We give back to the community

In 2001 The Sarah Cook Fund was founded by eight-year-old Sarah Cook— William Cook’s great granddaughter—who was undergoing treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma at the time.
To date, the fund has raised over $10 million in support of the Hematology-Oncology division at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Kamik and its employees volunteer for various activities throughout the year, supporting the charity’s dedication to patients and their families. They also help improve the quality of life for young cancer patients on Sarah’s Floor at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital.

  1. We’ve made it to 30 countries around the globe

As the Kamik brand continues to grow, similarly so does its market.
From North America to Europe, Australia and Japan, Kamik has evolved, becoming internationally renowned for its family-first footwear.

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