The Story So Far
Hunter is a British heritage brand with a rich history of innovation and is renowned for its iconic Original boot. Established in 1856, the brand is worn by those who lead, forging designs to shield pioneers from the elements and the bleakest of landscapes.
A History of ProtectionHunter was founded by American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris. Landing on Scottish soil, he founded the North British Rubber Company, later to be known as Hunter. There he produced boots and other industrial items, using the newly patented and innovative vulcanisation process to create durable rubber products.
From humble beginnings of just 4 people, by the mid-1870s the company had grown to 600 staff members, but it was at the start of World War I in 1914 that production at the factory rose dramatically. To protect soldiers stationed in the trenches, the War Office commissioned sturdy rubber boots. The mill ran 24 hours a day to keep up with demand, manufacturing over 1 million boots over the war period. Recognised for protective designs, the British Rubber Company was called upon again in 1939 after the outbreak of World War II.