The History of Think! Shoes
The Sauwald forest is located in the Innviertel region of the western part of Upper Austria, where the hills and forests of the Bohemian Massif extend to Austria's border with Bavaria. The craft of shoemaking has a long tradition here, as it does in the community of Kopfing, where Martin Koller, the descendant of a 200 year old shoemaking dynasty, wasn't willing to accept that "shoes that are good for you are so dreadfully ugly".
His strong will to change this and create unique and environmentally friendly shoes with a perfect fit kept him up at night until the first Think! shoes left his workshop in 1990.
Today, Kopfing is the company's source of inspiration and its "Think! tank".
Because each shoe is hand crafted with the utmost care, you are assured that every pair is lovingly created with attention to detail. There’s no mass production and every shoe is manually constructed in the age old tradition and set on a shoe *last to ensure that it is correctly moulded on a foot.
Our shoes are manufactured by highly trained leather workers and it takes up to 200 steps to transform passion, leather, and other natural materials into a Think! shoe. In the tradition of experienced master shoemakers, we rely unconditionally on tradition and release only shoes that meet the highest of standards. Think! shoes are good for your feet and made by hand.
*A shoe last is a 3-dimensional wooden mould upon which a shoe is constructed. The last used during shoe assembly can affect the overall fit of a shoe, and all lasts include the following dimensions: Heel width. Instep height. Forefoot width.