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The AKU brand is one of the best-known and most renowned manufacturers of high-quality mountaineering, trekking and outdoor footwear. The success story of this Italian company began more than 30 years ago in the little town of Montebelluna in the Province of Treviso, heart of the Italian sports footwear district. During the post-war years, the self-made man Galliano Bordin started a small cobbler’s shop which turned into a modern company during the following decades. Today, AKU is one of Europe’s leading outdoor footwear brands, with products sold in over 30 countries worldwide.

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The unspoilt alpine world of Northern Italy is both home and source of inspiration for this popular label. This affinity with nature is also reflected in the name of the brand: borrowed from Easter Island’s mythology, “Aku” is the name of a good-natured spirit protecting the earth. Based on the needs of the people that live and work in the mountains, AKU works closely with mountain guides and alpinists to develop functional, authentic products which meet the most stringent quality requirements. The Italian outdoor specialist is strongly committed to conducting its operations in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly manner possible, e.g. by manufacturing exclusively in Europe and using chrome-free tanned leather and recycled materials. Thanks to over 30 years of manufacturing tradition, AKU hiking and lifestyle boots are not only very sturdy and functional, but also visually appealing. Combining innovative technology and traditional Italian craftsmanship, all AKU styles captivate with their simple elegance. Besides classic mountaineering and trekking shoes, the AKU footwear range includes multi-terrain shoes and outdoor inspired footwear for daily use. Many shoes feature a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane and a durable Vibram outsole and are thus well-prepared for any outdoor adventure. Whether amateur hiker or professional climber – AKU is perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors and attach importance to functionality, quality and sustainability!


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