WE ARE CELEBRATING 40 YEARS!

From the first pair of shoes to a successful family business, together with you we want to remember 40 years of comfortable shoes.
Here we show you the milestones of the last 40 years.

1982

Foundation of BÄR GmbH by Christian and Hilke Bär.

First model: "Der Feine" Still produced today on request.

1989

The first mail-order catalogue goes into production. Everything revolves around well-being.

1990

Market entry in France
Hilke Bär + Mr Rodde (Distributeur France) at the shoe fair in France.

First running shoe
tested by Sebastian Bär in the USA.


1993

New building with large outlet and office building in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

1994

Hilke Bär + Christian Bär at the
1st trade fair in Tokyo.

1995

Hilke and Christian Bär at the opening of the Lüneburg branch together with Princess Erina of Saxony.

Werner Ruf and Christof Bär setting up the branch's cash register system.

Own factory in India
Since 1995, BÄR shoes have been manufactured in our production facility in India.

Subsidiary founded in the USA, Bears-Crossing in Boulder, Colorado.

1999

The first Bär online shop goes online.

2002

Christof and Sebastian Bär become managing directors.

Market entry in Switzerland,
Austria and Great Britain.


Development of Ultra-Runner shoes with extreme athlete Achim Heukemes.

Achim Heukemes in the "Valley of Death" at the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley USA with the running shoe he co-developed.

2003

Robert Wimmer: Winner of the Trans-European Run.

Development of the shoe model „TransEuropa“ - this still exists today and is a popular model.

2004

Harald Glööckler designs and produces his own collection.

2006

Subsidiary founded in Japan.

Picture shows the shop in the AO Building in Aoyama, Tokyo.

2007

Luigi Colani“ collection
This was followed in 2018 by the reissue of the "London" shoe to mark Mr Colani's 90th birthday.

2011

Creation of the Joe Nimble® brand. Development of the "Speedster" shoe. 

2014 - 2017

Various awards for BÄR® shoes and Joe Nimble®

2019

Renewed collaboration with Harald Glööckler due to the great success of the 2004 collaboration.

Glamorous: TransEuropa also in gold for a change. Harald Glööckler at the collection development.

2020 

Innovation in the BERGKOMFORT hiking boot: FIRMOFLEX® technology (patent pending).


2021 

The sustainable and water-repellent terracare® leather is used for the BERGKOMFORT line.



2022

New logo
New momentum for the next 40 years.

We say thank you
for your loyalty.