Since 1910

We are Canada's boot maker. It's been that way since 1910. Deeply ingrained in our approach is the knowledge that where we put effort, we find pride, sweat, hard work, good planning, smart thinking, determination to overcome—we celebrate these moments of progress.

1910

Co-founded by Charles E. Greb, as Berlin Shoe Mfg. Co. Ltd in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, Canada. Their specialty is mining, logging, and farming boots. By 1916, company is renamed Greb Shoe Co. Ltd. and owned by Charles Greb and his son, Edwin C. Greb.

1938

Despite the trials of the Great Depression, the production facility in Berlin remains open, keeping a community at work. Greb acquires Valentine & Martin Shoe Co. and gains shoe making capabilities.

1957

Greb's new waterproof leather boot with anti-slip tread is approved as the official combat boot of the Canadian Army. A consumer version is marketed under the name Cat Treads.

1959

Greb purchases main competitor, Canada West Shoe Mfg., owner of the KODIAK trademark. The acquisition leads to Greb's launch of its first line of KODIAK-branded work, hunting, and sport boots.

1992

Kevin Huckle takes over management of Greb International and the KODIAK brand. Company is renamed Kodiak Group Holdings Co.

2002

Kodiak introduces QuadAir shock absorption to athletic-style safety footwear, with a four-chambered encapsulated airbag that creates a quadruple spring system to absorb impact forces—for a new level of comfort.

2004

Kodiak launches KODE 3 work boots featuring Rockfibre® Metal-Free Technology designed completely without metal components, and meeting or exceeding both CSA and ASTM protective footwear standards.

2008

Kodiak Group Holdings Co. is acquired by Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. of Fort Worth, TX and owner of the Dickies Brand, bringing the footwear expertise of Kodiak together with the largest workwear manufacturer in the world.

2010

Kodiak supplies the Canadian Olympic team athletes with an iconic Canadian tradition.

2017

Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. and Kodiak Group Holdings Co. acquired by VF Corporation - one of the world's largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with brands including Vans®, The North Face®, and Timberland®.

2019

Kodiak re-imagines the iconic ProWorker originally launched in 1992, with the re-launch of the ProWorker Master. Remade in its beloved Norwegian heritage design with its signature pop-out tongue, the ProWorker Master is even more durable than its predecessor.

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2020

Kodiak celebrates its 110th anniversary with the launch of the Built for Generations collection. Inspired by our past but made for today, this collection of boots celebrates our storied heritage. Built rugged, trustworthy and crafted with premium waterproof leathers.

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2021

Kodiak becomes part of Workwear Outfitters - a new stand-alone company with over a dozen brands in its portfolio specializing in workwear apparel and footwear.

2021

Kodiak launches its Built for What Matters initiative, beginning a journey to source more recycled, renewable, and eco-considered materials for use throughout our footwear collections.

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