Published June 13th, 2012
This year, we at Arbesko celebrate 60 years. It was
in 1952 that we started to specialize in occupational shoes, and we have a man named Helmer Andersson to thank for that. Helmer was Anders Andersson’s grandson, one of Sweden’s first bulk shoe makers whose craftsmanship and work skills came to lay the foundations of the very first shoe factory in Sweden. In 1946, a tough year for the industries in Sweden, Helmer travelled to America where he found the steel toe cap, a function that did not yet exist in Sweden. Helmer brought the steel cap back home and in 1948 he started making the first safety shoes. Between 1948 and 1952 industrialism in Sweden really took off and at the same time the so called protective duties were abolished, so the market for safety shoes in Sweden suddenly expanded. In 1952, Helmer decided to sell his factory to a competitor, though he chose to keep the part that made safety shoes. He believed in the future of safety shoes and the same year the company Arbesko was born. To date we are a Swedish family business (currently fifth generation) who develop and manufacture safety- and occupational shoes for professional users. We do this with great pride.