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www.AigleBoots.com is now www.FrenchFootwear.com.
Distributor of premium French-made footwear in the USA
 

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Know-How and Production

Know-How and Production



AIGLE is the brand leader and sold in over 70 countries.

Made in Chatellerault, France.

900 000 pairs produced each year in France.

200 master rubber craftsmen at work every day.


1853, Aigle is a precursor and for the first time uses the vulcanisation method to produce rubber boots.

2012, GOMMA PLUS an Aigle proprietary blend developed by our R & D department for sturdy, comfortable and durable boots.



A noble material, natural rubber

<<Caa ou tchou>> (literally: "the tree that weeps" in Amerindian).

Too often confused with synthetic elastomers such as PVC, natural rubber from rubber plantations has significant advantages:

- Stronger and more durable, its molecular structure gives it high resistance to wear, tearing and to the developement of cracks.

- More comfortable, it has shock-absorbing capacity.

- More flexible, it retains its elasticity even in extreme cold.

 

Quality Process

In-house testing in our laboratory concerning the strenght of the boots and our rubber compounds.

- Abrasion resistance

- Test of resistance to the development of notches and cracks

- Slip resistance testing for the soles

- Solar resistance testing of the rubber

100% of the boots made in our factory are tested and verified.

- Visual inspection

- A gurantee of waterproofness

External testing, via the Centre Technique du Cuir (CTC).

 

Making a boot

- Mixing:

  A specific AIGLE process that allows natural rubber to obtain its unique characteristics of comfort and strenght by mixing raw rubber with various substances.

- Calendering:

  A manufacturing process that obtains thin layers of rubber with specific characteristics of thickness and widths. These layers are then ready for the application of the   linings.

4 000 pairs are made by hand every day

 - Preparation:

   All the components are prepared to allow the final assembly

60 steps to make a boot

- Mounting:

  Each element (reinforcement, upper, border, gusset, strap, logo, sole...) is precisely mounted on a last by hand.

- Vulcanization:

  The boot is cured (baked) in an autoclave. 1 hour at 140*C

  It is after this vulcanization that the rubber develops its principle characteristics of watertightness, durability and flexibility.

 - Finishing:

   100% of the boots are tested for waterproofness.

   After being boxed the boots are shipped throughout the world.

 

ECO-FRIENDLY PROCESS

- Upper

   Before curing, the scrap rubber is recycled back into the mixture used for the reinforcements. 33% of the upper is thus composed of recycled rubber.

- Outsole

  Contain 20% recycled rubber.

- Insole

  The scrap material from the lining is recycled and insoles contain 50% recycled material.

   

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