Born in Normandy in 1927, Le Chameau is the name on the world’s finest rubber boots. The only rubber boots to be hand-made by a single “maître bottier,” each pair is unique. In the highest quality materials and with a range of iconic and innovative styles, Le Chameau is dedicated to delivering years of satisfaction to the wearer.
The Le Chameau story begins on a rainy day in Cherbourg. Claude Chamot, had spent the day listening to his customers—farmers, hunters and: fishermen—complaining that their boots were neither comfortable, nor durable, so he decided to do something about it.
M Chamot set out to create a new type of boot, that would withstand the rigours of the countryside, and at sea. Fashioning his prototypes from natural rubber, he asked those around him to test them. Comfortable and hard-wearing, everyone who tried them loved them.
Making pioneering use of vulcanisation for greater durability, the boots were improved and refined, and gradually M Chamot's reputation grew. Before long, customers from all over France were coming to his store to be fitted for their own bespoke boots.
By 1939, M Chamot acquired a workshop at Pont d’Ouilly, Normandy and produced his boots on a larger scale. His craftsmen maintained the exceptional quality that ensured his reputation.
In 1949 M Chamot was sufficiently confident to invest in a new factory—in Casablanca, Morocco, where Normandy—trained bottiers ensured the Chamot standards were upheld.
To mark the expansion, and with a nod to Morocco, M Chamot renamed his company “Le Chameau” (the camel), relishing the opportunity for word-play.
The Le Chameau range was expanding all the time, with specialist styles and fittings to suit a wide range of professions and outdoor pursuits. In 1950, M Chamot combined the expertise of the maitre bottier with that of the saddler to create the Saint-Hubert- the first rubber boot to have a leather lining. The Saint-Hubert became a mark of discernment among country professionals -and remains so, more than 60 years later.
Equally trail-blazing was M Chamot's belief in the importance of customer service. Owners' treasured boots were refurbished by a specialist team at Pont d’Ouilly, just as they are today.
Today, Le Chameau continues to set the standards of performance for all rubber boots. M Chamot would feel at home in the ateliers at Pont d’Ouilly and Casablanca, It still takes nine months of intensive training to become a Le Chameau bottier; It's this commitment to skill and dedication to craft that truly sets the brand and its products apart.
Meanwhile, Le Chameau's appeal grows. From outdoor professionals and connoisseurs, who rely on the comfort and performance their boots deliver, to style-conscious rural and urban consumers, who appreciate their quality, the Le Chameau bas new devotees in every nation of the world.
CARE: Le Chameau boots are easily cleaned with clear water. Leave them dry in a cool, well-aired room. Additional care can be provided with a silicon spray spread evenly using a soft, dry cloth.
GUARANTEE: Le Chameau believe in lasting quality craftsmanship, so they offer two year guarantees on all their products. But whatever the age of your boots, their After Sales Service will do its best to help you with any reparations.
REPAIR: Le Chameau boots are made to last, but should you need yours repaired, please contact them to speak to the repair service.