Tough by Nature.
Quite possibly, the most durable, most comfortable boots ever made.
The organization consists of a highly-integrated group of companies owned and operated by a family whose history can be traced back to the 1840s. This family purchased Blundstone Pty. Ltd. in 1932, amalgamating their footwear manufacturing operations under the Blundstone name.
Despite having grown into one of the world’s most recognizable boot brands, the company remains Tasmanian and retains its family values.
In 2000, Blundstone acquired the iconic John Bull brand, which was founded in New Zealand in 1934.
Since 1870, Blundstone has made the toughest, no-nonsense footwear for work and play.
Decades of innovative design and production have led us to where we are today – overseeing a global supply chain bringing together the best ideas, components and designs to complement a wide range of products for a wide variety of uses. Our products are developed by a team based in Hobart who use the best resources available from all over the world to develop footwear that keeps pushing the boundaries to improve overall user comfort.
History & Heritage
A Tasmanian company since the very beginning, Blundstone holds quality, comfort and values at the heart of the company.
Despite becoming one of the world’s most recognisable boot brands, the company still remains Tasmanian. Our head office and manufacturing bases are still located in Hobart, Tasmania, and we have no plans to change.
Let us guide you through Blundstone's history, and how we became one of the largest boot brands today.
1853Brothers James and Thomas Cuthbertson set sail from England on the Coromandel ship, bound for Melbourne. However, the ship was blown off course by the Roaring Forties and landed instead in Hobart Town, Tasmania. It was James Cuthbertson who settled in Tasmania, starting his own business making and importing shoes, marrying and starting a family. He bestowed his flourishing shoe business to his first-born, James II. Married couple John and Eliza Blundstone arrived in Hobart around this time on the Conway ship from Derbyshire. John was also experienced in footwear manufacturing, like James Cuthbertson, and he soon set up his own shoe business in Liverpool Street, Hobart.
John’s shoe business was also flourishing. By 1892, he had established a factory and expanded to premises on either side of Collins Street. He also took his son, Sylvanus, into the business to carry on the family’s shoemaking legacy.
John Blundstone and Son was formed, and the pair soon bought a two story factory on Campbell Street.
Unfortunately, The Great Depression in Australia led to a huge downturn of profits for the now Blundstone Pty. Ltd and forced the company to be sold.
It was purchased by the Grandsons of James Cuthbertson, James and Thomas, in 1932. They amalgamated the manufacturing operations under the Blundstone name, and retained it for the tannery in South Hobart.
Blundstone became the first Australian footwear manufacturer to receive a design award from the Industrial Design Council of Australia.
Blundstone was the recipient of an Australian Export Award.
Blundstone started manufacturing waterproof injection moulded footwear (gumboots).
Blundstone acquired another footwear company named John Bull Footwear. This was founded in New Zealand in 1934, and sells tough, comfortable boots for work and play.
Blundstone’s legendary comfort evolved with the introduction of SPS x~tra into our footwear.
Blundstone released the Xfoot range of premium safety boots, featuring revolutionary underfoot comfort and SPS MAX.
Blundstone became the official naming rights sponsor of the world-class cricket facility at Bellerive in southern Tasmania, now known as the Blundstone Arena, Bellerive.
Blundstone continues to expand around the globe, currently selling comfortable, unmistakable Blundstone designs to over 50 countries across five continents. We are constantly updating our shoe’s technology, all for the pleasure of our customer.