History – from 1923 to today.
Gunilla and Patrik are born
Over the following 10 years, the factory grew both in terms of production and employees. Sales was the biggest part of the business based on wholesale and the other big part of the business were the buyers Oscaria & KF. The production consisted of classic slippers called Gunilla & Patrik and heavy duty shoes called Näbbstövlar (beak boots). In the middle of the 50s, the shoe factory expanded and a new warehouse was built. The number of employees rose to 120 people and one year later, Elfings shoe factory in Örnsköldsvik (Norrlands oldest shoe factory) was acquired. It was here that the production made 200 pairs of boots per day. In 1959, the next big expansion in connection with the factory was a military order of 250,000 pairs of boots featuring new soles made of compound rubber. 160 people had now been employed and a new factory had started to take shape.
Norrlands biggest shoe factory
In 1965, a new factory was built which became Norrlands largest shoe factory with ground space measuring 5000m2. The production line has now moved from Elfings shoe factory and delivery to the military had finished. The number of shoes had grown to 350,000 per year with the top sellers still being slippers, sandals and now ski-boots.The production had earlier based its values on sales to wholesalers but this was starting to change. The sales to specialist shops had now grown bigger which meant the smaller businesses were now dominating.
By the start of the 70s, they had acquired a shoe factory in Kumla. They had specialised in finer ankle boots under the brand name of Ambassy. Docksta took over both customers and production. During the 70s, 80s and 90s, they produced many shoes for shoe shops and even the military. Slippers, clogs and beak boots where still the best sellers but now the business had branched into special orthopedic shoes for hospitals who were thankful for their expertise in comfortable footwear. In 1996, they bought Medins shoe factory in Ullånger who produced riding boots, rubber boots and other heavy duty work boots. The production moved to Docksta to develop further.
Everything is still made by hand in Docksta
Today, the company is driven by Stefan Königson, Ivars grandson. The production of slippers has not changed since the company began in 1923. Everything is still made by hand including Cutting, Stiching, Lasting and Finishing. Every pair of slippers if unique and it is something we are proud of. We have kept the same level of quality whilst making extremely comfortable shoes.
Docksta shoes take active environmental responsibilities and use several ecological materials. Among these are vegetable tanned leather from Tärnsjö tannery in Uppland. Tärnsjö tanners and their products are certified and controlled by TUV in Germany. Being locally produced means shorter delivery times from us to customers and also to our wholesalers which contributes to lesser effects on the environment.