Once upon a time …

Keeping health feet healthy! This is the task that long-established brand Solidus set itself. Solidus has been manufacturing high quality women’s and men’s shoes for more than 100 years. And the company has always set very high standards in terms of comfort, function and fashion. With its special therapeutic and prophylactic shoes Solidus enables even people with sensitive feet to walk in comfort. Learn more about the history of Solidus and its beginnings more than 100 years ago.


Georg W. Martin founded the Solidschuhwerk shoe factory in Tuttlingen more than 100 years ago. In his factory he produced a wide range of walking boots, sports shoes, hunting shoes, mountain boots, and ski and ice-skating boots.

Nostalgia poster by Solidus


Solidus was the first German shoe factory to introduce the innovative “AGO method” into series production, a method whereby the sole is glued to the upper. The focus is on achieving the best fit and on creating healthy footwear. These goals are achieved through the special shapes of the shoes, through pre-shaping the leather insoles and through the industrial manufacture of the footbeds.

The first German factory to use the AGO method

New directions

In the 1950s the Solidus Company passed to the founder’s nephew. Working closely with medical specialists he developed new shoe concepts with a special focus on keeping feet healthy. As Solidus shoes continued to develop, in the 1970s new sales markets began to open up in Japan, North America, Switzerland and Scandinavia. Production of extremely light comfort shoes using the Strobel construction method increased as the impact during walking is even softer with this type of shoes.

The old shoe factory

European standards

In Tuttlingen (south of Germany), near the Black Forest, the Solidus shoes are designed and developed. The shoes are manufactured in Croatia. By keeping manufacturing in Europe we can guarantee high standards of quality.

Sewing the leather parts together

Solidus today

Solidus has been run by 4 generations of family ownership for 100 years. At the end of 2010, Solidus was taken over by the Berkemann Group, which has its headquarter in Zeulenroda.
The Solidus shoes are sold today in over 30 countries worldwide. 

Solidus team