Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology
Seventy-five employees work in the Swiss family business that dates back to 1903 when Hans Fretz founded the company. Design and development are done in-house for the yearly spring/summer and fall/winter collections, starting approximately 18 months prior to the finished product reaching the store shelves.
Most of Fretz Men shoes are made from natural materials – leathers sourced in Europe and cut out in India, where the company installed their own staff supervising this first part of the manufacturing process twenty years ago. Says Daniel Omlin: “The only way to ensure that the ecologically produced leathers are to our high Swiss quality standard is to guarantee the know-how transfer and to have competent people on both sides.”
Fretz Men is a pioneer in having successfully combined the highly breathable yet waterproof Gore-Tex® membrane features in the body of the shoe with the Gore-Tex® technology for autumn/winter and Gore-Tex® Surround™ technology in the sole, thus offering 360 degrees climate control for spring and summer.
Available in Switzerland through all the well-known retail stores as well as on-line retailers, Fretz Mens’ shoes are also available in Austria, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and in a few additional markets as far as Russia and Taiwan. In over one hundred years Fretz has built a solid reputation in top quality, fashionable mens’ shoes and after this impressive tour I will never look at shoes in the same way again. I only wished there was something for me in the Fretz Men product line!