Company

HUGAL is a footwear factory founded in 1979, specialized in the Goodyear Welt construction system.
From design to manufacturing, we make men's and women's footwear for several brands.

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History

The development of the Goodyear Welt construction system was driven by the demand for notoriously sturdy, comfortable, and long-lasting footwear from the rural, military, and professional segments.

The first pair of HUGAL shoes was manufactured in 1979 by two brothers with more than 20 years of experience in the Goodyear Welt construction system. While pursuing its mission of building the best footwear, initially using traditional methods, the company has been keeping pace with the technological development of the sector.

At first, HUGAL was exclusively focused on the manufacturing of Goodyear footwear for men, and was later challenged to manufacture women's footwear using the same technique.
It currently manufactures both men's and women's footwear, with heels up to 10 cm.

Over the years, HUGAL's structure has grown in number of employees, manufacturing area, and capacity to respond to an increasingly demanding and rapidly-changing market.

HUGAL became more than a manufacturing plant, as it started to design and develop collections internally, thus being able to support its customers throughout the entire footwear development and manufacturing cycle.

Nowadays, it manufactures footwear for a wide range of leading brands, offering medium and high quality products, combining traditional processes with the latest technology and top quality materials.

HUGAL is located in Benedita (Portugal), which is an area recognized for manufacturing high quality footwear. With nearly 100 employees and exporting approximately 99% of its production, the company has been investing more and more in its internationalization.

In 2016, HUGAL underwent an internal restructuring that was completed in 2017, with the launch of its new image and signature: HUGAL, Goodyear Specialists.

This winning company is led by one of its founding partners, José Boita.

It gives me great satisfaction to lead the fantastic team that makes HUGAL so special. Our motto is from people to people. Footwear is much more than everyday objects - it is comfort, it is way of life, stories created step by step. We are the symbol behind winning brands and we seek, together with them, to continually assert our vast experience in the market and in the history of Portuguese footwear around the world.
 
HUGAL's founding partner, José Boita