Founded in Minnesota in 1965, Vasque makes high-quality performance footwear designed for trail running, hiking, backpacking, After traveling to Europe and realizing that outdoor recreation was an increasingly popular pastime, the company's founder, William Sweasy, creating Vasqu ... Read More e's first hiking boot, the Voyageur. Since then, Vasque has produced a number of shoes and boots inspired by climbers and trails, such as the Montana, the Sundowner, and the Velocity. Vasque uses the latest technology to make its footwear comfortable and durable, including Thinsulate linings, Vibram soles, GoreTex uppers, and Arc Tempo lasts for a perfect fit. Beyond manufacturing shoes, Vasque sponsors athletes, groups, and events, including the Appalachian Trail Days, the Tri-Province Arctic Canoe Expedition, and the American Hiking Society. It also provides boots for the crew of the Mount Washington Observatory.