Our Story

This is Cougar.

We've been making boots and shoes for over 65 years.
You might recognize one or two of them.
This is our story.

Original Pillow Boot in Black
Original Pillow Boot in Tan

This is Cougar.

We've been making boots and shoes for over 65 years.
You might recognize one or two of them.
This is our story.

Original Pillow Boot in Black

Since 1948.

As a family business with humble beginnings making shoes in a converted parachute plant, we've refined our craft over decades to grow into a Canadian footwear staple with distribution all around the globe.

Black and white photo of a man working on shoe sole machine

A tradition in shoe-making

Walter Sedlbauer, an employee of the Bata Shoe Company in Czechoslovakia, arrives in Canada to work at their newly opened manufacturing plant in Batawa, Ontario.

Walter Sedlbauer poses with model and salesman while promoting the Eager Beaver kids shoe, circa 1950

A family affair

Along with his colleague Anthony Ronza, he founds Susan Footwear Industries and purchases a former parachute factory in Burlington, Ontario.

Black and white photo of the Cougar factory interior in Burlington, circa 1950

Canada's best

Walter and Anthony use their expertise to create quality shoes designed and manufactured in Ontario, Canada. Their partnership quickly becomes a success.

Then and now.

We've curated the best boots from our footwear archive that spans over 65 years. Our Heritage Collection features classic Cougar designs updated with the latest construction and waterproofing technology.


Shop the Heritage Collection

The original Cheyenne winter boot in 1950 and the Cheyenne boot today in Red

Built to last.

We use special tanning and waterproofing techniques with advanced cushioning technology to make sure your shoes are comfortable and long-lasting.


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Built to last.

We use special tanning and waterproofing techniques with advanced cushioning technology to make sure your shoes are comfortable and long-lasting.


Find out more



This is Fall-Winter 2017.

Dart Rubber Duck Boot in Navy-Tan
Grill Leather Chelsea Boot in Ash
Fabiola Leather Moccasin in Taupe
Gladstone Leather Ankle Boot in Black