History of Josef Seibel

Hauenstien, Germany (1897)
Hauenstien, Germany (1897)

Carl-August Seibel founded one of the first shoe factories in Hauenstein, in 1886. At the time he only produced shoes and sandals in his own house. In 1907 a new factory was built, which still produces shoes today.

The business continued to grow throughout from the forties. During the early seventies a recession hit Europe, but was mainly averted by Josef Seibel who took steps to introduce new ideas in development and reorganization.

Towards the end of the 1980s, new production facilities, offices, and warehouses were built in Hauenstein, Hungary, and Romania.

Josef Seibel is a comfort brand, and we develop our shoes using the latest know-how.

Josef Seibel Today

The founders of Josef Seibel
Four generations of Josef Seibel. From left to right: Carl-August Seibel, Josef Seibel, Josef Clemens Seibel, Carl-August Seibel

Today the company is run by the fourth generation “Carl-August Seibel”. We are still grounded on a legacy built by our founder, Carl-August Seibel. Mr. Seibel saw the need for efficient construction and manufacturing of sturdy, durable, and long-lasting shoes – and this has been continued generation after generation, culminating in the Seibel shoe line’s popularity around the world today.

  • Production
    5 Million
    Pairs per year
  • Employees Worldwide
    320 in Germany
  • Sold in Over

Josef Seibel shoes have been a household name in Western Europe since the 70’s. The 90’s ushered in a new phase for Josef Seibel – allowing the expansion into major North American markets across the Atlantic. From a small village in Germany to production facilities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, Josef Seibel is continuing our expansion.

Premium quality materials, best workmanship, perfect fitting and comfort have helped the Josef Sebiel brand become known as “The European Comfort Shoe”.

Josef Seibel shoe designs range from casual and trendy daily wear styles to more formal and classic varieties. With its broad array of designs and styles, customers can be assured of excellent workmanship without sacrificing their fashion sense.

History of Romika

The brand name “ROMIKA” has an interesting history which started in the 1920s when three salesmen, Mr. Rollman, Mr. Michael, and Mr. Kaufmann decided to use the first two letters of their surnames to form the name ROMIKA.

In 1936, Hellmuth Lemm acquired the brand name of this newfound company. Today, the Romika brand is known internationally.

The Romika Story

1930 – 1940

Hellmuth Lemm founded Romika, the shoe manufacturer in 1936 near Trier in Germany. The company began by producing sturdyy rubber boots, followed by house shoes and slippers. This move proved so successful that 545 employees were appointed within the first 6 months.

1940 – 1950

During gate early 1940’s bombing destroyed the factory, which now employed 1,000 people. Rebuilding a new factory started at the end of the war with just 50 workers. Initially they produced only sole units, bicycle inner tubes, and hot water bottles. Eventually the production of rubber boots resumed at which Romika was the first manufacturer to work with heated presses.

1950 – 1960

Enterprises such as Romika were integral to what has now been called the German Economic Boom of the 1950s. More and more products were launched into the market. The Romika factories were growing alongside the demand for fashionable shoes and by the end of the decade Romika employed 2,600 people.

1960 – 1970

This period included a much wider field of expansion. Romika developed new sports shoes for tennis, football, hiking, and climbing. This resulted in new factories opening in Reinsfeld, Bittburg, Augsburg, and Reus (Spain) – all practicing innovative production techniques. Final finishing, administration, and shipping were handled at the new building in Trier.

1970 – 1980

In the 1970’s more leisure activities and the introduction of new sports such as windsurfing and jogging demand new types of footwear. Romika’s surfing, walking, and tennis shoes became the sporty partner of the new leisure movement.

1980 – 1990

Fitness, Leisure, and Fashion were the three central elements within the footwear market, and Romika responded with a selection of sporty casual shoes. During this time Romika also developed a worldwide innovative technique of using an internal membrane in its footwear. By this time 35,000 high quality pairs of shoes were being produced daily using the most advanced machinery.

1990 – 1996

The nineties brought changes to Romika. The founder Hellmuth Lemm died and the family retired from the business. A new owner Rene C. Jaeggi took over the business.


During 2005 the Josef Seibel Group took over Romika and founded a new company, at which point the company was insolvent. Josef Seibel founded a new company – Romika Shoes Gmbh. This allowed 90 qualified staff to remain employed within the head office in Trier as well as 300 factory workers in the Czech Republic, and more importantly the continuation of the Romika footwear brand.

The Josef Seibel Group management lies under the leadership of Carl-August Seibel and Andreas Garnier who oversee the management in Trier.