Slovenia may not as well-known as other countries, such as Italy or Germany, for producing high quality footwear but Alpina is a brand which challenges that preconception. In the small town of Ziri in Slovenia, footwear has been crafted since the middle of the 19th century and footwear specialists like Alpina have continued this tradition, building a solid reputation of quality craftmanship. Alpina was founded back in 1947 and has a reputation for making cross country and downhill skiing boots, and was the footwear of choice for the Slovenian athletes at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Alpina produce shoes which challenge the bounds of shoe making, exploring every opportunity to try new technologies and to get the most from their materials and products. With their mission to create shoes which are of a superb quality, are competitive in price and luxuriously comfortable. As well as creating shoes which are great quality and comfortable, they also use beautiful trims and details to create fashionable, very attractive footwear.