Red Bands - A Kiwi Icon. Traditionally gumboots have always come up to just below the knee. However in 1958 staff at Marathon Rubber Footwear - the forerunner to Skellerup - decided to create a shorter boot and on 21st October the first pair of Red Band gumboots rolled off the production line and became an instant hit around the country.
The first pairs of Red Band Men's gumboots retailed for twenty five shillings and 11 pence. Red Band gumboots continued to be made at Skellerup’s Woolston factory in Christchurch until the late 1980s when economic considerations forced the company to move production offshore.
The Women's and Children's range were introduced in 1997 and in 2011 the Junior boot completed the Red Band family range.