Salomon started in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps, Annecy making skis and mounting/hiking boots which ultimately led them to create running shoes for mountains/trails. They have a team of athletes who race around the world in various forms of mountain running. Shoes are created for athletes with direct feedback from them - these are called S-Lab products. The S-Lab shoes use the most premium materials available and they are designed for racing in. They sometimes make 30-40 versions of a shoe whilst developing it with an athlete.