With a legacy spanning more than 75 years, René Cléon's story begins following his return from World War II when he formed a team of apprentices and bought his first stitching and assembly machines. The story begins in the family home in La Romagne, with a specialization on Kneipp sewn mixed models, and as the business grew, a factory is built. The sons Jacques and Louis-Marie took up the torch and diversified the business through the 70s and 80s.
In 1988, the KLEMAN label, under the Cléon name, was officially launched. Cléon then became a supplier for several French public administrations which trusted his know-how. The company wins increasingly large tenders; first to shoeing the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer [the French national railway company], then Air France, then will come Customs, certain fire departments, or even the French army. Initially reserved for trades seeking security, sturdiness and quality, most of our iconic models include the ISO EN-20347 standard and thus enable an additional guarantee thanks to anti-slip, abrasion resistance, and the innocuousness of materials. The manufacturing of our products remains exclusively carried out in France in our workshop in Anjou.
KLEMAN shoes have survived the fashion cycles by offering a raw and authentic unisex style. Their models will charm both men and women who seek a certain efficiency in a pure and uncompromising style. Their PADROR leather moc-toe shoe and other references of boots or derbies have remained unchanged since the 1980s. A classic and functional worker shoe which now dresses a new generation of talented urban dwellers around the world. KLEMAN sets up the professional shoe as a real accessory of a timeless workwear style.