This is Cougar.

We've been making boots and shoes for 75+ years.

We meld functionality with fashion.

We celebrate heritage and embrace the new for footwear that works as great as it looks. 

Since 1948.

As a family business with humble beginnings making shoes in a converted parachute plant, we’ve refined our craft over decades.

We’ve grown into a Canadian and global footwear staple where four-season-function meets fashion.

A tradition in shoe-making

Walter Sedlbauer, an employee of the Bata Shoe Company in Czechoslovakia, arrives in Canada to work at their newly opened manufacturing plant in Batawa, Ontario.

A family affair

Along with his colleague, Anthony Ronza, he founds Susan Footwear Industries and purchases a former parachute factory in Burlington, Ontario.

Canada's best

Walter and Anthony use their expertise to create quality shoes designed for Canadians. Their partnership quickly becomes a success. Today, Cougar is still
family-owned and run by Walter’s sons, Steve and Ron Sedlbauer.