The Gumleaf Story

The Gumleaf boot brand has been developed over the last 16 years by Norfolk farmer Alistair Paterson, and based on his active arable and livestock farm in North Norfolk, four miles inland from the unique and unspoiled, sandy East Anglian coast. The requirement was a good looking boot that would provide comfort day in and day out on the farm. Neoprene, supple natural rubber and air pockets in the sole unit, all combine with our excellent fit to provide the greatest level of comfort.

The Gumleaf story has now entered a new chapter, with myself, a Warwickshire farmer Guy Minshull taking over the Gumleaf brand, along with partner Karen and children Molly and Alice.  We aim to continue where Alistair left off, promoting and developing the Gumleaf clothing brand.

The present farming climate means that diversification is key to survival.  This alongside being dispossessed of our family home and farm, due to being on the route of the proposed Birmingham to London High Speed railway route, meant that the prospect of taking over a well regarded and successful brand which Alistair has developed, was too good an opportunity to miss.

We look forward to working with existing and new customers in this new venture.

Guy, Karen, Molly and Alice.

Our story

Tradional boots

Traditional handmade way since 1937

Our European factory has been making rubber boots in the traditional handmade way since 1937. You can obtain the higher rubber content mix that we use in Europe – not Asia – and ours is one of only two mainstream factories remaining in Europe that use natural rubber.

Tradional boots

Made for the great outdoors

Our professional green boot range caters for all areas of country pursuits and work. The Royal Zip neoprene provides for easier off and on, the Viking neoprene caters for the wider calf or thicker insulated trousers. The Saxon is a standard neoprene boot for warmth while the Field is cotton lined for those warmer days.

Tradional boots

Now even better

In 2017, we introduced Vibram to the entire range of green boots. Vibram make soles for the worlds best walking boots and we have found their sole unit to perform exceptionally in the field. Again, with the high rubber content of the European manufacturing, the very best grip in challenging conditions is available to the wearer.

Gumleaf boots are environmentally green and sustainable made from a natural product – we also use wood chip to power our factory which significantly reduces our carbon foot print.