From the backyard to the backcountry
Our inspiration comes from our backyard, the beautiful Coast Mountains of British Columbia. We are passionate about exploring the technical benefits of natural materials and seeking alternatives to the typical plastic solutions. We are committed to using Canadian manufacturing and producing performance products of exceptional quality that offer our customers a more sustainable choice.
The story of Esker begins in 2018 when longtime friends, entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts, Andy Boniface and Patrick Long, were having a beer after a typically wet, muddy and cold North Shore mountain bike ride. The topic of the day was the exceptional performance of their wool base layers and the untapped potential for natural materials to make a comeback in outdoor products.
Being in the middle of the innovative ‘rectech’ community of the PNW, it was clear they weren’t alone in their love of natural materials. It was only a matter of time until they found an exciting new application for wool - a sustainable orthotic, one that didn’t stink or get cold or clammy, like the plastic and foam aftermarket insoles they both used. After three years of refining the product and developing the brand they launched Esker Insoles in 2021.
Our insoles can be found on our website and a growing network of premium footwear retailers and outdoor speciality stores. Visit our dealer page to find a store near you.
Follow our adventure on social media @eskerinsoles to learn more about the product, the story, and the people behind it.
Our offices are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) nations and all of our products are developed and performance tested in the varied and challenging conditions of the Sea-to-Sky region in British Columbia.