Kasie Pattundeen, an accomplished bookkeeper, acquired a small factory that had fallen on very hard times, and in July 1966, Palm Footwear Manufacturers was born. He produced simple infant’s shoes called Kid Gloves, which sold for the small sum of just 35 cents per pair.
Soon Kasie identified the opportunity to produce injection moulded school shoes in South Africa. This was a bold venture, as the plant and equipment was expensive. Palm would be the second factory to produce these shoes in South Africa. This courageous decision would prove to be a watershed moment for Kasie and his family.
Over the next 45 years the factory grew from 80 m² and a staff compliment of 12 to over 15 000 m² and workforce of 700 at peak capacity.
Today Palm stands proud, as the largest, independent, truly South African, family owned, footwear factory. Our mission is to fit every child and adult in Africa into correctly engineered footwear. We are proud to say that we are born, bred and still growing in Africa.