In 1885, master shoemaker Jakob Sigle and leather traveler Max Levi founded the company J. Sigle und Cie. in Kornwestheim, where almost 20 years later the word and picture trademark SALAMANDER was born. Soon the first sales outlets were opened, the number of branches rose rapidly and was expanded across national borders. In the interwar period, the two companies joined forces to Salamander AG and were able to produce a full range of footwear. The still well-known and popular character Lurchi was invented at the end of the 1930s and since then has served as the company's flagship and as a child-friendly occupation when buying shoes with toys and magazines. After several takeovers, the German branch network has been expanding nationwide since 2009 under the leadership of Salamander Deutschland in Wuppertal with a full range of women's, men's and children's shoes, as well as accessories such as bags and belts.