Hunter was founded by American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris. Landing on Scottish soil, he founded the North British Rubber Company, later to be known as Hunter. There he produced boots and other industrial items, using the newly patented and innovative vulcanisation process to create durable rubber products. Recognised for protective designs, the British Rubber Company was called upon during both World Wars to provide sturdy rubber boots. In 1956 the Original Green Wellington was created, a style later became known as the Original boot, the iconic design at the heart of the Hunter brand. Today the boots are still made on the original last and are handcrafted from 28 parts.