Ever since his youth, Grünbein founder Klaus Schwarz is mad about shoes. His first collection were extravagant Rockabilly models, which he produced 30 years ago in a small edition in the Palatinate. The fervour for shoes is probably in his genes: his ancestor Max Grünbein was a passionate shoemaker, who pursued his craft around 1900 in Silesia.

After various stations in the shoe industry, Schwarz founded the shoe company Linie Nero and the Grünbein Switzerland brand in 2006 in Switzerland. When he converted the company into Nero Handels GmbH in 2009, the company headquarters moved to Berlin, but the brand name remained.


Typical for the Grünbein Switzerland brand is the successful combination of high-quality European leather types, excellent comfort, best manufacturing quality and high fashion standards. Where other labels make compromises, Grünbein Switzerland opens up another lane: the models come in two fits, so that every customer can find their own perfectly fitting shoe – comfort and good looks form a perfect symbiosis.


Today, around 25 employees in Germany are responsible for the sale, organisation and sale of the shoe collections, all of the shoes are manufactured in selected factories in Portugal. Grünbein has worked with most of these small and medium-sized family businesses right from the start.

Based on the retro style of the 1960s and 1970s, the Grünbein collection offers a very special look with natural crepes soles, highly fashionable materials and a unique colour scheme – from timeless colours to extravagant effect leathers.


The brand portfolio also includes the exclusive label Swiss Heritage, which complements Grünbein in a slightly higher price range with minimalistic shoes and high quality standards – inspired by the reduced designs of Bauhaus architecture.

In the two Berlin flagship stores – centrally located in Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg – you can discover the entire Grünbein world in its colourful diversity. More shops can be found in our Dealer Directory, or shop online at Shoes Berlin to get all Grünbein models.