Who are we?

Our Values

  • Compromise: Our drive is based on the needs, in our word, and in always fulfilling everything we promise.
  • Loyalty: We are loyal to the company and accomplish all our commitments. We are constant in our affection both towards the company and towards the people that define it.
  • Punctuality: We comply with promised deadlines and show up to our work in the established schedule.
  • Honesty: Our acts are based in the truth, we do and say what has to be said.
  • Empathy: We show so much solidarity with the needs and demands of our clients, that we take them as our own.

Our Vision

We make the world walk comfortably generating innovating concepts to supply lifestyle footwear.

Our History

Grupo Cobán has witnessed passing of time, the coming and going of several generations, the changes of the industry; the transformations of the country and of itself.

Grupo Cobán has its origin as a tannery owned by the German citizen, Alfonso Herring in San Cristóbal Verapaz, Alta Verapaz. By 1921, a complete workshop for shoe manufacturing is established.


In the 1950s, a Guatemalan family purchases the factory and gives it a new drive. With the acquisition of Miguel Torrebiarte, a special seal is introduced in Grupo Cobán that continues to this day.


The first store of  Zapaterías Coban opens in Zone 1, Guatemala City, in an area neighboring the Central Train Station. And in 1958, Hulera Centroamericana is established, where the manufacturing of  rubber soles and heels started to substitute the use of leather soles and satisfy the market demand.


Grupo Cobán takes advantage of the Central American Common Market declaration and begins to export to different countries of the Isthmus together with the Dominican Republic and the United States.

In 1985, the brand Rhino is registered, which becomes a national and international high-quality work footwear model.


2014 Grupo Cobán reaches 100 years of operation.

Currently, it has more than 600 employees, it exports to different countries, and its brand Rhino is a national and international quality and durability footwear model.



Our Business Relationship

Footwear export

  • United States
  • Central America
  • Europe


24 Calle 20-56 Zona 12
Guatemala, Guatemala
Phone. (502) 2421-6900

Costa Rica
Calle 26 y 28 Barrio Cuba,
San José, Costa Rica.
Phone: (506) 2233-7022
Fax: (506) 2233-7502

Km 7.8 carretera a Masaya Edificio
Managua, Nicaragua
Nitalsa Modulo III
Phone. (505) 22760260 / (505) 22760262



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