French group Royer has acquired the worldwide activities of shoe brand Kickers from the Roger Zannier group for an undisclosed sum.

The deal does not include the Kickers holding company Kickers Worldwide - owned by Zannier - which will now change its name, a Royer spokeswoman confirmed.

Created in 1970, and acquired by Zannier in 1988, French brand Kickers is best-known for its ankle boot range available in an array of colours.  
 
Kickers, which posted a 2006 turnover of EUR61m (US$79.24m), represents Royer's first brand acquisition.
 
Up until now, the Brittany-based family firm has specialised in supplying shoes under licence for brands such as Converse, Von Dutch, Sergio Tacchini, Airwalk, Bullrot, Lee Cooper, Levi Signature, Lulu Castagnette, Morgan and Naf Naf.

In 2006 the company posted a turnover of EUR150m from a distribution volume totalling 25m pairs of shoes. Last year, it acquired a majority stake in German counterpart Central Park Shoes.

By Stuart Todd.