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Original Footwear Purchases Wellco and Altama

This letter went out last night from Kevin Cole President of Original Footwear (aka Original SWAT) regarding their purchase of Wellco and Altama brands out of Ch 11 Bankruptcy. This is great news as they salvage these brands and institute US production for Original SWAT.

Dear valued customers,

We are pleased to announce that our company, Original Footwear, has purchased the majority of the assets of Tactical Holdings and Operations Inc. as of August 15th, 2014. Most notably we welcome the Wellco and Altama companies—brands with a wealth of history, research, and footwear technology.

These premier footwear brands have served military personnel for generations and will live on next to our already successful and rapidly growing Original S.W.A.T. brand of performance tactical boots. With our fifteen-year record of constantly improving footwear manufacturing techniques and quality assurance, this acquisition is a perfect fit for all involved.

There are many important steps to take, and our journey has just begun. We will face all obstacles head on. As a first priority, we are consolidating manufacturing at our state-of-the-art facility in Morristown, Tennessee, and ramping up USA production.

Our unwavering mission is to create the most reliable military and law enforcement boots on the market, and ensure our availability standards are met. Combining Original S.W.A.T’s consistent quality and value with Wellco and Altama’s unique understanding of military needs, we are confident that the end results will far exceed our customers’ expectations.

Thank you for your time and understanding. Please make note of our new Customer Service information below and feel free to contact us at any time.

Best regards,

Kevin Cole
Original Footwear

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12 Responses to “Original Footwear Purchases Wellco and Altama”

  1. Dev says:

    That’s great news. However is manufacturing going to remain in the USA?

    • Daniel says:

      “As a first priority, we are consolidating manufacturing at our state-of-the-art facility in Morristown, Tennessee, and ramping up USA production. ”

      And as a Tennessean, Go Vols!

  2. bulldog76 says:

    make a size 14 wide green upper jungle boot and im sold

    • AbnMedOps says:

      ‘zactly…green canvas jungle boots. What is old should be new again!

      • bulldog76 says:

        i love them old jungle boots

      • MattF says:

        Will second that motion.
        DMS Panama Sole, black full grain leather, OD canvas uppers, Saran insoldes, and brass mesh drainage screens.
        Worked for hundreds of thousands of troops in Vietnam and decades after.

        • Buckaroomedic says:

          +1, but please modernize it a little bit. For example; speed lace, cordura upper, silicone impregnated leather, etc, etc.

  3. Joshua says:

    Narrow, for the love of all that is holy make Narrow widths.

  4. Garry Bowman says:

    I think this is a smart step from Original Footwear at this point of time. Taking along brands like Wellco and Altama will not only help them get more customers, but will also make it possible for them to expand their range of products. Let’s hope this convergence will prove to be equally rewarding for military personnel.

  5. AaronF says:

    I hope they keep Altamas quality or improve on it. My father and I wore thier boots in the U.S. Army during our respective wars. I’ve always been picky about boots and I will be just as picky now that original S.W.A.T. has bought Altama out.