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Original SWAT Public Order Boot, Winner of NAUMD’s Best Footwear Innovation Award

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Morristown, TN – March 28, 2018

The development of the Original Footwear Co public order boot was the result of feedback from users around the Globe. Traditionally boots used for public order had an external metatarsal guard to protect the lace area at the front of the foot. This didn’t also work so well however. Police officers were still getting injured due to the guards not fitting properly and if petrol bombs were thrown the petrol would tend to continue to burn underneath the guard damaging both the boot and potentially causing further injury.

Our response to that was to make a boot with a metatarsal guard that was integrated into the boot. High impact PU is built into the tongue area of the boot and additional protection is also provided on the external ankle area of the boot.

The boot is made from fire resistant full grain leather and also has FR laces and thread. Non metallic safety toe cap and a non metallic anti-penetration plate provide excellent protection and the boot is finished with 3M® Defender to ensure liquid run off the boots.

After extensive end user testing around the World the boot is now complete and certified to EN ISO 20345:2011, the international safety boot standard and British Standard BS 7971:2016 Part 5 which is the only dedicated public order footwear standard in the World.

“We are honored that our Original S.W.A.T.® Public Order Boot won the Best Footwear Innovation Award at NAUMD. We worked hard to get this product certified by the major safety testing agencies in the world.” said Kevin Cole, CEO of the Original Footwear Company.

The Original S.W.A.T® Public Order Boot is now available worldwide.


Altama Maritime Assaults – Military Morons Edition

Saturday, November 18th, 2017


Yesterday, I received this note from Military Morons.

As you may guess, the Altama Maritime Assaults have been my favourite everyday wear footwear, for many reasons.

A couple of months ago, I thought it’d be cool to have some Altama Maritime Assaults in an OD/Black colour scheme, inspired by the classic Vietnam Jungle Boots. I asked them about it and they liked that idea, and put in the order for the samples. I also requested that these come without the large pull loops in the back. They went a step further and put my militarymorons skull logo on my one-of-a-kind samples.

Whether these eventually become a collaborative special edition, or a standard colour offering from Altama, I thought you might like to throw these pics up on SSD.



So what do you think? Should they produce a run of these Military Morons special edition Maritime Assaults?



Original Footwear Co., Now the Largest Mil-Spec Footwear Manufacturer to the DoD After Acquiring Wolverine Worldwide Factory

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Big Rapids, MI – October 4, 2017?The Original Footwear Co. acquired Wolverine Worldwide’s factory in Big Rapids, MI as well as the assets associated with the United Sates Department of Defense contract business on September 29, 2017.

The new facility will allow Original Footwear to expand their current government contract business. Additionally, the company has two other US facilities which are based in Morristown, TN and Puerto Rico.

“We are excited about the opportunity ahead.” said Kevin Cole, CEO of the Original Footwear Co. “We are bringing on 400 new employees to the Original Footwear team and we welcome them to the family.”

A worker in the Big Rapids factory is seen conducting the waterproof test.

The Big Rapids factory has been in operation since 1948. With over a half century of technical expertise in footwear industry, the factory has the capability of producing up to 3,000 pairs per day. All factory workers will remain employed and continue operations under their new parent company.


OP Tactical Has Altama Maritime Assault Boots – Low, In Stock

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

It seems like we've all been waiting with bated breath for Altama's new line of Maritime Assault Boots to hit the market, but they finally made it.

With Uppers made from 1000D Cordura, they are fin friendly and incorporate mesh drain holes. The sole system includes a removable Ultron PU insole, full-length one-piece ABS shank for stability and support when climbing a caving ladder, and sticky SEAL Rubber outsoles with a Panama tread pattern.

They are offered in MultiCam, Black and Coyote. These are full-size shoes (7-14) with no half-sizes, so it's best to size up.

So far, O P Tactical has the low top model in stock. Look around the web and you should be able to find the mid-top soon as well.


Original Footwear – Patch Swap 2017

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

During last year’s SHOT Show, Original Footwear hosted a very popular patch swap event where attendees exchanged a personal patch for a limited edition patch from Original Footwear. They want this year’s swap to be even bigger.

To participate:
-Visit the Altama/OSWAT Booth #20149 during SHOT Show (Jan 17 – Jan 20)
-Have your badge scanned at the booth
-Leave a patch of your own
-Receive one of 2 exclusive patches
-Participants will be entered to win pair of boots chosen after SHOT

They are also inviting folks who want to stop by the booth, to leave their stories of why footwear is important, both on and off the job.

One lucky participant will earn themselves free boots…for life!


Original Footwear Opens Factory Store

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Original Footwear, manufacturers of Original S.W.A.T. and Altama boots, launched their factory store this morning.

They have a fully stocked retail location adjoining the factory at:
5968 Commerce Blvd.,
Morristown, TN 37814

In addition to quality Factory Seconds, they also offer New footwear at discounted prices.

Original Footwear runs an amazing factory in Morristown, and while it’s about an hour outside of Knoxville, the area is beautiful and not far from the Smoky Mountains. It’s definitely worth a stop, if you find yourself in the area.

Granger Smith – Helping Out A Homeless Vet

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Many SSD readers may be fans of country singer Granger Smith. He’s a very patriotic young man who documents his life on tour through episodes of ‘Yee Yee TV‘, posted to his website. Granger also raises money and awareness for military charities but this episode, dated as it is, shows him spending some time with a homeless Veteran he met on the road.

I really like how they played together and then Granger gave back with the gift of the boots. You can tell he’s having a good time and making a difference while doing it. Original Footwear sponsors Granger’s Boot Walk, an annual 100 mile walk from Austin to Fort Hood, Texas.  

Altama Introduces Jungle II Boot at SHOT Show

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Altama listened to wearers of the classic US military jungle boot. As they worked to improve the boot, they concentrated in materials and kept the classic design. The resulting Jungle II boot improves areas of water absorption, puncture resistance, and comfort. They worked with US leather tanneries to significantly reduce the amount of water that is absorbed through the leather and replaced the steel plate with PunctureX material so now it covers the whole foot without any gaps. They also created a cushion-like midsole through a unique Dual Density Rubber (DDR) lasting. This process allows them to keep the rigid outsole but add comfort to the foot.


This video shows how it’s done.

So far I’ve seen Black and OD. Hoping for a Coyote model.