Our Story

Since our beginnings in 1996, we have expanded our brands and product offerings to serve the Safety Footwear market for both light-duty and heavy-duty, indoor and outdoor work environments, encompassing all work functionalities, always focusing exclusively on safety.

We Only Do Work is the mantra we live by, making sure today’s workers needing safety footwear, have not only
safe, but also comfortable, work footwear.

Our family of brands —Nautilus Safety Footwear,
Avenger Work Boots, and Skidbuster by Nautilus —
offer over 200 different styles, in more sizes and widths than any other safety footwear
manufacturer, to ensure we can meet the growing technical and comfort needs of industrial workers in all working conditions.

Vision

Our focus on work footwear keeps today’s works safe and comfortable, all day, every day.

Mission

Our team is devoted to creating and delivering high performance work footwear with superior service and value to our customers worldwide.

Core Values

COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE

We perform to the highest level of standards for our customers, employees, and owners.

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD

Changing the status quo in a changing world demands innovative thinking and a dedication to grow.

WORKING TOGETHER WITH PASSION

Our greatest potential will be achieved through collaboration, dedication and striving to a common goal.

Our People

Our dedicated team lives and breaths to delight our customers.

We are a dedicated team to delivering value to our customers by providign high quality, durable safety footwear that is shipped on time - all the time.

Leadership


Pat Ritz CEO & Chairman
Aaron G. Atkinson President, COO & CFO
Dawn Pearson VP Operations
Mark Reilly VP Product
Andrea Velott Customer Service Manager
Jeff Hicks Warehouse and Distribution Manager
Sheryl Wolfe Corporate Controller

Our Brands

• Comfort and value in traditionally designed
work boots you can wear every day, all day.


• Large assortment with multiple widths and
sizes for many levels of protection to fit
your working needs.


• All Avenger Work Boots meet or exceed all
required ASTM specifications.

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH WEAR AVENGER.

• Nautilus Safety Footwear created the first
athletic safety footwear that has always
been focused on comfort and safety.

• A leader in the Electric Static Dissipative
market, Nautilus offers more ESD styles, sizes,
and widths than any other manufacturer.


• But, not only ESD shoes, our styles also include
EH, waterproof, and the “Skidbuster by
Nautilus” line of slip-resistant styles, all which
meet or exceed required ASTM standards.

Our Skidbuster line is a leading brand of highly slip resistant footwear for the service industry and beyond.  

All products are desgined for comfort and value for the consumer.

Our Technology


STATE OF THE ART

Footwear Specialties International’s brands offer protection and comfort with serious safety features in all our safety styles. Our products meet or exceed the rigorous ASTM safety standards. Whether safety or soft toe, used in an outdoor or an indoor working environment, from heavy construction to the service industry, we build our boots and shoes to keep you comfortable from day to night.

STEEL SAFETY TOE CAP

Our steel safety toe cap styles provide maximum toe room for comfort and the ultimate in protection for safety. Our structured steel cap is capable of withstanding over 2,500 lbs. of compression and 75 lbs. of impact as detailed below in the Impact/Compression Standards section. All of our safety toe styles meet or exceed ASTM 2413-11 I/75 C/75 impact and compression specifications.

NO EXPOSED METAL

Our “No Exposed Metal” footwear is designed so no exposed component of the footwear will scratch or mark any working surface, offering less risk of damage to them. Utilizing slip-on styles or self-eyelets of leather, nylon, or plastic, this footwear offers great design, safety toe protection and peace-of-mind for employers.

COMPOSITE SAFETY TOE CAP

Our composite safety toe cap features a high-tech molded polymer cap with a weight that is one-third less than a traditional steel toe cap. These protective shells are made of non-conductive material which does not transmit heat or cold and does not activate metal detectors. They are non-magnetic and static free. Our unique design dissipates impact and meets or exceeds ASTM 2413-11 I/75 c/75 impact and compression specifications.

METATARSAL GUARD

Our Metatarsal Guard footwear styles offer maximum flexibility, comfort, and durability. Our light-duty Metatarsal Guard line offers both internal protection and an external hinges construction; with both styles designed to offer the ultimate in protection and wearability. Our heavier-duty internal Metatarsal Guard line provides more substantial protection including high heat outsole protection to 600° F. All out Metatarsal Guard footwear meet or exceed ASTM 2413-11 Section 5.3 specifications.

CARBON NANOFIBER SAFETY TOE CAP

Innovative Carbon Nanofiber material makes these safety toes the lightest and most advanced safety toe available today. The weight of these toes is 50% less than a traditional steel safety toe cap and 40% less than a standard composite toe cap. These toes will not conduct heat or cold, will not activate metal detectors, are non-magnetic, and static free. All Carbon Nanofiber Safety Toe styles meet or exceed all ASTM 2413-11 I/75 C/75 impact and compression specifications.

PUNCTURE RESISTANT

Puncture resistant footwear contains a midsole plate which is designed to reduce the hazards of puncture wounds caused by sharp objects penetrating the outsole. Our puncture resistant footwear feature a Lenzi® brand puncture resistant plate. The flexible Lenzi® fabric allows full sole coverage, as well as greater movement and dexterity, resulting in a more flexible fit which allows you to work safer, longer, and more comfortably.

Electronic static dissipation

Our distinctive design and construction meets as SD requirements for static-dissipative footwear. To be marketed as static-dissipative, footwear must pass testing requirements established by ASTM. Shoes must offer electrical resistance of greater than 1, but less than 100 megohms. All our SD footwear meet ASTM 2413-11 Section 5.6 and ASTM 2892-11 Section 5.3 specifications.

PLEASE NOTE: REPLACING THE ORIGINAL INSOLE WITH INSOLES OTHER THAN NAUTILUS SAFETY FOOTWEAR’S ANTI-FATIGUE STATIC-DISSIPATING REPLACEMENT INSOLES COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT OR INVALIDATE THE SD PROPERTIES OF THE FOOTWEAR.

SLIP RESISTANT


There are no government regulations creating slip-resistant standards but a minimum wet slip resistance value of 0.5 is classified slip resistant with a minimum value of 0.25 recommended in oily or contaminated surfaces.

WATERPROOF


No matter what the weather or working conditions, our waterproof work boots, featuring both membrane and seam-sealed styles, help keep your feet safe, dry, and comfortable.

INSULATED


Our insulated construction features Thinsulate™ brand insulation to trap warm air between the layers, keeping your feet safe and warm all day, no matter what the weather or working  conditions.

IMPACT/COMPRESSION STANDARDS


Under the ASTM Class 75 test for impact a shoe must withstand a 75 lb. impact with 12.7 mm (0.50 in.) clearance for men’s and 11.9 mm (0.468 in.) for women’s. Under the Class 75 test for compression, a shoe must
withstand 2500 lbs. of compression while maintaining at least 12.7 mm (0.50 in.) for men’s and 11.9 mm (0.468 in.) for women’s.

Our Retail Partners

You are certain to find our footwear at one of your favorite stores! Shop with confidence at a retailer you know for our great brands you can trust to meet all your safety footwear needs.

CONTACT US

Call us: 1-888-269-4526
info@footwearspecialties.com

Our Street Address:
13136 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

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