Research and Development
Protecting your feet.
The best in safety footwear technology:
We’ve been crafting boots since the late 1800s. So we reckon we know a thing or two about comfort, quality and safety.
Embarking on a continuous research and development program, we strive to be the best in our field. Our research and design team based in Hobart searches the globe for the finest materials and components to create the best and latest in safety footwear.
Technology and innovation
Did you know that there are 52 bones in your feet—one quarter of all your bones? There are 66 joints and more than 200 muscles, ligaments and tendons. Your feet deserve the best because they work hard. The average person walks four times around the globe in their lifetime. 100+ tonnes of pressure are put on your feet daily—equivalent to a fully loaded cement truck.
We develop our footwear to ensure the foot is protected, the sole is comfortable yet supportive, provides stability through the ankle and allows your foot to bend at the correct point.
The sole comfort technology in our high-tech safety boots is also incorporated into our casual styles. So you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to look good.
We’re a heritage company that has not only embraced new technologies but actively engineered our own comfort and safety solutions.
SPS MAX sole technology has been designed to provide ultimate protection and support, reducing fatigue and orthopaedic problems in the lower back, legs and feet. SPS MAX includes XRD® Extreme Impact Protection, a lightweight, thin and breathable cushioning material that’s engineered for repeated impact and shock absorption. It absorbs up to 90% of energy at high speed impact. And this high-tech material isn’t only in our safety footwear but our casual boots too.
XRD® is a registered trademark of Rogers Corporation.
Next-generation safety boots
A pair of work boots is useless if they’re not safe and comfortable. Often made for specific conditions, safety boots are all about hardcore features that are built around keeping feet secure — in all kinds of environments — while still offering a range of comfort features.
The boots in our safety series come in a range of elastic sided, lace up, Boa® Fit System or zip sided designs – all with a protective toe cap for maximum safety.
Hobart gumboot manufacturing
We utilise world-leading Italian technology to produce our gumboot range in Hobart, Tasmania, with a capacity to manufacture 400,000 pairs a year. Our gumboot range features three premium quality PVC densities, delivering ultimate comfort, lighter weights, and extended product life. We’re also mindful of reducing the impact on our environment, with our innovative world-first reprocessing of waste PVC.
Catering to the diverse and demanding mining, construction, agricultural and food industries, our gumboot range showcases the way innovation can provide better comfort and better protection for workers.