ALTAMA was founded in 1969 in Darien, Georgia. Originally a children’s shoe plant, the facility was converted to manufacture olive drab jungle boots for US Soldiers serving in Vietnam. Since 1969, ALTAMA has been a leading manufacturer of Mil-Spec boots for the US Department of Defense, supplying to thousands of military personnel worldwide. In addition to the US Military, ALTAMA markets and distributes its products to federal, state and local agencies, military schools, police, Special Forces, uniform shops and Army/Navy retailers.
In 1991, following Desert Storm, ALTAMA developed a line of high performance combat boots for civilian use with the traditional Panama sole. These boots combine the design features of our Mil-Spec boots and are made using the same knowledge gained from that experience. To achieve more traction for road marches, soldiers began taking their boots to shoe repair shops and resoling them with “saw tooth” bottoms. Therefore in 2003, ALTAMA began manufacturing Original Ripple Sole Boots and was the first company to make them available for civilian use.
ALTAMA’s Hoplite® series, introduced in 2008, was developed as core equipment for the modern day hoplite; the American warrior. Built from the ground up, these tactical assault boots are designed to exceed the needs of the most well trained fighting force the world has ever known. Due to the success of the tan Hoplite®, ALTAMA introduced the sage color allowing ALTAMA to reach the United States Air Force.
Based on ALTAMA’s extensive knowledge and experience in designing and producing high performance combat footwear, 3 series of tactical boots with a new level of comfort in mind for the law enforcement and public safety footwear markets were developed. The LITESpeed, EXOSpeed and Ortho-TacX® Series have been developed with some of the most technical and high end materials on the market today. These lightweight styles are focused on ultimately reducing fatigue and enhancing on-the-job performance.
In 2010, ALTAMA launched the Panamoc® series, a line of footwear designed to appeal to the men and women in the military service branches. These shoes are built for maximum comfort in times when boots aren’t required or for after duty wear. The Panamoc® collection is manufactured to ALTAMA’s high quality standards providing superior durability, slip resistance, traction and comfort.
For 45 consecutive years, ALTAMA has carried America's military through the jungles, in the deserts, and over the mountains. ALTAMA’s strong commitment to customer satisfaction and excellent quality in every pair of boots has earned the respect of men and women around the world for 40 years.
In 2014, Original Footwear gained the honor of building upon this rich history. We will face any and all challenges now and the years ahead, drawing upon our wealth of proven experience building Original S.W.A.T. tactical footwear. For more information read more here.
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