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.


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


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

Core Values


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


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


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.


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.


• 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


Call us: 1-888-269-4526

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

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Order should ship within 1-2 business days of receiving them, depending on the shipping method chosen. Orders received between noon Friday and 7:00 Monday will be processed on Monday.

Orders will be processed and shipped once credit card authorization is obtained.

Orders are shipped on business days only.  (Monday – Friday, excluding Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, 2-day Thanksgiving holiday, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Please note that most shipping carriers are also closed for Ground shipping on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.)

Ground shipping is free on all orders within the U.S.A. Ground orders should be received 5-7 business days after being shipped. 

Shipments to the contiguous U.S.A. is via FedEx shipping. Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, P.O. Box, and PO/FPO addresses will be via USPS Priority Mail.  There is no additional expedited service available via USPS. Final delivery of APO/FPO shipments cannot be guaranteed.

If you choose to upgrade to 3-Day, 2-Day or Overnight shipping, additional charges will apply as follows:

  • 3-Day service - $20 shipping charge
  • 2-Day Service - $40 shipping charge
  • Overnight Service - $60 shipping charge

Expedited orders must be received and the credit card authorized by noon Pacific Time, during regular business days, in order to ship same day. Orders received after noon, will be processed and shipped the following business day.

Overnight and 2-Day shipments require a signature. On all other delivery methods, we strongly recommend shipping to an address where someone is available to accept the package.

Shipping to U.S. Territories: Most items may be shipped to U.S. Territories under our free shipping program utilizing USPS Priority Mail. Please contact us for additional information.

International Shipping: We do not ship items purchased on this website internationally.


You will receive a tracking number via email once your order ships. Please note, this tracking number will come directly from the shipping company and will reference the PO # assigned to your order. 


Our goal is simple: We want you to be as happy and confident in your footwear purchase as we are in our products. 

You may return UNWORN footwear purchased on this website for any reason within 60-days of purchase. Refunds and exchanges are always free although if the prices are different on shoes exchanged additional charges or a credit may apply. 

Simply email us at: returns@footwearspecialties.com

Include your name, order #, email address, and either the reason for the return or the exchange information. Within 24-business hours, you will receive a return shipping label via your email. You will not be charged for the cost of shipping if you use the label provided. 

Please return items in the original box. Please do not mark on the box. Please keep a copy of your return /exchange information for tracking purposes.

You will be refunded your purchase price to your original form of payment. We process returns daily and will do everything we can to make sure we take care of your return quickly. However, it may take one of more billing cycles for your refund to appear after your return has been processed by us. Your bank can answer any questions you may have about their crediting procedures.

If you did not purchase your Nautilus Safety Footwear, Avenger Work Boots or Skidbuster Footwear from this website, please contact the retailer or website where our footwear was originally purchased to learn about their own return / exchange policy.

Defective Product

From time-to-time, despite our best efforts, a product you purchase may have a defect in materials or workmanship. We stand behind our products for all manufacturing defects. If you suspect you have received defective merchandise purchased on this website, the merchandise must be returned for inspection and a determination of eligibility for a refund, a partial refund, exchange, or merchandise credit. For further instructions on returning defective merchandise for inspection, please contact us by email at:

returns@footwearspecialties.com  or by phone at 877.705.2239

If you did not purchase your Nautilus Safety Footwear, Avenger Work Boots or Skidbuster Footwear from this website, please contact the retailer or website where our footwear was originally purchased to return the product. The retailer will inspect the product for manufacturer’s defects and will offer you credit or an exchange based on their own return/exchange policy.

If the selling retailer cannot reasonably satisfy your claim, please contact us at Jim@footwearspecialties.com For further help in resolving the matter.