RIDGE FOOTWEAR COMPANY – OUR HISTORY
2016 was a landmark year for Ridge Footwear. Over twenty years ago, we created a performance footwear brand that stood for quality, style, function, and value. With the support of our partners and customers, we have grown to become a recognized, relevant, and trusted brand in tactical footwear and accessories.
In September 1996, Ridge Footwear launched with 9 models designed for sportsmen and public safety personnel. Within a few short years, we narrowed our footwear line to exclusively serve the public safety sector in order to focus on the needs of police, fire and medical personnel in the U.S. and beyond. This focus has allowed us to be a solid and reliable footwear manufacturer for 20 years. During that time, we’ve expanded our footwear collection to over 20 models, developed our own Made in the U.S.A. performance socks, and created a unique and popular concealment undergarment called the Packin’ Tee®.
As an innovative company, Ridge Footwear was the first tactical footwear manufacturer to design air cushioning into our outsoles in 1997. This was ahead of its time for the uniform market, but proved to be popular in years to come. We continue to incorporate air cushioning in our Air-Tac series to provide reduced shoe weight and additional comfort.
Since the inception of Ridge Footwear, it has been a priority to provide our customers with first class customer service, top quality, and a variety of products to meet the needs of tactical and public safety personnel. Reliability is key: Our veteran staff has been with us from 6 – 15 years, and our product return rate is far less than 2%. Our USA—based family owned and operated company is rare but solid in a congested, corporate marketplace. Ridge Footwear is proud to serve the police, security, fire, medic and military men and women around the world for over 20 years and we look forward to 20 more.
Ridge footwear provides many styles of boots, shoes, and accessories to accommodate a variety of needs including:
- Tan, Black, and Coyote Tactical Boots
- Motorcycle Boots
- Waterproof Boots
- Waterproof/Blood Borne Pathogen Resistant Boots
- Oxford Shoes
- Coolmax® Moisture Wicking Socks
- Packin’ Tee Concealed Weapon Shirt
Ridge Footwear cares about You, the customer, and your satisfaction. Take a look, try a pair and you will find quality, comfort and durability built in every product we offer.
Ridge Outdoors Mission Work
Guatemala Mission Work – Ridge Outdoors has developed a program to supply new defective or warranty returned boots to those who are less fortunate and have great need for Footwear.
These photos are from Guatemala, where 5 native Pastors spend their days travelling by foot to the local communities ministering and helping those who have lost hope or just need some support. Ridge supplies them with footwear that will help them be as comfortable as possible while walking hundreds of miles each month.
Most of these locals have no shoes or one pair that has to last them many years at a time so the donated footwear is much appreciated. We supply mostly new gear but even returned/defects are much better than anything that they would normally get to wear.
Franz Martens (shown to the left) has spent most of his life in the Mission field all over the world. He and others we work with show us the need and we provide the best we can.
Please Contact Us if you would like to contribute to our efforts or donate shoes.