History

Made with passion

In 1910, the vision of our founder Johann van Elten brought a breakthrough for safety footwear as we know it today: the first ELTEN safety shoe made of leather instead of wood.

Today we are one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of quality safety and work shoes. With more than 310 employees, we produce approximately 2 million pairs of shoes each year.

This tradition, together with the personal dedication of every single employee, underpins our commitment to the protection and safety of the individual.

2015

Introduction of the new series WELLMAXX. Safety shoes with a revolutionary sole core made of Infinergy® by BASF.

2014

Introduction of the new series BIOMEX DYNAMICS with a special outsole concept.

2013

Introduction of a concept for semi-orthopaedic inlay soles.

2013

The innovative outsole DIMENSION PRO was developed in cooperation with scientists of Tübingen University – for more comfort and safety on modern industrial floors.

2012

Introduction of safety shoes equipped with the BOA closure system, replacing customary laces

2011

With its new series L10, ELTEN sets new standards when it comes to modern safety footwear.

2008

ELTEN offers orthopaedic foot protection according to DGUV-Rule 112-191

2007

Elten introduces safety shoes with a composite toe cap

2006

ELTEN ERGO-ACTIVE, the new fit pros with 4 feature technology

2005

Cooperation with brand manufacturer LOWA

2004

Introduction of L-Protection, a non-metallic penetration-resistant midsole

2003

BIOMEX PROTECTION© for the stabilization of the ankle joints

2002

Construction of a modern distribution centre in Uedem

2001

Introduction of the patented ELTEN SAFETY-GRIP sole

2000

Introduction of ELTEN ESD-line for protection against electrostatic endangered devices

1995

Heiner van Elten and Jörg van Elten (from 2002) take over the management as the company founder’s great-grandchildren

1984

Development of the directly injected two-layer sole PU/PU

Since 1960

Use of steel toe caps to protect the toes

1954

Heinz van Elten and later on also Eugen van Elten are the third generation of the family to run the business

1950

Heinrich van Elten takes over the paternal company

1947-1949

Reconstruction of the factory and administration

1945

Complete demolition of the production facilities and administration

Since 1920

Individual development of styles which fit the demands of industry and skilled trades
Top left: mining boot from 1950
Unten links: Laced boot from 1960
Right: Armed forces boot from 1970

1910

Foundation of the shoe factory in Uedem by Johann van Elten.
The first Elten work shoes made of leather – instead of wood, as it was common at that time