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.
Introduction of the new series WELLMAXX. Safety shoes with a revolutionary sole core made of Infinergy® by BASF.
Introduction of the new series BIOMEX DYNAMICS with a special outsole concept.
Introduction of a concept for semi-orthopaedic inlay soles.
The innovative outsole DIMENSION PRO was developed in cooperation with scientists of Tübingen University – for more comfort and safety on modern industrial floors.
Introduction of safety shoes equipped with the BOA closure system, replacing customary laces
With its new series L10, ELTEN sets new standards when it comes to modern safety footwear.
ELTEN offers orthopaedic foot protection according to DGUV-Rule 112-191
Elten introduces safety shoes with a composite toe cap
ELTEN ERGO-ACTIVE, the new fit pros with 4 feature technology
Cooperation with brand manufacturer LOWA
Introduction of L-Protection, a non-metallic penetration-resistant midsole
BIOMEX PROTECTION© for the stabilization of the ankle joints
Construction of a modern distribution centre in Uedem
Introduction of the patented ELTEN SAFETY-GRIP sole
Introduction of ELTEN ESD-line for protection against electrostatic endangered devices
Heiner van Elten and Jörg van Elten (from 2002) take over the management as the company founder’s great-grandchildren
Development of the directly injected two-layer sole PU/PU
Use of steel toe caps to protect the toes
Heinz van Elten and later on also Eugen van Elten are the third generation of the family to run the business
Heinrich van Elten takes over the paternal company
Reconstruction of the factory and administration
Complete demolition of the production facilities and administration
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
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