Magnum History

1974Hi-Tec Sports founded by Frank Van Wezel

Hi-Tec Sports was founded in 1974 in the appropriately named village of Shoeburyness, in Essex, England. Hi-Tec’s original success grew from the breakthrough design and development of Hi-Tec's first ever shoe, the Hi-Tec Squash, specifically designed for the then fast growing game of squash. An industry benchmark then and now, few shoes in athletic footwear history have recorded unit sales of over 18 million pairs worldwide to date. The Hi-Tec Squash remains Britain's all-time best selling sports shoe model to this day.
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1982 Hi-Tec Magnum is born

Hi-Tec Magnum is born through a demand from the FBI training centre at Quantico, Virginia, USA, for lightweight, athletically built black tactical boots. Until this point the officers were wearing the Hi-Tec Sierra Lite Hiking boot but the request came for an all black, high top version with a shineable toe, giving birth to the original tactical boot constructed using sports shoe materials.

1983The first ever Hi-Tec Magnum tactical boot hits the market.

Once the FBI spread the word, the demand came to supply this product nationwide, as more law enforcement and security personnel wanted the comfort and super light performance of this ground-breaking product.

1985Investment is made in R&D to increase the Hi-Tec Magnum collection

As demand grew for this type of boot, we invested a lot of time in researching what the end user wanted from Magnum boots. The end users told us that there was a need for several variations of the popular style in a mid cut, including the boot being available in full leather, waterproof and steel toe versions.

1990First ever complete global Magnum footwear collection is launched

Once Magnum was well established across the USA, the demand from around the world increased, which meant that the collection needed to appeal to different climates, tastes and approaches to uniform requirements. A global Magnum footwear collection was created.

1998Magnum advisory council is established

In 1988 Magnum set up its own dedicated Magnum Advisory Committee (MAC), referring back to the end-user for valuable feedback and guidance. MAC comprised of members of the various emergency services and Military forces working alongside the Magnum Development Team testing and advising on all new product development in their day-to-day work environment. This helps to ensure all Magnum footwear is truly ‘Fit for Purpose’ and continues to exceed end-user requirements.

2002 Magnum officially separates from Hi-Tec

In 2001 Magnum officially separated from Hi-Tec to become a stand-alone brand. As the Magnum business grew, it became apparent that Magnum could stand on its own two feet as a brand, backed up by dedicated design, development, sales and marketing teams. Magnum had come of age.

2003 The Elite Force series becomes the first ever globally certified tactical footwear collection

For the highly trained officer demanding the very best in materials, features, materials, comfort and performance. The Elite Force series is built to the highest technical and design standards. Gaining high praises from law enforcement personnel and gear reviewers alike, the Elite Series can easily be touted as the most progressive line of tactical footwear in the industry.

2006 Magnum Stealth is the #1 selling uniform boot in the world.

Sold in 80 countries around the world. The first choice for Law Enforcement, Ambulance, Fire and Security Professionals. Lightweight Athletic comfort, yet built like a battleship!

2009 Magnum claims another industry first – ion-mask technology by P2i

In 2009 Magnum joined forces with P2i, pioneering the introduction of their ground-breaking ion-maskTM technology to the tactical footwear industry. ion-maskTM is a patented plasma-based technology, originally developed for the UK military, to repel chemicals and protect soldiers from chemical attack. It permanently alters the surface of a product at a molecular level to repel water and other liquids even blood pathogens– which are forced to bead up like mercury and simply run-off to protect the wearer.

2010 Spider Collection: The Species Evolves

Pushing the Boundaries of Industry leading design innovation. The highest performance boot for the highest performing special operators. The Exo Skeletal frame cradles the ankle and foot for maximum support, allowing maximum weight reduction without any compromise in performance.

2012Magnum Wins Top Award

In 2012, Magnum were proud winners of the prestigious SATRA PPE Innovation Award for ‘Best Innovation in Safety Footwear’ at the Professional Clothing Awards.

2013Magnum Armadillo storms the healthcare market

2013 saw the launch of the Armadillo HPi. This shoe not only adheres to both the Royal College of Nursing’s minimum standards guidance and the Department of Health’s good practice advice, it has also been designed and manufactured to provide unprecedented levels of comfort and protection, allowing nurses to genuinely focus more on patient care.