Magnum comes up trumps at the 2014 Professional Clothing Awards!

Magnum are proud to announce that our company Chairman and founder, Frank van Wezel, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s 2014 Professional Clothing Awards. It’s a double celebration for Magnum as our Armadillo HPI nurses shoe also won an award for Best Innovation in Safety Footwear!

It was a fantastic evening, full of amazing awards and packed with influential faces. Magnum were thrilled when Frank was announced as the winner of this spectacular award and watched proudly as he accepted.

Frank van Wezel founded Hi-Tec Sports in 1974, which grew from his success of his design and development of the first ever Squash shoe. This innovative footwear lead to the growth of a global company and the number 1 selling uniform boot in the world.

In 1982, Magnum was founded through the demand from the FBI training centre at Quantico (Virginia USA) for lightweight, athletically built black tactical boots. Over the next 20 years the demand for Magnum boots grew as the brand branched out into security personnel and public and law enforcement services. To this day we are still being approached with new requests and need for our lightweight tactical footwear. Frank first commercialised the first ever tactical boot resulting in the Hi-Tec Magnum collection, until it became apparent that Magnum was a strong stand alone brand that was in massive demand.

The Armadillo was founded from the demand for nurses’ footwear. The NHS, whilst providing specific clothing instructions, gave no directive for footwear. After researching the minimum requirements from the Royal College of Nursing, Magnum decided to create a comfortable, non-slip shoe that provides equal support and durability in the workplace. The Armadillo emerged from this criteria employing all the suitable qualities and needs that nurses would need in their footwear. A lot of research and understanding went in to creating and manufacturing of this award winning shoe and Magnum couldn’t be prouder of the outcome!

Frank’s lifelong achievements go above and beyond the call of duty. He has a tireless dedication that has influenced his team and seen huge success of the brand. In 2013 Frank was proudly awarded an Honorary Degree of Business Administration by Anglia Ruskin, a University that celebrates the achievements of outstanding achievements in their field.

Magnum would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for the dedication and passion generated from Frank van Wezel. Frank is a man whose vision has created a platform of creative, enthusiastic employees and world class footwear as well as employing endless devotion to the company.

We want to take this time to say CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FRANK!