Portland, OR. 1996. A small group of designers and businessmen think outside the box and create Nautilus Safety Footwear - the first athletic work shoe - by taking a hugely popular basketball shoe and putting in a steel toe. The premise – why should safety shoes be heavy and uncomfortable? They shouldn’t. Nautilus Safety Footwear proves the comfort and support of the athletic shoe industry can be successfully harnessed for the work arena. While Nautilus styles encompass a variety of safety functions, Nautilus is considered a leader in the SD market, with shoes that meet or exceed the highest testing requirements of workplaces today. All Nautilus styles feature high-tech components and one of the largest selections of athletic safety toe footwear to meet job requirements for the workers who wear them.