Java Footwear PTY. LTD
Trading as Taipan Footwear

Address: 40-42 Swanston Street,
VIC 3072

Email us 03 9480 0199


...when only the best will do

Innovations and advanced technology

The best that you can offer

DDR soles offer the lightest boots, maximum comfort and the best performance of any boots available in the market.

We improved our DDR technology to offer the best slip resistant rubber sole.

Taipan has gone nuts with its news DDR rubber sole technology. In fact, we have developed a new rubber compound that integrates walnut shells into the sole. Walnut shells are one of the hardest natural substances in the world. That’s why Taipan developed USR Technology, which incorporates thousands of crushed walnut shells into the rubber compound of all of the rubber outsoles on our boots.

These walnut shells act like tiny spikes that dig into any slippery surface, providing added traction, especially during wet or icy conditions.

Being a naturally-derived material, they are also friendly to the environment as the soles wear down.

We use only the best quality raw materials, to provide the best quality boot

There are 4 types (i.e. quality) of leather. Full grain leather is the best quality leather you can use on footwear. Anything else, by any other name, is of a lesser quality. Full grain leather refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide.


The most important part of a leather fire boot may not be what first comes to mind. Many might think it’s the leather, or the liner, or the outsole. But in reality, the most important part of a leather fire boot are the seams (i.e. the stitching). The seams in a boot represent the weakest point, and thus the most susceptible to breakage. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that your leather boots have the best quality stitching possible.

Although the quality of the thread used in the stitching is important, the fact is that all leather boot manufacturers use the same type of stitching thread. A more appropriate way of determining if your boots have the best stitching is to just look at the seams and count the number of stitching lines. The more stitching lines, the better.

Which one is for you ?

Many of you have been asked, or will be asked about composite toe protectors vs the more traditional steel toe protectors In fire boots. I have outlined below some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of toe protector, so you can better discuss this with potential clients. Both steel toe protectors and composite toe protectors are designed to protect the feet. Both of them must pass the NFPA 1971 test for impact resistance. The problem here is that the NFPA 1971 requires that only one impact test be done on these toe protectors.

Composite toe protectors are usually lighter than the steel tow protectors. Some manufacturers claim that composite toe protectors insulate better against cold weather, but the fact is that this is a false misconception. Both the composite material and the steel material transmit cold (or heat) at the same rate as the other. The toe box protector on NFPA 1971 certified boots does not usually touch the end-users feet, which is where the cold (or heat) transmission would occur. If the toe box protector were to touch the end-user’s feet, the boots would be uncomfortable to walk around in.

Steel toe protectors are usually heavier and less expensive than the composite toe protectors. There is one major disadvantage to the composite toe protector, which does not occur with the steel toe protector. Based on testing for impact resistance on toe protectors, the toe protectors must only resist to one impact.

What happens to the steel toe protector after this impact ? The steel toe protector shows signs of deformation (dents and dings). If these deformations are excessive, the end-user is immediately aware when they either remove or put on their boots. The end-user is immediately aware that the toe protection is diminished and that they should act accordingly.

What happens to the composite toe protector after this impact ? The composite toe protector cracks. It does not give the end-user any warning signs that the toe protection has been diminished. Therefore, the end-user is unaware that they are using a boot with diminished toe protection (as the cracked toe protector is hidden inside the boot). This leaves the end-user open to severe injuries if a second impact were to occur on their boots. Taipan made the choice to remain with the steel toe protectors for safety reasons. Our boots are already lighter than the boots from the competition, plus they offer the best insulation of any NFPA 1971 compliant fire boot available. Therefore, there is no need to put the safety of our clients at risk with the use of a composite toe protector.



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