For the Original SWAT, comfort and performance are its main objectives. Former Hi-Tec employee Terry Mackness founded the company in 1999 after realizing the growth potential in the law enforcement product market. Now one of the leading manufacturers of tactical boots, Original SWAT footwear fuses the basic technology utilized in tactical boots with newer technologies more commonly found in athletic shoes. The result is a better-fitting boot that provides features necessary to tactical operators. Based on the military-influenced last or the form in which the shoe is molded around, Original SWAT has increased the performance and comfort of its military boots.