Established in 2014, Altercore brand is the result of experience and passion for durable, comfortable and visually distinctive footwear. The idea to produce high-quality steel caps in Poland finds its genesis in the 1980s, when the brand’s creator, as a teenager, observed the style of sturdy shoes used by heavy industry workers in the Gdansk shipyard, in the People’s Republic of Poland hidden behind the Iron Curtain. It was the only available option for young people who wanted to stand out from their peers.

      The road from idea to realization found its outlet in the following decade. The robust, locally produced steel caps, initially under the Heavy Duty brand, quickly conquered the hearts and shoe lockers of people who liked an alternative style or belonged to all kinds of subcultures. The craftsmanship of the brand, its bond to the city of Gdansk and rebel music are extremely important to brand’s creators. The brand’s stands with the characteristic logo can be found at many festivals, and the background for photo shoots has often been the towering shipyard production halls and cranes.

      In the 20s of the 21st century, Altercore still conscientiously pursues the idea that every person should be able to express themselves through style, without compromising on quality. For this reason, a large proportion of the company’s current and upcoming products are 100 percent vegan footwear made from certified synthetic materials.