In 1962 Highmark Shoes was established by Bill Allender, who spent the previous 40 years gaining valuable experience in footwear design, development, manufacturing and management.

In 1962 Bill began manufacturing boots in his garage at the rear of his Preston home.

Bill’s Son, Russell, soon followed the family tradition and became an apprentice to his father.

That same year, due to increased production, Highmark Shoes began renting premises in Plenty Rd, Preston.

By 1972, Russell had taken over the helm and was producing a small range of safety boots to the Australian Standard AS/NZ 2210-2 along with ankle boots for industry and the Department of Defence.

In October 1996 The Company moved to a factory in Swanston Street Preston to bigger premises which enabled a much more efficient operation.


DDR® (dual density rubber) 

Highmark Shoes (Taipan ®) became the first company in the world to install a Main Group machine that could produce the revolutionary DDR® (dual density rubber) moulded soles. Highmark Shoes (Taipan ®) produced a range of footwear under the Taipan ® label, including combat style footwear, safety and non-safety footwear, work boots, Emergency Service and smelter boots, patent leather ankle boots and shoes.



Over the next 13 years, Taipan® became an exporter of footwear and held supply contracts with various entities including the ADF, various Police, Fire and Emergency Agencies. Russell Allender sold the company in 2006 and retired.  Taipan continued for approx. 5 years, and the owners at that time ceased trading in July 2011. There was a period of inactivity of approx. 6months before the company restarted by the current owners.



In 2012, Taipan Footwear was purchased and re-established by Skyrange Footwear Pty Ltd, a partnership of both dedicated and experienced Australian Manufacturing and International Footwear Manufacturing, both of whom have a long history of successful quality and manufacturing expertise. This partnership, comprising: Kelvin Ryan, Lawrence Ryan, Wennywaty Halim, Marissa Salim, took effect on February 25, 2012 and production commenced on March 5, 2012.

First orders were received on March 7, 2012 and were quickly despatched.

Key personnel and suppliers of raw materials and other essential items had re-joined Taipan ® and have helped resurrect an Australian Footwear Manufacturer

As a result, the genuine Dual Density Rubber (DDR ®), Taipan’s made in Melbourne, are back and better than ever.








Taipan Footwear maintains a close rapport with their customers.

Taipan pays special attention to customer requirements and the performance of its products.

Our General Manager, Mr Terry Swain, stays in touch with market progress.

Terry Swain is frequently in contact with Taipan customers to discuss their requirements and feedback.


Taipan Footwear manages a customer feedback operation.

Customer feedback forms are reviewed by our Quality Assurance Manager to maintain and improve quality and the customer service.

Hence our non-public sector customer base increasing annually by 10% or more.

Taipan places a high priority on customer service, a high priority on supply performance, and a high priority on product quality.

Our objective is 100% Satisfaction with quality and service.






The Management team are required to give 100% effort in all aspects of footwear manufacturing and distribution.  

All members of Management are available to help with any enquiry or requirement any customer may have.


Emergency services throughout Australia and South East Asia aren’t the only ones which would benefit from our range of footwear.  People working in industrial areas can utilise our footwear to protect against fire, water, oil and for their slip resistant qualities.  Safety toe caps are available in our full range of styles.

If you have special needs, we are willing to adapt our products.


  • Telephone:0394800199
  • Fax:0394840677
  • Email:enquiry@taipanfootwear.com
  • Address:40-42 SWANSTON STREET, PRESTON, VIC 3072