Leading safety shoe maker Nautilus Safety Footwear on Wednesday released several new styles of protective boots that expands its current line of athletic safety footwear.

The Oregon-based company in addition to the core offering of athletic safety toe shoes, it has added waterproof, puncture resistant, electrical hazard and traditional higher top boots.

"We're crossing the line," said Wayne Elsey, president and CEO of Nautilus Safety Footwear. "These new styles complete the Nautilus product line and underscore our commitment to provide a wide variety of comfortable choices for our customers."

He added his firm reported a 46 per cent year-on-year jump in 2002 sales and said this year's first quarter sales are up by a third.