As any seasoned martial artist well knows, the most serious self defense situations in life typically happen in public. In these unexpected & unfortunate situations, the combatants are almost always wearing shoes! This is where Talón Footwear’s rubber literally meets the road!! Traditional martial art Grandmaster Joël Castillo, who grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, not only had an affinity for Gung Fu, but also dancing in night clubs in his early 20’s. The club’s bouncers became his students & eventually his best friends. Only drinking water & keeping a watchful eye over them at the door from the dance floor, Grandmaster Joel Castillo was involved in 100’s of real street altercations over the years. Throughout these experiences he has completely understood what footwear works and doesn’t work in REAL LIFE street fighting situations
We at Talón believe the first rule of "Self Defense" is not to be the aggressor, but sometimes we MUST respond! Our marque Talón (Spanish for heel in english) represents stability which is absolutely vital in any self defense situation. Our bespoke "Ground Zero" outsole sheds water like a winter tire for non-slippage. However, it can also change direction quickly thanks to three specially designed pivot disks on the outsole. The kicking ability and toe protection is truly unparalleled! The truth is we ALL need to be stable on our feet so Talón Footwear is really for EVERYONE! Our customers love our super light, comfortable design. Our classic styles are appropriate in casual settings, going out at night, workout or training & even work shoes! Try a pair and you won't regret it. Enjoy them, stay safe, and I hope for many blessings in your life! - Sincerely Grandmaster Joël Castillo
Most technically advanced self defense footwear outsole ever!
Grandmaster Joel Castillo was introduced to Alexander Gross, a former NASA rocket scientist who was responsible for designing the space suit for the Apollo 11 Lunar landing. He also designed many iconic athletic shoes for the biggest brands in the world & even world champion boxer Mike Tyson! Joel knew he was the man to design the ultimate martial art shoe for daily use. Alexander Gross took the challenge & they formed TALÓN FOOTWEAR - “IN HONOR OF DEDICATED MARTIAL ARTISTS”! This is our company’s MANTRA!! We are confident our new Phéonix Talón model is the best all around shoe for martial artists available anywhere in the world!!
Now for the boring;) bits from our Chief designer Alexander Gross - NASA Apollo 11 spacesuit creator.