Waikato police hope a pair of shoes might lead them to the identity of two men who stormed a Hamilton pub armed with a firearm and a hammer.

Both offenders were heavily disguised when they entered the Dinsdale Office bar through a rear door on Sunday about 9.15pm.

Waikato police Senior Sergeant Mike Henwood earlier told the Herald one of the men was armed with a firearm, the other with a hammer.

They both entered the pub through a back door before confronting and threatening staff.

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"The offenders demanded cash, however left the bar without obtaining any money," Henwood said.

The pair were last seen running towards Tuhikaramea Rd.

Recognise these shoes? If you do know who might own a pair ring Hamilton police on 07 858 6200. Photo / Police
Recognise these shoes? If you do know who might own a pair ring Hamilton police on 07 858 6200. Photo / Police
The gunman points during the confrontation with staff at The Dinsdale Office on Sunday night. Photo / NZ Police
The gunman points during the confrontation with staff at The Dinsdale Office on Sunday night. Photo / NZ Police

Both were described as wearing black hooded jackets and black pants.

One wore brown sneakers and the other wore black sneakers with white soles.

Constable Ben Wise said he hoped releasing imagery of the offenders, including a pair of shoes, could identify those involved.

"We appreciate the images are not great but are asking if anyone knows anything about this to please come forward.

"Pay special attention to a distinctive shoe pictured in the post," he wrote.

The gunman behind the bar. Photo / NZ Police
The gunman behind the bar. Photo / NZ Police
Two men armed with guns stormed the Dinsdale Office bar on Sunday night but left emptyhanded after assaulting staff. Photo / Police
Two men armed with guns stormed the Dinsdale Office bar on Sunday night but left emptyhanded after assaulting staff. Photo / Police

Wise also confirmed both staff were also assaulted during the incident.

Morning, Constable Ben Wise is investigating an aggravated robbery of the The Dinsdale Office from Sunday night. Two...

Posted by Waikato Police on Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Anyone with information is asked to quote the case reference - 190513/6594 - and ring Hamilton police on 07 858 6200.

Wise can also be contacted directly on 021 192 5651.