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Rookie Equipment Series part 2: Police Patrol Boots

Something about feet, they seem to continually be overlooked and always an afterthought. As a Rookie, all the high speed gear, kydex holsters, tac lights, and gucci gear, will undoubtedly take precedence over anything else. That is until your standing for hours on end during a protest, or trudging through the woods for a dead body. Then you’ll remember, hmm, I have feet, and you know what, they hurt like hell right now. See there are the boots you wear in the Academy, and the boots you wear on patrol. Granted they can both be the same, but man is the Academy rough on quality gear, better to save your money until after graduation. But you do want to invest in some quality footwear before hitting the streets, you’ll thank yourself later. It’s not even a relatively hard thing to do these days, as there are many quality patrol boots for people to choose from. You can get a really decent pair of patrol boots for around $100, any cheaper and you run the risk of suffering quality, and therefore your own comfortability. Remember a good pair of boots will keep you comfortable while minimizing fatigue and pain.

Top 5 Best Patrol Boots

1.) Bates Men's 8'' Tactical Sport Side Zip Industrial Shoe

One of the highest reviewed police patrol boots on Amazon, and for good reason. These police boots with a side zip are designed for long-term wear. The uppers are made of high-quality leather, combined with ballistic nylon, which has resulted in a lightweight and flexible construction. They boast a host of features, from removable EVA footbeds, slip resistant soles, and an easy to maintain outer shell.

2.) Under Armour Men's Stellar Tac Side Zip Sneaker

If you’re looking for straight durability, then these boots hit that mark in spades. These patrol boots are built to be tough with DWR-treated leather, further enhanced with 900 D nylon, giving it flexibility and water resistance. Medial side zipper for ease of entry. Quick-dry minimalist design with polishable toe. Molded EVA midsole with reinforced TPU shank for protection & support.

3.) Danner Men’s Tachyon 8” GTX Duty Boot

These patrol boots sport durable, waterproof, full-grain leather and 500 Denier nylon upper. Their polyurethane footbed provides superior shock absorption with an additional layer of open cell construction for improved air circulation. This patrol boot is 100% waterproof and breathable, equipped with a GORE-TEX liner that is engineered to keep your feet dry and comfortable. These Danner’s also come with a speed lace fastening system made from durable brass hardware for a secure fit.

4.) 5.11 Tactical Men's ATAC 1.0 Waterproof Military Storm Boots

5.11 states that these patrol boots are designed to help wearers excel in a broad range of operational environments. Built from full-grain leather and 1200D nylon, the ATAC Storm Boot is comfortable and durable. The waterproof and breathable ATAC Storm Boot comes with an antibacterial and moisture-wicking lining which keeps your feet comfortable and dry. The ATAC Storm is resistant to bloodborne pathogens, protecting you from the hidden dangers of the job. A bit on the pricier side for sure, these patrol boots all but guarantee a light, durable and comfortable shift.

5.) Maelstrom Men's Tac Force Military Tactical Work Boots

Bit of an outlier, but a quality police patrol boot none the less. For those that care, this patrol boot also comes with a conscience. For every pair of Maelstrom boots we sell, we donate 1 dollar to the Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing life-improving programs for veterans and military families nationwide to bridge the divide between military life and civilian life. But don’t think that the philanthropy means they skimp on quality, these boots are built well. Polishable full grain leather and nylon upper for a professional look, which is important for a Rookie. For those wooded treks, durable rubber outsole engineered for maximum grip on various terrain. Lastly, they also use a proprietary iH2O-Tex waterproof membrane liner to keep feet dry and comfortable through long shifts and wet, nasty weather.

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