If you are working in the police force or in training for it, you already know how important it is to get the proper tactical boots, so that you can meet the requirements for your uniform, and at the same time feel comfortable and do your job properly.
There is a wide variety of boots on the market which are appropriate for people in the police. In general, they can be divided in two main types of footwear: on duty and academy boots.
Matterhorn Corcoran 10inch
Danner Tachyon Gtx Duty
5.11 A.T.A.C. Storm Side Zip
Bates Durashock 8-inch
Bates GX-8 Boots for Patrol
BlackHawk Black Ops
Rocky Duty Modern Paraboot
Rothco Forced Entry Side Zip
Under Armour Speed Freek
This is one of our top picks for police duty and training in winter conditions. They are excellent winter duty boots – fully waterproof and nicely insulated, so your feet will stay warm and dry even in the coldest and wettest days. Here is what we like the most about this pair, and why we strongly recommend them:
One of the finest police winter boots. We highly recommend them because they are comfortable, durable, waterproof, provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption, and will keep your feet and ankles safe even on the roughest terrains. They are slip resistant, breathable and with superb odor control. These boots are especially suitable if you work or train in cold and wet winter conditions.View on Amazon
We were very impressed by the GTX Danner Duty as they seemed to feature all the characteristics we were looking for during the testing. These boots are especially suitable for police academy cadets, as they are easily shined. Overall, we recommend these tactical boots for police work and training due to the following characteristics:
Great for academy cadets, as well as for on-duty police officers, these tactical boots are easy to shine, fully waterproof, breathable, comfortable, provide a secure fit and are slip resistant. They are lightweight and look great too.View on Amazon
Even though the Acadia are a bit on the heavy side, they still are one of the best police boots on the market. No wonder so many people working in the police force choose to wear this particular model of tactical boots from Danner. Here are some of the features worth mentioning:
Overall, the Acadia are very sturdy boots, which can be shined easily and are fully waterproof, breathable and slip resistant. Another one of our favorites and truly one of the best law enforcement boots one can get. They can be on the heavy side, but the comfort, shock absorption and superb fit they provide, as well as the fact that they can be resoled makes them perfect both for police academy and police duty.View on Amazon
These tactical boots are perfect for police work as we as for the police academy due to the following characteristics:
The ATACs are very light, require little or no break in, have sufficient cushioning and provide the necessary support to keep your feet and ankles safe when on duty or when training. They are easy to polish, and are waterproof, breathable and are fitted with anti-microbial and moisture wicking lining. The zipper makes them easy to slip on and off and allows maintaining optimal tightness and a nice fit at all times.View on Amazon
The Durashocks are perfect for police duty as well as for police academy training. They are comfortable, durable and allow for an excellent performance. Here are some of the features that impressed us the most:
Overall, if you are looking for great, durable and comfortable police boots, the Durashocks are definitely a model which you should consider buying. They are sturdy, made of high quality materials, have a stitched welt construction, they are water resistant, breathable and slip resistant, and require no break-in time.View on Amazon
We absolutely loved the GX-8 by Bates, and can strongly recommend them for people who work in the police, because they have all the characteristics we have been looking for, including:
With this pair, your feet will feel comfortable, safe and rested even after a 12 hour shift or intensive training. They are durable and yet lightweight, they are nicely cushioned and provide excellent shock absorption and slip resistance. The zipper allows for easy on and off and provides a great fit.View on Amazon
These Black Ops are waterproof and extremely durable which makes them an excellent choice for on duty, patrol policemen. They cannot hold a shine though so if you are a police academy cadet who goes through a daily inspection, these are not the best choice. Anyway, these are great tactical boots due to the following:
Waterproof, durable, easy to lace up, with a moisture wicking lining and great shock absorption and slip resistance, these are definitely a great choice for on duty policemen.View on Amazon
The Paraboot is another tactical boot worth considering when looking for the perfect police academy boots. The main reason is that they allow for an easy and perfect shine, which means that you will achieve a DI acceptable shine without spending hours and hours polishing them. They are also great because:
Perfect for police academy cadets, the Paraboots are durable, waterproof, offer excellent slip resistance, cushioning and shock absorption. They are easy to slip on and off and can be shined to perfection. Plus, they are offered at an excellent price for the quality they provide.View on Amazon
These boots from Rothco are another pair of tactical boots which are great for police academy trainees mainly due to the fact that they hold shine well. Plus, they are affordable and have the following great characteristics:
These excellent tactical boots are a great inexpensive choice for police academy cadets, as they are comfortable, durable, waterproof, provide stability and are slip resistant. They are slip resistant and are very easy to polish.View on Amazon
The Speed Freek TAC 2 are among the most comfortable boots which we tried on during the testing. We find that they are an excellent choice for police on duty boots, due to the following factors:
These tactical boots provide superb comfort and support, they are water resistant and durable, and are a perfect choice for people who work in the police force and want to feel comfortable and supported during the long shifts on duty.View on Amazon
When you are picking the most appropriate footwear for your police patrol or academy training, you need to keep in mind the following characteristics which are crucial for your safety, performance and comfort:
Sub Heading: Other considerations
If your department or academy allows boots with zippers, then you should probably consider getting a pair of tactical boots with side zippers alongside the lacing system. This feature allows for easy on and off, as well as saving time for regulating the tightness of your shoe via the lacing system every time you put them on.
Keep in mind that zippers are prone to breaking or failing, so if you are buying a pair of police boots with zippers make sure they are of good quality. Also, in some cases zippers can let water in the boots, so if you are looking for guaranteed water resistance, then you may want to stay away from zippers.
You can find a variety of tactical boots suitable for police academy and patrol. There are the hiking boot heavy duty ones, as well as lighter weight sneaker type tactical footwear. The heavy duty ones if they have a Goodyear welt construction can be resoled and are more durable than the lightweight footwear. On the other hand, lighter boots reduce the fatigue in the feet and legs and are more cushioned than the heavy duty hiking type. Also, lighter boots dry faster than the heavy ones.
We have tried on and tested a wide variety of different boots, and based on our tests and experience, have compiled a list of our 10 favorite boots for police duty and for police academy for you.