Law enforcement demands a lot from your feet. We ran the numbers from this year, and compiled a list of the most popular police boots for LEOs in the GovX catalog. Load out in confidence with any pair below, and have one less thing to worry about on your next shift.
Looking for more on-the-job apparel recommendations? Check out our list of top ten tactical pants for police officers.
Oakley – Men’s SI Patrol Boots
At only 9.5 ounces, the SI Patrol Boot is about as light as a tactical boot can get. But don’t go believing that Oakley cut corners here just because it’s lightweight. The SI Patrol comes fully loaded wih all the reliable features you’d want in a boot. This pair is capable in both urban environment and wild outdoors, with a non-slip outsole and a canvas, leather, and suede exterior for durable protection. If you’re looking for lightweight police boots for your next shift, give this Oakley pair a look.
Under Armour – Men’s Stellar Tactical Boots
Solidly built with athletic agility in mind, this Under Armour entry is one of our bestselling police boots of all time. With water repellent leather and nylon, it dries quickly and stands up strong against inclement weather. The molded EVA midsole confidently cushions every footfall, while a reinforced shank supports your ankle all shift long. The anti-microbial OrthoLite sockliner keeps odors away, which we imagine will make your coworkers happy. Especially the ones who have to rid around in the same car as you.
Danner – Acadia 8″ Tactical Boots
The Acadia is a monster of on-duty excellence. With Danner’s famous stitchdown construction, you enjoy a more stable platform underfoot with superior durability and comfort. A waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX lining makes the Acadia perfectly suited for operating in areas with tough weather. And with full grain polishable leather, it gives the wearer a dignified, professional look wherever the work takes you.
The Acadia police boots are proudly—and forever—made in the USA. Oh, and here’s the women’s version. Enjoy, ladies.
Belleville – Men’s 8-In Maximalist Tactical Boots
Support, cushioning, stability, and comfort. This military-inspired boot confidently gives you all four. The MAXX series midsole features higher volume, softer density, and greater rebounding foam than competitors in this same space. That’s thanks to the “Rocker” geometry that encourages a smooth gait from heel-strike to toe-off. If that sounds like the result of a military boot having a productive business meeting with a basketball shoe, then you’re right.
Rocky Boots – Men’s S2V Tactical Boot
Let’s get a Rocky boot in here, shall we? Rocky Boots are built for service, supporting uniformed professionals for nearly 90 years. A sturdy combat boot built of 1000-Denier CORDURA and water- and flash-resistant leather, the S2V is perfectly suited for harsh environments. This boot is especially popular with military servicemembers, and has attracted a loyal following among police officers as well.
Altama – Men’s OTB Maritime Assault Mid Boots
While we can’t (and shouldn’t) recommend this unique shoe as an official duty boot for most cops, we’re including it on this list because police officers simply won’t stop buying it. We don’t make the news. We just report it.
The Altama OTB Maritime isn’t a boot. It’s a tactical sneaker. Altama noticed that special forces operators preferred Converse All-Stars to standard-issue boots, so they decided to make their own. Sneakers are lightweight, reliable, able to take a beating, and can bolt to cover when the bullets start flying. Altama leaned into it, making a shoe designed for amphibious warfare. Drainage ports empty water from the sides, and a durable nylon exterior resists scuffs and dries out quickly. The rubber outsole is perfect for moving fast over rocks, swampy terrain, and slippery boat decks.
Original SWAT – Men’s Chase 9″ Side Zip Boots
Engineered and tested to perform for elite tactical pros, the Chase 9s are, as one particularly enthusiastic GovX member put it like “GLOVES ON A FOOT!”
Now why didn’t we think of that tagline?
Original SWAT has made a lightweight performance boot built to the standards you’d expect from a footwear brand with that name. The custom-molded phylon EVA midsole delivers lightweight comfort and cradled support no matter where the mission takes you, and the slip-resistant outsole performs even in rough environments.
5.11 Tactical – ATAC 2.0 Side Zip 8 Boots
Hellooooo, 5.11 Tactical. This pair is especially popular with public safety professionals, and the new and improved 2.0 version is lighter and even more comfortable than its predecessor. The new air flow tongue and Ortholite footbed work together to keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable all day long. There’s also an updated Achilles heel flex zone, giving that massively critical part of your foot even more range of motion. It even has a hidden knife pocket. And on that note, as long as we’re in a recommending mood, we’ll just drop this right here.
Under Armour – Men’s Valsetz RTS 1.5 Boots
Here it is. GovX’s all-time bestselling boot. The Valsetz RTS 1.5 is the brilliant combination of agility and durability. It’s the answer to the question, “Hey, what if we made a tactical boot that’s as comfortable as a running shoe?” It’s a “second-skin” level of comfort, with UA ClutchFit technology that wraps your ankle in a lightweight hug. But like, one of those manly bro hugs, one of the rare examples of affection you’re proud to show off in public.
It’s that. In boot form.
We’ll finish strong with a Danner powerhouse. The Scorch is a duty boot with a reputation for durability and performance. This particular version is thoughtfully designed for hot weather environments, with large mesh panels on the upper that lets air pass through generously. A word of caution, though, those mesh panels are transparent, so just keep that in mind if you’re keen on wearing crazy socks that aren’t exactly in line with your department’s uniform standards.