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The Top Ten Lightweight Tactical Boots of 2021

You carry enough on your shoulders. Don’t let your tactical boots weigh you down more than necessary. Lightweight tactical boots give you increased agility, letting you assault points faster and do your job better. Make getting from point A to B an exercise in operational brilliance with these bestselling duty boots.

Just a quick note: The weights listed here are PER boot.

Oakley – Men’s Light Assault 2 Boots

Lightweight, comfortable, and designed to be worn on post in duty uniform, this Oakley boot is massively popular. The Lace Lock System lives up to its name, keeping laces in place during long shifts. The midsole and outsole move naturally with your feet, offering plush absorption and a responsive takeoff. So yeah, it may be built for desk duty. But these lightweight tactical boots get the job done in a fight.

Under Armour – Men’s Micro G Valsetz Boots

This tactical line of bestsellers isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The latest version of the Valsetz rocks an impressive amount of enhancements down to the upgraded oil-and-slip resistant outsole, a major factor when it comes to maintaining your footing in challenging conditions. Combine that with a durable, breathable, and lightweight synthetic leather construction as well as the Micro G midsole cushioning, and it’ll become abundantly clear why this lineup is quickly ascending to legendary status.

Danner – Men’s Tachyon 8″ GTX Boots

This tactical boot is the result of over 80 years of Danner boot design. Danner combined lighter 500 Denier nylon with a full-grain leather upper to create this bad boy, and finished it off with GORE-TEX liner to ensure waterproofing. Plus, that synthetic leather is totally polishable. Gotta maintain uniform standards out there, fellas.

Garmont – T8 NFS Lightweight Boots

Here’s an even lighter version of the classic Garmont T8, worn by military pros nationwide. At 18.5 ounces, it’s heavier than most of these boots, but still nimble enough to perform in all environments. The durable upper is designed to breathe and dry out, making it perfect for wetter conditions. The Garmont T8 NFS fits true to size, athletically and snug, for a confident feel. As one sailor put it, these lightweight tactical boots are: “Honestly more comfortable than any tennis shoe I’ve ever worn.”

Altama – OTB Maritime Assault Mid Boots

The Altama OTB Maritime isn’t so much a boot as it is a tactical sneaker. Know why? Because Altama noticed that special forces operators preferred Converse All-Stars to standard-issue boots. That’s why. Sneakers are lightweight, reliable, able to take a beating, and can bolt to cover when the bullets start flying. Altama decided to lean 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. Plus, the whole sneaker can fit into a pair of dive fins. So if you happen to be a Navy SEAL, this shoe is for you.  

VIKTOS – Armory Mid Side-Zip Boots

Don’t let its mid-height and light weight fool you, the Armory is ready to work. This VIKTOS boot feels like an athletic shoe but performs like a tactical boot. Key features include easy-entry medial zipper, performance synthetic leather upper, slip and oil-resistant outsole, and hi-rebound EVA midsole for premium comfort.

Oakley – SI Patrol Lightweight Tactical Boots

There’s lightweight. Then there’s featherweight. At only 9.5 ounces, the SI Patrol Boots is about as light as a tactical boot can get. But Oakley makes no significant sacrifices here. The SI Patrol Boots are equally capable in urban environments and wild outdoors, with a non-slip outsole and a canvas, leather, and suede exterior for durable protection. If you’re looking for a lightweight police boot for your shift, give this Oakley pair a look.

Belleville Boots – Men’s MiniMil Ultralight Training Boots

Weighing in at exactly a pound each, Bellevill’s MiniMil trainers are for athletically inclined warriors. This quick-drying is unlined, adding to its breathability and slim design. But don’t count out it durability. Belleville rocks a 1000 denier Cordura nylon upper with Cattlehide leather for a classic military construction. The oil-resistant and slip-resistant Vibram Tarsus rubber outsole performs in dicey conditions, keeping you stable and training for hours.

Bates – Men’s 5″ Tactical Sport Side Zip Boots

This 5-inch boot is ideal for police and EMS pros. The combination of leather and performance nylon hugs the foot without constricting it, while the moisture wicking mesh lining keeps your feet fry. It’s an all day, all patrol duty boot designed to make your shift a little bit easier. Work is hard enough.   

VIKTOS – Johnny Combat Waterproof Boots

This one’s a bit heavy for this list, but it remains one on the lighter side for a VIKTOS boot. entries in the VIKTOS footwear collection. Supportive without the extra weight, yet substantial enough to kick doors in, the Johnny Combat lives up to its name. Get in and out of the thing with an easy rear entry zipper, which is a nice touch. Oh, and did we mention this bad boy is designed and developed by US veterans?  

Of course, sometimes work requires a heavier boot. You may have noticed that this article included no steel-toes or heavy duty weatherproofing for operating in snow or heavy rain. But if you’re looking for a lightweight tactical boot that’ll still get the job done, you can’t go wrong with any of the pairs listed above.

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