10 BEST BRANDS OF COMBAT BOOTS
Since tactical boots can be used for much more than just their direct combat purposes, no wonder they are popular between customer and manufacturers. With all this popularity, fighting footwear became really various – only on Amazon, you can find thousands of possible models.
The question is, how not to get lost? How do we know that this pair is a perfect fit? That’s a reasonable concern. Along with reputable manufacturers, the market is filled with crappy designers. What’s the worst thing that could happen if you buy a bad pair of ordinary shoes? Most of the time, nothing serious really. When it comes to fighting boots, the stakes are high. This pair should better be reliable or everything could go actually wrong.
Don’t, all these bad things won’t happen if you know where to look. We collected 10 best models and brands of top combat boots and reviewed them in detail. Dive in and find what suits you best.
ATAC 8 Inches Men’s Boot
Do you want a professional pair of fighting shoes? No, it’s not just something you say, by ‘professional’ I mean designed for professional military and law enforcement teams. It doesn’t mean though you can’t use them even if you are not actually planning on joining the army.
- The toe, made of full-grained leather, provides full waterproof and anti-cold protection.
- Cushioned insole and molded midsole fixate a foot tightly (but not too tightly).
- Non-slippery outsole (remember, we discussed how important resistance).
- Even though full-grained leather gives full leg protection, it’s not flexible and breathable enough.
- Comparing to other models, this one might be not as cost-efficient.
- The shoes might rub upper ankle.
Under Armour Men’s Valsetz
It’s a great choice for desert missions and hot-temperature-regions hikes. Breathable materials provide comfortable ventilation – so feet doesn’t overheat. Even in most extreme conditions.
- UA Clutch Fit technology helps an ankle to take a stable position, the boots adheres to the skin;
- Even though the leather is synthetic, the boot yet provides a solid resistance for long field trips and dangerous combats;
- TPU shank supports mid-foot and creates just right rigidity – just what a fighter needs during an exhausting fight.
- Not the best option for heavy use, synthetics have a tendency to quickly wear out.
- Soles are overall comfortable but better padding surely won’t hurt.
- Even though rubber outsole gives generally fine resistance, the boots are still somehow slippery.
Original S.W.A.T. Men’s Classic 9-Inch Tactical Boot
S.W.A.T. positions itself as a brand of lightweight professional soldier boots. Combining simple but stylish design and reliable functionality, the classic collection of go-to boots for military teams are used not only during professional missions but for daily routine as well.
- The brand is focused on designing oil and non-slippery boots to assure best possible resistance and durability.
- The protection is created with water resistant wicking lining and full-grain leather toe (as we remember, this material is known to be most reliable).
- Thermoplastic heel counter and unbreakable toe box to protect feet during rough combats.
- Laces, laces, laces. I don’t know about all fighters but tieing shoes up during a dangerous combat – hardly a good idea.
- Nylon upper is extremely uncomfortable to clean. You literally have to wash it often, and quite diligently.
- The water resistance is overall fine yet the model loses in waterproof abilities comparing to other options.
Smith & Wesson Men’s Tactical Boots
Smith & Wesson describes itself as a brand known for attention to fine detail. Their most product achievement is an introduction of fighting boots of ‘new standard for construction, durability, and price – the Breach 2.0 model.
- Tough-to-break: the combination of leather and nylon gives boots both good durability and makes them flexible enough to adapt to a feet shape.
- For everyday use. Okay, so the fact that this is a professional military footwear doesn’t mean it can’t be used for long daily walks or weekend hikes. In fact, now it’s the even more popular purpose of the model.
- Anti-slippery. When you are somewhere high on the mountain the last thing you want is to skid on the rock. Smith & Wesson military boots manage to solve this problem professionally.
- The model is reliable, that’s true but the breathability really has a long way to go. Feet easily get overheated – not good in a desert.
- These laces again. Actually, most military models have them. Apparently, the idea is that military workers are disciplined enough to tie their shoes in seconds. That’ great but what about ordinary people who pick these models just for hikes? Kind of uncomfortable.
- Not insulated for a freezing cold (or for any cold, actually). This model is sorely adapted to warm regions – bear that in mind while making a choice.
Tactical Storm Boot
11 Inc. brand is known for its good professional reputation (again, by saying ‘professional’ I refer to actual military and law enforcement operations). As the company states, Storm Boot gives superior protection, comfort, and tactical utility).
- Hidden side pocket. Super comfortable feature in long trips and operations. You know this feeling when you have a very important stuff but don’t know where to put it safely? Well, that’s the answer.
- Protection is provided by 1200-denier Cordura nylon panels (might be not the most reliable option but definitely one of the most lightweight ones).
- Anti-bacterial disinfected Drilex lining.
- Kind of slow customer support. Even though generally 5.11 Inc. has a fine reputation on the market, it’s client service still has much room for improvement.
- No reliable toe protection. Some customers even recommend buying a pair of riding shoes instead (well, this does look like an overstatement).
- Fall apart soon. One of the buyers stated that his model became a wreckage in less than a year. This is obviously rather a rare case than some pattern, yet not the most solid option in terms of durability.
5.11 ATAC 8 Inches Men’s Boot
Meet another 5.11 Inc. model – well-known ATAC Men’s combat boots with anti-slip outsole and oil resistant rubber. Or, as designers say themselves, ‘battle tested excellence’.
- A great option for hiking. if you walk 10-20 miles per day, these shoes are great – lightweight, non-slippery, resistant enough.
- Time-saving side zipper (yes, details matter).
- Works fine with heavy socks and pants.
- Struggles with picking the right size (which is, as we discussed, an especially painful problem for full-grain-leather boots).
- A common problem is a dimple on the toe – makes it almost impossible to run in these boots without thick socks.
- Feel a little bit too flexible, some buyers describe it as ‘kind of cheap’.
Rothco 8” GI Type Jungle Boot 7
If you thought a decent pair of fighting boots can only be expensive, here is the model that’ll prove you wrong. Rothco Jungle Boots cost varies between $30-70, and it’s an awesome price.
- We talked about its reasonable cost already but it feels worth mentioning again.
- Canva tops give awesome flexibility and breathability.
- Rubber sole produces good traction and well resistance.
- Even though the model can be taken to the category of fighting shoes, it’s rather an overstatement. Those, who used it in real military operations complain that sole fell off right away. So, as for hiking, the model will do, for dangerous combats – not so much.
- Shipping on a plastic bag. There is no need to be a big footwear guru to know that it’s a very bad idea, especially for leather boots.
- The quality of insole leaves a lot of questions.
Dr. Martens Combat Boots
Dr. Martens is famous for its leather fighting boots. This model, however, is partly synthetic which doesn’t make it worse though. Not only it costs less than the leather alternative but it also wins in flexibility and breathability.
- Stylish look. Well, maybe not that stylish as of leather version but yet looks great.
- Quickly adapt to feet, in less than an hour, actually.
- Great design of soles, cotton/fabric lining.
- Fall apart quickly (usually in a year or so).
- Sizes are not that various but that’s not a big concern since this model is well-adaptable.
- As with most synthetic boots, a foot smell is still a concern.
COMBAT Jungle Men Boot
This model also lies in a range of mid-priced well made combat boots, made with synthetics.
- High collar gives ankles good protection, helping feet to take a stable position.
- The cost is super-reasonable. Well, maybe too cheap if we talk about serious tactical missions but just fine for amateur hikes.
- Provides good flexibility and breathability.
- Materials are not able to survive long missions – the outsole simply falls off.
- It’s tough to pick the right size. Chances are, you’ll order one size but get a bigger or a smaller one instead.
- Soles heat fastly, so not an option for a hot desert. Also, the lace threads are way too long.
Men’s Paraboot Rocky Duty
This model is rather a premium one. Well, at least compared to ones we reviewed just before. However, what it loses in cost, it scores in quality and durability. Hence, if your goal is not a pair of boots for a short hike but a professional military service, this is a good one.
- The boots are made from solid full-grained leather. It’s easy to clean (the material is well-polishable) and tough-to-break.
- Lace and side zipper create awesome ankle support.
- The exchange/return service works super-smoothly (just in case you have some questions or problems).
- Laces are well-made but could be thicker.
- Sizing presented on Amazon often doesn’t respond to actual sizes.
- Bad-quality of stitching around a zipper.