How about a boots thread? Or tactical shoes in general.
I'm looking to buy some decent fighting shoes. Urban combat, sturdy shoes for situations like riots or perhaps more.
What qualitites should I pay attention for?
I'd like them to be flexible and light enough to run/kick/jump, but I also want steel tips and general protection.
Tactical is a marketing term. It means nothing when applied to gear and is generally only used ironically here.
My only boot experience is boots meant for construction, and for that I've found that you want to spend at least $100 to get something you can wear all day. Currently I'm wearing some square-tip steeltoe Justins, they've held up quite well for just over a year.
If you don't get boots that are specifically designed to be waterproof then you can just spray them with some off-the-shelf product. If you get leather then rub them down with some neatsfoot oil.
This Danner model looks awesome, I wish I could find them here in Yurope to try it.
They beg for oper8te in top tier oper8tions
>Lowa Zephyr gtx tf hi
Good for everything except being in the snow for 5 hours. I need some warmer boots for that but I think I'll stick with lowa or even hanwag
Yeah, I've heard that before but didn't know what else to call it.
I've had construction boots before (had to hand them in after my contract finished) but they were rather heavy and not that functional for speed and movement imo.
about 80kgs (176 lbs?)
What about wet and near freezing temp but no snow?
No blue toes is always a plus.
Good luck smashing the faces of your enemies to dust in those pieces of shit!
>flight boot master race
I've found the lowas to be the most comfortable boots for my extremely high arches
B A S E D
wouldn't wear them outside the tank to be honest though, family.
Don't break them in, that's a total meme.
You should wear your boots for 3 days straight for a proper "break-in". Sleep in them. Soak your feet in the bathtub overnight, it combats trench foot. And make sure you hike a lot with them during that time.
Adidas AX-1... I have never worn a more comfortable shoe. I own pic related, but they are available in less "tactical" colors. And they're definitely not army boots.
Or you can get Merrells or something
Tried some Merrel moabs. Great around town shoes, but shit wilderness shoes if you get your feet wet. They claim waterproof, but in a mid boot if you have to ford anything more than ankle deep you're fucked. Those fuckers took forever to dry out.
If you live anywhere in the south east(aka the American jungle) like I do get some jungle-style boots and some good wool socks. Fast drying > "waterproof"
Got a pair of these for my fall season camping and they rocked. Looking forward to spring to see how they hold up to some more abuse.
I had a pair of issued boots from the last days of bdus, that were resoled with a flat, smooth, thin vibram running sole. Anyone know what that would be? Fuckers finally fell apart
I only wear waterproof during the winter, and my hunting boots are insulated, too. The rest of the time I want something sturdy, without having overly large soles like work boots. Those catch on everything and drag. I want tall, snug tops to keep detritus out. I don't need a hard sole, just something not paper-thin to keep thorns from stabbing my feet. In short grass or town, I just wear these. Grass stubble stabs through as they wear out, and they don't last a year
I wear Baffins all day every day at the welding shop, they're light with an aluminum toe and they've held up great to what is debatably the most abusive job in the history of boots and clothing. I also have a second pair for winter field work.
However, I've never tested them in urban combat or a riot.
Too add to this>>28497410
get something water proof but not insulated. Insulation = warm = sweat = fungus. If you're concerned about blue toes, get a good quality pair of wool socks. They naturally hamper the growth of fungus and bacteria, and above all else, are removable. Think of it as a nice lining.
Well I don't intend to have to wear them seven days in a row day and night, but thanks. Composite toe, not insulated.
Do high boots limit movability a lot compared to ankle height?
I got them rather cheaply (120 Euros) and they seem great, but the inner arch support is very hard for my feet. Does this wear in or do I have to get some other inlay soles? I got normal feet and these are the only shoes where this happened
Not OP but I love my Lowa Zephyrs. They're the best footwear I've ever worn in every condition except rain/snow. I've worn mine almost everyday for about 2.5 years, and they're still comfy as fug.
Can't speak for many other brands but my danner RAT boots have held up very well to over three years of daily wear.
Though I don't go running (long distance type, say anything over a mile) in them. They are heavier boots. But like I said, they are holding up well so I see no reason to get another pair of boots (plus I'm cheap as fuck).
I wear these in garrison, and shitty steel toe Bellevilles on deployment.
Is there something like this but with ankle support? Rolled one of the fuckers a year ago thanks in part to my non-operator work boots and I don't want to repeat that shit again.
muh Merrel Moab Polars
had torrential rains today. something like 2-3"/hour but i stayed warm and dry through it all.
>heel and arch were aching after a couple hours. The boots are new so i might just need to break them in.
Regarding the Lowa's, I've had them in pretty damn cold weather and they've done just fine. It's just when they're submerged in a foot of snow for a long time. The Goretex has worked fine while I've been in water just below the boot top.
Yep, very comfortable, and extremely light. Despite that, it has surprisingly good ankle support for the heavier loads, and a 3/4" poly shank, so you've got the foot stability but flexibility in the ball/toe of the foot.
I got these brand new for like $70, when they're normally $140. Extremely comfortable and I have 0 complaints so far.
NOW I CAN TELL YOU A THING TWO ABOUT TACTICAL SHOES LITTLE MITHTER
>What about wet and near freezing temp but no snow?No blue toes is always a plus.
Do live in one of those places where the climate is perpetual summer. because
"near freezing" temps aint shit. regular fucking tennis shoes and socks will keep your feet decently warm in those conditions. If you want cold try sleeping in literal freezing cold in icing rain with nothing but a sleeping bag and a bivy sack, not even a fucking tent. I woke up inside an ice cocoon the next morning and had to kick my way out.
I'm in the market for some new hiking / outdoors / yardwork boots, got a big ole gift card to Zappos for Christmas. I've narrowed it down to four boots, and Lowas are one of 'em - the Renegade, specifically. Anyway, your review caught my eye, because I have the exact opposite feet: wide and flat. Lowas are actually available in wide at least (the reason I can't even consider Salomons is that they aren't), but if they're super comfortable with someone who has HIGH arches, I suspect they might not work for me.
Yeah, it'd be best to try them on, but an in-law got me a gift card to an online retailer, so here I am.
(Incidentally, my other contenders are Irish Setter Borderland chukkas, Keen Targhee IIs, and Merrill MOABs, if any of you gents has input on any of these. My old Merrills were comfy but the heels are falling apart after only 18 months of light use, so I'm wary of that one.)
Whoa! I did not know that Danner made shoes, there is a Danner place down the street from where I work and these boots look awesome!
Im not into shoes that look over-technical or the ones that are brown for "hiking" that everyone seems to think are good for hiking... like, the default ones everyone grabs off any shelf when they decide they want to go outside. I think they're hideous.
I'm looking for new boots that'll hopefully last me a decade at least.
I found these.
The price is right and the review score is right....
Any recommendations from anyone?
5.11 atac 8inch. Had for about a year and a half. So fucking comfortable.
Bought a pair of these last spring and I love 'em. Belleville TR555's. Fairly light and don't make my feet sweat like pigs.
If you live in a wet and cold climate these are the epitome of /comfy/. Picked them up for $59.99 on sale at Cabela's. My duck hunting waders are the same brand too so that's nice.
Pretty sure they aren't nubuck. Anyway you don't really need to do anything. After they get wet you just let them dry out (I recommend removing the insoles for faster drying). They were literally made to dry fast and they do. Long as you weren't swimming in them they'll be nice and dry in a few hours if you removed the insoles. You can apply any generic leather cleaner to the leather.
Anyone know of decent light boots that are slip resistant and waterproof, that aren't bulky?
I love how they look so I gave 'em a good hard look ...by all appearances (and reviews), they're Office Ranger boots now. Dress boots. Be careful walking out to your car if it's wet out.
I would love to be given evidence to the contrary, that they're hard-wearing lifetime boots like Red Wings're known for, but that's not what the dozens of reviews are saying.
I had timberland waterproofs two boots in a row. First pair, the lace looper things broke. Second pair started separating from the sole around the ball of the feet after a few months.
Now have had Columbia waterproof boots for about 6 months with no issues so far, knock on wood.
>by all appearances (and reviews), they're Office Ranger boots now
Are you implying somewhere along the line the quality dropped or something?
>tfw I got my size in a 606
you will never be this comfy
also WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU GUYS GOING FOR DIRECT ATTACHED BOOTS ITS LIKE YOU DON'T WANT ANY SUPPORT
>he hasn't worn 8115 the blood ranger
the sole is bannas anon
I got the black ones 8114 and that fucking sole will not die
I've had them since may and worn them every other day and its just as good as the day they came out of the box
>tfw i really like the look of the iron rangers but don't really want to spend $320
red wing fag here we have sales on black friday or you can do what I do and work at a store for a bit and get a free one
they're fucking top tier m8
all that bullshit about
>made in murica
>made using 100 year standards
that shit is real if you ever get a box it will say
>made in the US with imported parts
that is the sole made in fucking Italy
they do take 2 weeks to break in though
Got some mileage on these bad boys.
Same, got my pair about 2 years or so ago. My pair is worn to shit and the heal is just shredded. Yet still its the comfiest pair of boots i've ever worn. thinking about hitting up 5.11 for another pair, shits cash bro.
always liked the brown navy boots and plan to get some eventually
Fuck yeah Lowa.
I wasn't even planning on buying tacticool boots, but I went to REI and tried on everything under $200, and these were the comfiest.
Mine are the "summer" version, though, which is all I really need in SoCal.
I love my IRs, wore them for a couple of years when I was working in a metal fabrication shop. They're visible in my Lowa pic here: >>28518251
(wish I'd noticed this post before replying with the other one.)