By LAPG Staff
May 24th 2021


One of the most important parts of a police officer’s uniform is their boots. As a police officer, you may find yourself standing for 12 hours (or even longer), running after suspects or working in six inches or more of water or snow.

A good pair of police boots will protect your feet and support your legs and back for hours at a time. There are many features that go into a good pair of boots. So, let’s discuss what you need to look for in a good pair of police tactical boots.

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Features to Look for in a Tactical Boot for Police Officers

Tactical boots have many great features that make them the perfect pick for people in the military and law enforcement. Here are some specific features to look for when choosing a pair of patrol boots.

Water-Resistant or Waterproof

There is a difference between the two. Water-resistant means that the boots repel water but shouldn’t be submerged in it. Waterproof means that you won’t get wet even if your boots are submerged in water.

You will likely be submerged in water at some point, so waterproof boots are always the best. Some officers have reported being out in a deluge and everything else was wet but their feet. Now that’s a good pair of boots.

Laces or Zippers

Some boots only have laces, but many tactical boots have both for support–and zippers make it easy to take your boots on and off. The tactical boots that have both allow you to lace them to fit but then unzip them to get into them quickly.

Cushioned and Contoured Footbeds

When you wear your boots for long periods, a cushioned footbed that contours to your foot is very helpful. While tactical boots will never feel like your favorite bedroom slipper, the best tactical boots offer support and cushioning.

Slip-Resistant and Good Traction

Police officers are on their feet in snow, rain and ice, so slip-resistant soles that grip well are imperative for staying on your feet.

These are just a few of the best tactical boot features to look for. Now, here are some of the most popular police boots on the market.

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1. Danner Acadia 8” Black Tactical Boot

The Danner Acadia boot is one of the most popular tactical boots out there. It comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. These boots are one of those that you may be drenched everywhere else, but your feet will stay dry because they’re waterproof with a GORE-TEX liner.

Another great feature is their recraftable soles and the other services Danner offers. When your soles and boots start to wear, they’re eligible for a couple of services such as restitching, leather care and part replacement. The Vibram Kletterlift Outsole helps keep you on your feet and absorb shock so you have great stability on dry and wet surfaces.

2. Bates Footwear Enforcer Ultra-Lites 8” Tactical Sport Side Zip Boot

The Bates Footwear Enforcer is another great police boot with a side zipper, so it’s easier to put on and take off. There’s a cushioned removable insert for added comfort. The EVA midsole is also cushioned and lightweight for better performance and flexibility.

The sole is slip-resistant so you stay on your feet with a stable grip. The cement construction provides a stable yet flexible platform–and don’t worry because it’s lightweight.

Bates crafted the Enforcer with durable leather and a nylon upper so it’s easy to polish and keep looking nice. The moisture-wicking lining helps keep your feet dry when you’re sweating. The eight-inch height helps support your ankles.

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3. Rocky Alpha Force Waterproof Side Zip 8” Boot

The Rocky Alpha Force is a solid patrol boot at an affordable price. One critical feature is the Rocky Waterproof construction. That includes a waterproof upper and inner layer that prevents water from entering your boot.

The insole is contoured and removable, made from polyurethane and cushions your feet for more comfort. The sole is oil- and slip-resistant and crafted from RigiTrac Molded EVA.

If you’re looking for a comfortable waterproof boot that’s easy on your wallet, this boot is a great pick.

When looking for a good police boot, make sure to look for footwear that’s waterproof, comfortable, cushioned and slip-resistant. These features ensure a boot that lasts a long time and protects your feet. Check out one of these great tactical boot options to see if one is the perfect shoe for you out on the streets.

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