How to buy duty boots
Footwear is designed for specific missions. The best example of this an athlete playing basketball will wear different footwear than an athlete playing football. It is no different for law enforcement officers.
When you’re evaluating your options, one of the most immediately noticeable differences is in the height of the cut. Low-cut footwear is typically used for walking or if the officer is sitting down for prolong periods of time. Low-cut footwear offers very little ankle support, but are very comfortable and perfectly suitable for many patrol officers. Mid-cut footwear is typically used for mild walking and light running or if the officer is likely to have physical confrontations. Mid-cut footwear offers added ankle support than low cut, and are widely considered to offer a comfortable overall fit. High top footwear is typically used for hiking or running over all manner of terrain, or if the officer is likely to have physical confrontations where kicking is likely. High top footwear offers the best ankle support, and most of these boots are incredibly comfortable for most officers, but some find the high cut less comfortable than mid-cut. In this regard, you’ve really just got to balance your preference for the cut with the needs of your mission.
When purchasing your duty boots, you should consider some of the less obvious factors too, such as the design features, materials used, and component construction in some very key areas. They include:
1. Eye lets
3. Foot Insert
4. Toe Support
5. Outer Materials
If you have back problems, knee problems, foot problems, or other such medical issues, you may want to consider talking to a podiatrist before buying your boots. Duty boots are where the rubber meets the road, and they’re the foundation on which you take the fight to the bad guys, so you’ve really got to make the personal choice that is uniquely fit for you. When in doubt, do some homework on this one — you won’t regret it.
Do you have any other suggestions for officers purchasing duty boots? Please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
Dave Young, Director of Specialized Training, NTC-RedMan Training Division, contributed to this article.
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