Boot Shaft Heights and Why They Matter

Shoe or boot height is more important than many people might think, and it goes far beyond just the aesthetic preference of the person who will be wearing the boots.

There are many variations of tactical footwear, and there are many different heights available when it comes to the height of the boot. However, they are typically going to fall into a few different ranges: low (about 4”), mid (6-7”), standard (8″), and high (9”+).

Of course, the first thing you need to consider is if you even have a choice, since all branches of the military have footwear regulations. Tactical boots are usually required to be 8” high, although some boots for specialized activities like paratroopers can be 10”. So read your regs first.

You might be wondering why the height of the footwear matters, or if it matters at all. The height of a shoe or a boot is going to be important depending on just how and where you plan to use it. Are you using the boots as a fashion statement? Then you can choose anything that you like. If you are going to be using the boots or shoes for rucking, exercising, hiking, hunting, or other activities, then you’ll want to think about what height is going to be best for your needs.


One of the factors to consider with the height of the boot is just how much support it is going to give to the ankles. Those that have a taller height will generally be able to provide more support but tends to be true only for the boots that have laces that you can tie – as opposed to slip-on or zipper boots. The material of the uppers, the ankle cushioning, and the overall design is going to be a factor in the support, as well.


Boot height can also play a role in how protected you are as you are trekking through the bush. Whether it’s a mere annoyance from a scratch, to a life-threatening snake bite, you’ll want to consider the potential for ankle and leg injuries.
Those who are using their shoes for hiking may want to opt for those that are taller. However, if you’re wearing shorts, the majority of your legs are exposed anyways, so choosing a lower height might be more comfortable and practical.


Of course, you are also going to need to think about the overall comfort when it comes to the height of the boot. This often comes down to a matter of personal preference, as well as the quality of the shoe. If the boot is not comfortable, even if it can offer other benefits, such as protection from the elements, as mentioned above, it is not going to be a good option. You don’t want ankle rubs or poor circulation to cut your activities short.

Please keep in mind that when you are buying boots and shoes, that practicality and comfort should always come before aesthetics. This is especially true for those who are using their footwear for outdoor activities or in the event of a survival situation. Function is always more important than fashion.

US Patriot carries a wide selection of boots in many different heights, and they’re always happy to help if you still have questions.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Valerie Johnston

Valerie Johnston has over a decade of experience in writing over survival skills, homesteading and self-sufficiency. With a Bachelor's in Agriculture, she enjoys helping others learn about their options in homesteading and survival prep and how to apply it to their lives.

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