Today, US Patriot received confirmation from Nike that the sole on the upcoming Nike SFB Leather boot is NOT 100% rubber. The outsole is in fact a hybrid of rubber and EVA. As such, we have proactively removed all marketing and selling of this product.
All customers who currently have Pre-Book orders for this item will be contacted and given the choice of a complete refund or an upgrade to the Nike Field Leather boot for no additional cost. The Nike Field Leather boot is confirmed to have a 100% rubber outsole and is in compliance with the standards laid out in AR670-1.
As a reminder, the standards in AR670-1 as laid out in SMA Chandler’s letter of clarification on boots:
“Rubber and polyether polyurethane are the only outsole materials authorized. Rubber and polyether polyurethane are the only outsole materials that currently meet the need for durability and traction on surfaces in multiple environments and temperature ranges. Other materials, which may be of a lighter weight, do not meet Soldiers performance standards.”
Although the Nike SFB Leather boot has a sole made out of rubber, it also incorporates EVA material as well. The EVA portion makes the sole Non-Compliant. The boot itself is a high performance, quality boot and there is nothing inherently wrong with it, but in our eyes, the interpretation of the regulation is clear. As such, we cannot in good conscience continue marketing this item.
We are currently reaching out to all customers now to address this situation and resolve it as fast as possible. If you have a current order for the Nike SFB Leather boot, feel free to contact us at (800) 805-5294 or email@example.com.
We apologize for the confusion, but we take seriously our commitment to our soldiers and ensuring that we do not send out uniform items to them that are not compliant with regulations and the standards of the United States Army.