When you’re working a tough job in the military or law enforcement, long days on your feet are inevitable. Even a few extra ounces of equipment can slow you down, so finding a good lightweight military boot can make a huge difference in how you feel when you clock out.
The good news is that most manufacturers spend a lot of time focusing on technology that makes gear lighter without compromising toughness or durability—so there are a lot of options. Here are some of our favorite lightweight tactical boots.
Nike SFB GEN 2 Boots
The Nike SFB GEN 2 Boots are a US Patriot customer favorite. They’re designed specifically for law enforcement officers and tactical military personnel. Nike incorporated a lot of the same technology they utilize in their running shoes into this boot, making it comfortable, flexible, and light.
These boots will feel like an extension of your foot thanks to the lace lock that helps prevent blisters, and angled flex grooves that allow your foot to move naturally in the sole so you can focus on the mission at hand.
Garmont T8 NFS Lightweight Boots
The Garmont T8 is great for both desert settings and wet climates, making it one of the most versatile boots on the market. It features a rugged sole that works in both climates plus a ball bearing instep to provide additional support and stability.
You’ll also stay comfortable with the Texon Grid canvas inside lining, which keeps your feet dry by allowing moisture to escape. The inside of the boot includes a PU breathable footbed to help keep you dry as well, while adding some extra cushion.
Oakley SI Light Assault Boot 2
The Oakley SI Light Assault Boot is tough enough to provide protection but light and flexible enough to move naturally with your foot. You can thank the EVA midsole and outsole for the flexibility and mobility, and the boots help protect with plush shock absorption and a breathable synthetic upper.
The Oakley SI Light Assault Boot is authorized with OCP uniforms for Army and USAF members, and as of November 2019, it has also been certified for use in the U.S. Navy.
Under Armour Loadout Boots
Under Armour has always been known for their innovative technology, and these boots are no exception. At only 17 oz., the Under Armour Loadout Boot is one of the lightest and most responsive on the market.
Designed specifically for the Army and Air Force, they feature a Micro G midsole with a reinforced TPU shank for increased stability and a Vibram outsole for durability and traction.
Rocky S2V Steel Toe Boots
We love the durability and comfort of these lightweight steel toe boots. Made with roll-stop ankle protection and water-resistant leather uppers, the Rocky S2V Steel Toe Boot can stand up to any working condition. The S2V Sieve disperses water and promotes air circulation, which helps reduce the likelihood of bacteria build up while wicking moisture away.
But the Rocky S2V is about more than comfort. It’s also made with flame resistant materials, meets electrical hazard ASTM standards, and is authorized for wear with OCP uniforms for Army and USAF members, multicam uniforms for Army members, and NWU Type III uniforms for Naval members.
A great lightweight tactical boot is an important piece of gear for anyone in the military or law enforcement. Find the right boot for your mission on our website or at your nearest US Patriot store.