There is no replacement for the perfect pair of Army combat boots. No matter if you’re out in harsh environments or behind a tanker, your success rests in having the best footwear for the job. We’ve made it our mission to partner with top manufacturers that produce AR670-1 compliant footwear that performs. Whether you need a lightweight boot to keep you mobile or something more reinforced for a rough-and-tumble job, we stock only the best and are prepared to help you buy the best army boots on the market.
Lightweight Army Boots
If you need to be light on your feet without sacrificing durability, lightweight Army boots are the best option. Our top brands have implemented next generation technology to keep the weight down. For example, Oakley have found ways to reduce the weight of the Oakley Elite Assault Boot outsole by incorporating Vibram technology. In most cases, the weight reduction is implemented through advances in sole construction or the fabric blend of the Upper. If you are looking to invest, make sure you aren’t sacrificing the bulk for low-budget blends. You still want the same abrasion-resistant material of a heavier boot.
When it comes to durable OCP tactical boots, Nike has found its groove. The Nike SFB Jungle Boots are specifically designed to provide a breathable and lightweight pair of Army combat boots, especially in wet environments. You get a specially designed Pebax plate to ensure stability across all types of less-than-ideal environments, paired with a breathable full-grain leather and nylon canvas. And to ensure soggy boots don’t keep you grounded, lateral and medial ports ensure water is properly draining.
Oakley has seriously advanced lightweight boot technology—and the Oakley Elite Assault Boot is no exception. Through their Vibram Litebase Outsoles, they have managed to decrease the weight of the sole, while maintaining Oakley’s signature support and protection. Similarly, the Cordura Upper is a breathable – yet durable – synthetic material that provides ventilated comfort. These are boots built for the field.
If you’d like to read our review on the Oakley Elite Assault Boots, click here.
Heavy Duty Army Boots
Sometimes you need a boot with a bit more reinforcement. Whether it’s a reinforced toe box or added layers in the Upper, the added weight is worth the added protection. Boots with that added bulk often feature a composite or steel toe, heavier soles or extra cushioning. Let’s be clear, though, it’s not that a heavier boot isn’t optimal, it’s simply a different tool to get a job done. Some jobs need that added element of protection.
Belleville makes some of the toughest boots around. If you need some reinforcement, you can’t go wrong with the Belleville Hot Weather Steel Toe Boot. It’s made from 100% cattlehide leather, with a very durable nylon fabric Upper. The entire sole – from outsole to midsole – features shock absorbent protection, with a removable molded insert. And as the boot’s name would indicate, it’s got a steel toe to keep each and every toe safe. Even the tongue is reinforced with extra padding. From the Upper to the steel toe box, these Army boots are built tough.
If you need a rugged Army boot without a steel toe, check out Blackhawk Desert Ops Boots. The Desert Ops are one of Blackhawk’s best-selling styles and there are plenty of reasons why these boots are so popular. In terms of reinforcement, they’ve built an extra layer of suede to create an additional barrier to keep wear at bay. For protection, there’s an added layer of suede to protect your toes and abrasion resistant reinforcement inside the heel. Finally, they’ve added a steel shank for added support between the insole and outsole. Combined with a Vibram outsole, you should have no problems keeping your feet firmly fastened to the floor.