Original SWAT Boot Side Zip Review

How to choose a good boot basically starts with what you need them to do.

If you are going to jump out of airplanes or tramp through humid jungle you ned a boot that will match that work need.

If you are marching on miles of burned dirt and sand or if you are going to be swimming in deep water for a short time, well, your boots may well end up being four different pairs entirely.

What did I need my boots to do?

I was in the submarine fleet at one time but now I work construction management.

We have OSHA rules about boots needing toe protection.

So, I needed a boot to protect my toes, one with a good thick sole with deep tread, strong ankle support.

I also needed for the boot to be an easy on easy off sort of style.

That is what led me to choose the Original SWAT Classic 9″ Boot, a Men’s Composite Toe Side Zip Boot #1160.

And at $95 I felt it was a good price for my second pair of that boot…the first pair I wore for two years and scuffed them up on the job.

I liked them so well I bought a new pair to keep nice and shiny and I still use the old pair for “dirty work.”

They are light and give great ankle support in a breathable fabric that is very comfortable. The Original SWAT Classic 9″ Boot have heavy tread in soft but durable rubber soles, a steel shank, and a composite toe protector, and even though I don’t jump out of airplanes I feel these boots would serve well in that regard due to the ankle support.

For $25 more you can get them in a waterproof finish which is what my next set is going to be when I buy a third pair these boots.

PROS:
What we like is the durability and the finish…the leather shines up very well.

CONS: 
What we don’t like is the zipper handles are not heavy duty.

By Mike Mackay

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