Whether you’re looking for a pair of good hunting boots for the season or gearing up for a military deployment overseas you will need a good pair of boots. Check out the list of the Top 10 Special Forces Boots and footwear and you decide what is best for your feet.
What is the best boot? The boot that fits your foot the best, drains well and lasts a long time in rough terrain.
You could have the most expensive tricked out tactical boots known to man…but if they are ill fitting—they will destroy your feet.
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SGPT also suggest you train in your boots….Yes that’s right—do your daily workouts in your boots.
#10 ROTHCO JUNGLE BOOTS
The Rothco Jungle Boots offer reliable support and durability for demanding environments. Made from 100% leather and imported, these military combat boots stand 8 inches tall, providing excellent ankle support with their 9-eyelet lacing system (featuring aluminum desert tan eyelets).
The thick vulcanized rubber cleated Panama outsole ensures enhanced traction on various surfaces, while the steel shank reduces strain on your heel and calf, making them ideal for long days on your feet. Dual vent holes increase breathability, keeping your feet cool and dry even in hot conditions. Designed to run a size larger, these boots accommodate wearing two pairs of wool socks for added comfort and warmth during extended wear.
This boots were issued to Special Forces and Infantry soldiers during the Vietnam War and later during the 1980s Reagan years. They have stood the test of time and are still a great boot for the outdoors.
#9 UNDER ARMOUR VALSETZ
The Under Armour Valsetz is great! I like how it feels good right out of the box and it is super comfortable.
It works great in the rain as it has a really good tread. This is a great boot for Law Enforcement and SWAT or Special Forces working in urban environments.
One of the standout features is its breathability, keeping your feet cool and dry even in hot weather. However, it’s worth noting that the Under Armour Valsetz may not be the best option for extremely rugged terrains, but for everyday versatility, comfort, and style, it’s a solid pick in the tactical boot category.
I have observed several athletes that have used this boot for GORUCK and SEALFIT Kokoro events. You can pick up a pair online or at a local outlet for about $115 (US).
#8 BATES 8″ ULTRALITE
The Bates Men’s 8″ Ultralite Tactical Sport Side Zip Military Boot is a trusted choice for those seeking reliable footwear built for demanding tasks. These boots, designed specifically for military use, provide durability and functionality essential for various missions and rigorous activities. Crafted with a blend of tough materials, these boots offer both sturdiness and flexibility, allowing wearers to navigate different terrains with ease.
With a convenient side zipper for quick and easy wear, these boots prioritize efficiency without compromising on comfort. The Bates Ultralite Tactical Sport Boots feature a lightweight design that doesn’t weigh down the wearer during prolonged use. Their sturdy construction, supportive cushioning, and slip-resistant outsoles make them a dependable choice for military personnel, law enforcement professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts alike, ensuring reliable performance in demanding situations.
Question: What is a good way to protect your toes and feet from getting blisters during hiking?
Put this on your toes and feet and add a good pair of socks and you will be good to go.
We know guys who have used this cream and gone through GORUCK and Spartan Races with no blisters at all.
You can pick up a tube or Trail Toes for about $13 and this is cheap insurance to protect your feet. My buddy got blisters on his toes and I let him borrow a little bit. I bailed him out and he bought me beers later so it was a good deal for both of us.
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#7 SALOMON X ULTRA BOOT
I observed the Salomon boots being worn by Navy SEALs and urban SWAT teams recently out in the field. I was able to ride along with Las Vegas SWAT to serve a warrant on a drug dealer. These operators need a lightweight boot with a grippy tread. Several of those operators were using Salomon and Under Armour boots.
This boot is lightweight but has excellent traction and allows you to move quickly if needed. What I like is that the Salomon X Ultra boot has a speed lacing system which can be good and bad depending on how you use your laces.
I like to wear my boots a little loose but comfortable and like traditional lacing myself (I have several shoes with speed lacing and am not completely sold on it). But in the case of this boot I like it so far.
I got in touch with one of my buddies in Ranger battalion and he was just issued two pairs of boots. The Salomon Quest 4D GTX boot and Salomon winter weather boots are standard issue for US Army Rangers at Ft. Lewis.
#6 DANNER RAT TEMPERATE
The first pair of Danner boots I put on I was impressed with. As much as I was impressed with that first pair over other boots, I am that much impressed with this pair over those. I’ve read reviews where people said “no break in” before, and thought people were exaggerating.
The Danner USMC RAT 8″ MOJAVE (15670X) Plain Toe Vibram Sole duty boots are a reliable choice for military combat and duty. Made in the USA, these boots feature a durable rubber sole for traction and stability on various terrains.
This boot has a shaft height of 8 inches and a lace-up closure, they offer ankle support and a secure fit. The waterproof construction, including a GORE-TEX® membrane, keeps feet dry in wet conditions. I like that these boots proudly display the USMC Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, making them a symbol of service and pride for Marines.
#5 DANNER TORRENT
This is a boot worth taking a look at. The Danner Torrent boot has proven to be a reliable and versatile companion for all my outdoor adventures. Its rugged construction, featuring a waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX lining, has kept my feet dry and comfortable in various weather conditions.
The traction provided by the Vibram Torrent outsole is exceptional, ensuring stability on slippery terrain. I really like the boot’s cushioned insole and supportive midsole make long hikes a breeze, reducing fatigue. The Danner Striker Torrent boot may not be the lightest option out there, its durability and overall performance make it a worthwhile investment for those seeking dependable footwear for challenging outdoor pursuits.
I have used/own the following boots: issue Altama’s, issue Bates, Danner Desert Acadia’s, Danner Roughout TFX, Garmont T-8, Nike SFB, Lowa Desert Elite, Lowa Uplander Desert, OTB 8″ Bushmaster, Salomon, and the Rocky S2V’s.
I also don’t just walk around the street or go to the range and get them muddy. I’ve done climbs of over 6000 vertical feet in rough terrain, including snow, ice, mud, scree, rock, dirt, etc.
#4 LOWA ZEPHYR HI GTX
The Lowa Men’s Zephyr GTX Hi TF Boots in Coyote OP are designed for rugged performance in various conditions. Made with a suede leather upper and Cordura fabric, these boots offer durability and flexibility. The textile lining features a Gore-Tex breathable membrane to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
With a removable anatomically correct padded insole, these boots provide excellent underfoot support. The integrated PU midsole absorbs shock, reducing fatigue during long hours on your feet. The non-slip Lowa Cross Duty rubber sole, equipped with multi-directional lugs, ensures reliable traction on different surfaces, making these boots ideal for outdoor activities and demanding missions.
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#3 NIKE SFB
This is a boot designed to meet the rigorous demands and uniform suitability of military and first-responders. The Nike® SFB Gen 2 8″ tactical boot is light weight (1 lb .08 ounces) is constructed with tough suede leather and nylon canvas uppers.
I like the full 8-inch collar which offers protection and lots of ankle support. The lacing system is good and I like how it keeps your boot in place as you move.
I hiked through a stream and you can see that this boot drained out well and that it dries quickly in the sun. I am an older athlete so I like the foam midsole that delivers lightweight cushioning. This boot has a saw tooth design at the arch which makes it grip when you are climbing a rope.
#2 ALTAMA MARITIME ASSAULT
If your going to board a ship and take down the crew you want to have a boot that will grip the surface. These look more like sneakers but they are made to last. They have a high abrasion quick drying 1000D Cordura quarter panels. I have used a pair of these out in the field and they dry really quickly. It has air mesh linings which help wick away sweat and other moisture quickly from your feet.
These heavy duty sneakers are built for battle with a non-shine rust-proof lace hardware that will not break on the battle field. You can wear fins with these boots. They have low profile laces will not cause pain from fin wear on long swims. I like that the Altama Maritime Assault has a full length one piece ABS shank provides stability and support when you need it for climbing.
So this is what makes this boot completely different from the others. It has a no slip grip with SEAL rubber sticky outsoles. The rubber compound was originally developed for rock climbing shoes and modified for wet tactical operations.
The Ultron PU contoured insole will not absorb water. It has front non-metallic drain ports that allow for water to drain easily when flexing the boot. I really like that it will fit just about any dive fins used by militaries worldwide. These are worn by the SEAL Teams, Marine Recon and Army Green Berets during training and out in the real world.
#1 OAKLEY LT ASSAULT
This is a great boot that is both lightweight and can take a lot of abuse. At only 14 ounces per boot and 8 inches high you can expect this boot to feel light on your feet.
The Oakley LT Assault Boot is a true game-changer for those who demand high-performance footwear. These boots effortlessly blend rugged durability with lightweight comfort, making them ideal for any mission or outdoor adventure.
The minimalist design is not only sleek but also incredibly functional, allowing for excellent agility and speed without sacrificing support. The breathable and moisture-wicking lining keeps my feet comfortable during long treks, and the high-traction outsole provides exceptional stability on a variety of terrains. These boots offer the perfect balance of form and function, making them an indispensable choice for anyone in need of top-notch tactical footwear.
The Oakley LT Assault boots have drain holes in the soles and can shed water quickly. This can be a key feature if you are in wet conditions and want your boots to dry out.
There are several other boots that are just outside the cut off mark. Check out these options and see how they fit your feet.
#11 Salomon Men’s Quest Rove Gore-tex Trail Running Shoe
The Salomon Men’s Quest Rove Gore-tex Trail Running Shoe is a reliable choice for your missions. With its durable leather outer material and rubber sole, this shoe is built to withstand tough terrains and long hours on your feet. The speed laces closure ensures a quick and secure fit, allowing you to focus on the task at hand without worrying about your footwear.
Designed with stability and comfort in mind, even under the weight of a heavy pack, these shoes feature strategic reinforcements and a grippy Contagrip outsole for optimal traction. The waterproof GORE-TEX lining keeps your feet dry in wet conditions, allowing you to stay focused and agile on the field. Whether you’re engaged in trail running, hiking, backpacking, or mountaineering, Salomon provides shoes and gear to help you conquer any challenge that lies ahead. Trust in Salomon’s legacy of innovation in outdoor sports gear since 1947, and make every mission a success with gear that’s built to perform.
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#12 Bates 9″ U.S. Navy DuraShocks Steel Toe Boot
#13 Bates 8″ Tropical SEALS DuraShocks Boot
Bates Ranger II Hot Weather Composite Toe Boot
LOWA Z-8S C
Salomon Guardian ClimaSalomon Waterproof
Bates Cobra 8″ Hot Weather Boot
Salomon X.A. Forces 8 GORE-TEX EN
LOWA R-8 GTX Thermo
Danner Desert Acadia
Under Armour Alegent Tactical Boots
Question: What are the best boots used by US Special Forces?
Answer: It all depends on the mission first as that will tell you which boot to choose. The Bates 922 is probably the go-to boot for most missions but probably not for cold weather snow work.
Question: I have flat feet and trying to train for Special Forces. What do I need to do to trick out my boots?
Answer: You need to add a good orthotic like the Superfeet Green Premium Insoles. This will help you.