We’ve covered the top 10 every day carry items in a previous post on correctional officer gear, but in this post we will focus on one of those items in greater detail and with a broader selection, and that’s correctional officer boots.
Correctional officers spend a lot of time standing and being active on their feet, so selecting a great pair of boots can mean a lot for your performance and prevent the onset of pain and fatigue in your legs and feet.
So do your feet a favor and purchase a pair a boots that meet and exceed all of your needs and will assist you in accomplishing the mission. The price of a good pair of boots varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but for the most part the prices are consistent with each other. The old adage ” You get what you pay for!” certainly applies here. Some of the cheaper boots that do not appear on this list may last you from 6 months to a 1 year depending on your usage. Some of the higher end boots that do appear below have been known to last for 5 years or more.
There are a few top boot makers that produce some high quality, heavy-duty tactical boots & footwear and have been very well received within the correctional officer community. Below, we’ve compiled a list of what we think, and what the general consensus of correction officers consider to be the top 5 correctional officer boot makers that you should consider for your initial purchase, or a replacement pair when the need arises.
5.11 HRT Haste 6 Inches Boot
5.11 ATAC Storm 8 Inches Boot
Bates GX-8 GTX Boot
Bates 8” Durashocks Boot
Bates Ultra-Lite 8 Boot
Danner Striker II GTX Uniform Boot
Danner Acadia 400 Gram Uniform Boot
Danner Kinetic 6" Side Zip GTX Work Boot
4. Paratrooper Style Boots
Thorogood Men's Trooper 8" Side Zip Boot
Rocky 10" Side Zipper Paratrooper Duty Boot
Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6" Soft Toe Boot