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The Best Boots for Correctional Officers


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.

Tactical Work Boots for Corrections DutyCorrectional 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.

1. 5.11 Boots

5.11 HRT Haste 6 Inches Boot5.11 Men's ATAC Storm 8 Inches Boot5.11 Waterproof Taclite Boot
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2. Bates Boots

Bates Men's Gx-8 GTX Side Zip Combat BootBates Men's 8 Inches Durashocks BootBates Ultra-Lites 8 Inches Tactical Sport Side Zip Work Boot
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Bates Zr-6 Combat BootBates Delta-9 GTX Side Zip Work BootBates Velocitor Zip Waterproof Work Boot
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3. Danner Boots

Danner Striker II 400G GTX Uniform BootDanner Acadia 400 Gram Uniform BootDanner Kinetic 6" Side Zip GTX Work Boot
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4. Paratrooper Style Boots

Thorogood Trooper 8" Side Zip BootRocky Duty Modern ParabootCorcoran Men's 10 Inch PR Marauder Work Boot
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5. More Top Boots

Forced Entry Tactical by RothcoBlackhawk Warrior Wear Black Ops BootsBelleville 960z Tactical Research Khyber Lightweight Black Side-Zip Boot
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Timberland PRO Direct Attach 6" Soft Toe BootMagnum Response II 8'' SZ BootUnder Armour UA Valsetz 7" Tactical Boots
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Magnum Mach 1 8.0 Tactical BootOakley SI Assault 6" BootRocky Duty Alpha Force 8" Zipper Boot
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While most of the boots below are available for both men and women, you can locate here the top boots for female correctional officers.

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2 Responses to The Best Boots for Correctional Officers

  1. Joe Erny July 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Thanks so much for this list! I am getting ready to go into the academy and wanted to make sure I got the right boot.
    Ended up going with the Bates Gx8 GTX

  2. Willie Horne September 19, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    I wear a 11 and 1/2 5e and I Can’t seem to fnd any boots by the way I work in correction

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