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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

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
Bates Zr-6 Combat BootBates Delta-9 GTX Side Zip Work BootBates Velocitor Zip Waterproof Work Boot

3. Danner Boots

Danner Striker II 400G GTX Uniform BootDanner Acadia 400 Gram Uniform BootDanner Kinetic 6" Side Zip GTX Work Boot

4. Paratrooper Style Boots

Thorogood Trooper 8" Side Zip BootRocky Duty Modern ParabootCorcoran Men's 10 Inch PR Marauder Work Boot

5. More Top Boots

Forced Entry Tactical by RothcoBlackhawk Warrior Wear Black Ops BootsBelleville 960z Tactical Research Khyber Lightweight Black Side-Zip Boot
Timberland PRO Direct Attach 6" Soft Toe BootMagnum Response II 8'' SZ BootUnder Armour UA Valsetz 7" Tactical Boots
Magnum Mach 1 8.0 Tactical BootOakley SI Assault 6" BootRocky Duty Alpha Force 8" Zipper Boot

While most of the boots below are available for both men and women, you can locate here the top boots for female correctional officers.


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