Top Military Boots for 2018
No matter what the operation or terrain, it’s important to have footwear that meets the highest standard of quality. Comfort and durability must come as a standard with military boots, but each pair come complete with a variety of different specifications. To help you choose your next pair of boots, we’ve chosen our top 5 pairs for 2018 regarding fit, comfort, durability and other factors.
Aku’s footwear offering in our top 5 has been developed in conjunction with the US Navy Seals, making these an excellent multi-terrain boot with a low profile. Aku have used years of knowledge and experience to create a lightweight, durable and responsive boot ideal for the outdoor market. The Vibram Swot outsole provides excellent grip for a variety of terrains including scrambles, and the flat area at the toe of the shoe adds extra friction. The Navy Seal Boot has been designed to be incredibly comfortable for long trips, with the Air8000 upper being incredibly breathable, and a Sanifit lining that reduces sweat built-up. The main disadvantage of these boots is that they do not have a Gore-Tex lining meaning they are not waterproof above the rand line. This is because Aku felt the lining would reduce the breathability and flexibility, compromising the specification given. If you’re looking for a boot that provides rugged durability in a lightweight design, Aku’s Navy Seal boots are an ideal choice.
Adidas have taken their sports footwear heritage and combined this with a rugged military style for a supremely supportive and comfortable boot. The Cordura panels combine with full grain leather for a comfortable fit that fits like a glove, whilst offering a comfortable foot climate at the same time. Adidas have worked on their unique Adituff insert which has been placed into the arch, providing safer and more effective braking control for ‘fast roping’ assaults. With extra cushioning on impact with the Adiprene addition, and Traction lugs for supreme grip, this boot has been designed from the sole up for a high-performing boot on any surface.
Our top selling Bates Boot is designed for paramount manoeuvrability and comfort. With a side zipper, these boots provide easy on-off. The full grain leather and nylon uppers provide an ideal balance between breathability and protection, whilst keeping the boot supremely comfortable with their cushioned inserts. If you’re looking for an athletic design, these boots with their ergonomic shape and slip-resistant soles are an ideal choice; as proven by the number of security personnel and police forces that don them.
5.11’s Taclites have been built for precise comfort and fit. The suede leather outers are complete with small eyelets, air mesh panels and side vents for added breathability, making these a supremely ventilated pair of boots ideal for any climate. Their Ortholite sockliner and compression-folded CMEVA midsole combine together for all-day comfort, showing that 5.11 have thought of all aspects to enable these boots to be worn all day without blisters and uncomfort. Complete with the TPU ankle stabilizer, composite shank and multi-directional traction lugs, these lightweight boots can be worn right out of the box.
This 7 inch boot is crafted from a highly durable and lightweight synthetic/leather combination upper, providing excellent DWR water resistance yet retaining breathability. Under Armour have concentrated on providing excellent damage limitation with their ClutchFit ankle support system that provides added stability, and the TPU toe wrap improves impact protection. The super lightweight MicroG EV midsole combines with an ortholite sock liner for superb comfort, and the anti-microbial properties help reduce odours, ideal for long treks. Under Armour’s unique design absorbs impact in your forefoot and heel, reducing injuries and reducing fatigue. With excellent tread and grip, we’d recommend this as an ideal boot for long-haul missions.