Updated June 11, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Army Boots

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in July of 2015. Whether you want them to wear in tactical situations, need heavy-duty workwear, or simply like to make a fashion statement, these hardwearing army boots will protect and serve your feet well in all kinds of conditions. These selections include some that are as comfortable as they are durable, whether you're on a miles-long hike, standing watch at a guard post, or on a hunting trip. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. 5.11 ATAC

2. Smith & Wesson Breach 2.0

3. Garmont T8 Bifida

Editor's Notes

June 11, 2021:

No changes made here recently. In fact, we're still highly confident in our wide selection of some of the most reputable brands, and we're pleased to share that you can get a great pair of tactical boots without spending a fortune. The 5.11 ATAC remain the top mid-range choice and the Smith & Wesson Breach 2.0 provide similar performance at a reasonable price. If you don't need quite as much ankle support, consider the Ryno Gear Tactical, another pair with a highly convenient side zipper.

January 04, 2020:

When researching and ranking this list, we wanted to find some of the toughest, most reliable army boots out there. While we understand that some people may just be looking for something rugged for aesthetic purposes, or else a dependable pair of footwear for demanding job, we still wanted to ensure this list had offerings that are AR 670-1 compliant for Army wear, or else built to military standards. We also want to add that while the majority of our offerings are men's styles, some, like the Corcoran 1500 Jump Boots, have female-oriented counterparts available with the same sought-after features. Others can be worn by either sex, like the Belleville TR550 Khyber.

Today we said goodbye to the Under Armour Valsetz, which became unavailable, and supplanted them with the Under Armour Stellar, an arguably superior pair of women's tactical boots. They're made with a minimalist, water-repellent design that uses tough materials and reinforced TPU shanks. And while we still think the USMC-approved Danner Men's Marine Temperate is a great pair of footwear, we swapped them for the more popular Danner Men's Tachyon, which are designed to be lightweight while still being hardy and longlasting.

We added the Belleville TR550 Khyber at the expense of the Wideway Speedlace, which suffered too many confirmed complaints regarding their durability. The Belleville boots offer a thoughtful, versatile design that allows the wearer to clamber over fences, ladders, waxed surfaces, dirt-covered terrain, and more.

Many of the models on this list are also ideal for police officers, first responders, security and probation officers, hikers, hunters, construction workers, and more. That being said, anyone who's work requires toe box reinforcement should consider something from our list of steel-toed army boots if it's a job requirement.

Special Honors

Military Boots Direct Military Boots Direct provides an assortment of Army uniform compliant boots for all applications, with footwear ranging from hot weather jungle boots to kevlar bomb blast boots. All of the selections are compliant with AR 670-1, the U.S. Army’s regulation for authorized uniform wear. You'll also find options for Air Force, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard use. militarybootsdirect.com

U.S. Patriot Women's Tactical Boots Female service members often order men's boots in a smaller size to suit their needs. If you'd rather cut out the guesswork, you can easily access appropriately constructed, military-compliant footwear, as well as selections ideal for police, security, and outdoor work, from U.S. Patriot's offering of women's tactical military boots. You'll find trusted brands like Danner, Corcoran, Belleville, and more. uspatriottactical.com

4. Ryno Gear Tactical

5. Corcoran 1500 Jump Boots

6. Danner Men's Tachyon

7. U.S. Military Contractor's Mickey Mouse

8. Belleville TR550 Khyber

9. Under Armour Stellar

10. Bates GX-8


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 11, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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