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What's in a Boot?

It takes more than leather to make boots strong, sturdy, and comfortable enough to keep a cop moving all day and into the night.

October 01, 2002  |  by - Also by this author

Getting to the Bottom of It All

Regardless of where you live or what duty you're assigned to, considering all the running and driving and, yes, even standing that comes with the job, you need something on the bottom of your feet that will protect them from impact and keep you from slipping on slick surfaces. You know how embarrassing falling can be, not to mention dangerous.

And you're probably a demanding customer, like most cops with many needs on the job. Agent Hoffman of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office knows his criteria.

"Some of the things I look for are quality of construction, how well they fit, and good cushioning, which is important when you're wearing them all day."

Thorogood’s Women’s 8-inch waterproof Force Recon features a sturdy, deep tread sole.

Bates' Durashocks removable footbed and impact pads are designed to cushion your feet, whether you're pursuing a bad guy on foot or standing around waiting for one to show up. For the outside of the boot, the company's new Spyder Gripper outsole, available on its Enforcer series special ops line, has a deep tread that provides overall slip protection in any situation.

Danner's Terra Force platform is made for stability and durability. The upper is stitched to the midsole plate in the heel and forefoot areas for added stability in the front and back. The internal shank works with the insole plate to create a firm foundation while the external shank provides exceptional lateral and medial strength. Because of this construction, these boots can also be resoled to extend their life.

Drew Shoe Corp. also prides itself on sturdy construction. While it does not market specifically to police, the company creates products that are highly customizable and durable. Offering a range of four to six widths for each style of boot and a variety of shapes, the bottoms of these shoes are made to fit the bottoms of your feet-and the rest of your foot, for that matter-to a tee. Drew shoes and boots, originally made for people who wear orthotics, also feature removable, cushioned dual layer insoles. Solid construction ensures that your foot won't get twisted around while you walk or run or wrestle with an uncooperative subject. Available styles suited for police work include the Pioneer and Husky heavy-duty boots and the Trek High built specifically to fit women's feet.

Magnum's Viper series is a lighter type of boot that features a slip-resistant carbon rubber outsole, an ergonomically contoured insole, and a heel air pad for extra cushioning.

For another lightweight offering, Rocky's flexible sneaker-style boot features TMC (Technology Made Comfortable), which is an injected sole with a wider base than a traditional sneaker to absorb shock and give you the stability you need. Its dual density thermal plastic urethane/polyurethane outsole also offers stability and flexibility.

Original SWAT's 9-inch leather waterproof side zip boot, aside from offering waterproof features, is built on a tough base. The triple-stitched upper and steel shank provide support for the foot. Removable molded orthotic innersoles provide comfort directly to the ball, arch, and heel of your foot. A compression-molded EVA midsole provides support, while a carbon rubber, multi-tread traction, self-cleaning outsole finishes the package.

The Magnum Viper, made by Hi-Tec, is made of leather and nylon for a breathable but water-resistant boot that can take a beating.

Now that you've seen a selection of what's out there, go find your perfect boots. With so many available variations in construction from top to bottom, your proverbial glass slipper is out there somewhere. You might not get a fancy ball or a proposal from Prince(ss) Charming when you buy them, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you'll be comfortable and prepared for whatever comes your way.

For Further Information

Altama Footwear

Bates Uniform Footwear

Danner Boots

Drew Shoe Corp.
(800) 837-3739 ext. 2

Hi-Tec Sports (Magnum)

Original SWAT Footwear

Rocky Shoes and Boots

Thorogood Footwear by Weinbrenner

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