Footwear is truly the key to surviving a law enforcement shift. Yes, training and personal skills are what we rely on daily. However, those skills suffer if your feet and legs are sore, wet, or achy. A good pair of boots goes a long way toward keeping you on your feet, literally, and at the top of your game.
Since Original S.W.A.T. Boots burst on the market many years ago, comfort and value have been the driving force behind the company. I have worn Original S.W.A.T. Boots for shooting, hunting, and on duty for years, and so has my shooting partner. The footwear's outsoles are designed to give you traction in most any and all conditions. My first pair of boots had to be retired after five years of wear because they were coming apart, but my partner still uses his for yard work.
Original S.W.A.T.'s line has grown from the Classic 9" to include mocs, dress shoes, safety footwear, and now waterproof boots with pathogen barriers. The company's WinX2 boot offers the comfort and fit of the Classic and a waterproof, pathogen-resistant liner. In this day and age when you come upon incidents where numerous blood-borne diseases can be present it is important to reduce your exposure.
A former team member of mine has been wearing the WinX2 on duty for the last few months. His feet tend to hurt him no matter the boots he wears. But after breaking in the WinX2s, he tells me his feet don't suffer on 12-hour shifts. Working as a police officer in a medical facility, he appreciates the pathogen-resistant barrier. People working there have been known to come into contact with various bodily fluids; fortunately he has not had to test this out. He can, however, attest to the fact that his feet have stayed dry in the monsoons of spring here in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Original S.W.A.T.'s WinX2 can be had as a standard lace-up, side-zip, side-zip with a composite safety toe, and in the waterproof version that was tested. These four styles should give your feet that running shoe feel and performance from the first day you slip them on, and they will protect you from numerous diseases we all would rather not catch.
Benchmade: 930 Kulgera Knife
One piece of equipment that I count on to not only look good but also be reliably functional is a knife. Benchmade Knives has turned this combination into an art form, and its 930 Kulgera is a prime example of form meeting function.