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Police Boots
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:23:03 PM »
So, I retired from the Army at the end of last month.  My new job is with the Texas A&M university police department.

For the first time in a decade, I need black boots.  I know there are plenty cops on here. What do ya'll recommend?  I'm going to miss football season this year because I"ll be at the academy (TEEx), but come 2017, I'll be spending 10+ hours at a stretch on my feet come game days.

Edit: It would be extremely helpful if they're available in 4E/Extra wide.

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    Re: Police Boots
    « Reply #1 on: July 09, 2016, 04:37:22 PM »
    For what it is worth I would recommend the Danner Acadia. http://www.danner.com/product/law-enforcement/acadia-8-black.html
    I have used them for years at work and like them. They are expensive though. On the plus side though they are recraftable.
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    « Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 04:44:46 PM »
    Recraftable meaning they can be re-soled?

    On the plus side, they are the extremely rare model (only one Danner offers, even) that are available in 4E/Extra-Wide.

    How are they in hot weather? (Which is 9 months of the year here in College Station)
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    « Reply #3 on: July 09, 2016, 06:33:29 PM »
    My choice used to be the Rocky Eliminator, but you can't get that model anymore and the current line of Rocky boots, in my opinion, sucks.  don't waste your money.

    Danner is a good brand, but higher priced and you will have to plan on having them resoled on a regular basis.

    I've been wearing the 5.11 brand for the last few months and having good luck with them.



    Recraftable meaning they can be re-soled?

    On the plus side, they are the extremely rare model (only one Danner offers, even) that are available in 4E/Extra-Wide.

    How are they in hot weather? (Which is 9 months of the year here in College Station)
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    « Reply #4 on: July 09, 2016, 06:53:37 PM »
    If you are shopping Danners - just be aware of the last your particular boot is made on.   Their quality control is really pretty good so you can depend on it from one pair to the next but if you screw up and get the wrong last it will haunt you for the life of the boot. 
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    « Reply #5 on: July 09, 2016, 11:57:06 PM »
    My choice used to be the Rocky Eliminator, but you can't get that model anymore and the current line of Rocky boots, in my opinion, sucks.  don't waste your money.

    Danner is a good brand, but higher priced and you will have to plan on having them resoled on a regular basis.

    I've been wearing the 5.11 brand for the last few months and having good luck with them.


    I have had good luck with the 5.11 boots.  I am not a LEO, but am really hard on footwear and in the 4E camp.   

    I don't think Keen makes boots suitable for police work, but with their wide toe box they are my only options other than New Balance.
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    « Reply #6 on: July 10, 2016, 02:04:02 PM »
    I think I'm going to have to road trip down to Houston to visit a police supply store or two.

    Once I get my household goods back, maybe I'll just break out my old black jungles (I have green ones as well), get them re-soled with something softer, and get some good insoles.

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    « Reply #7 on: July 10, 2016, 08:20:35 PM »
    Recraftable meaning they can be re-soled?

    On the plus side, they are the extremely rare model (only one Danner offers, even) that are available in 4E/Extra-Wide.

    How are they in hot weather? (Which is 9 months of the year here in College Station)

    Yes re-soled. They are a bit warm in the summer.
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    « Reply #8 on: July 11, 2016, 01:21:55 AM »
    Salomon Forces Quest 4D GTX. I'm not sure if they make that size. UnderArmor and Oakly make good boots too.

    I can't argue with Danners either.


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    « Reply #9 on: July 11, 2016, 01:27:52 AM »
    Been wearing 5.11 for years in the prison system. Recently I screwed up and bought some Bates boots...half of the eyelets broke loose and Bates was hugely unhelpful. Won't be using that brand again.

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    « Reply #10 on: July 11, 2016, 03:55:16 PM »
    I used to buy Bates work shoes but their QC started a long downward slide years ago and never recovered IMO.   I too, have dismissed them from consideration. 
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    « Reply #11 on: July 11, 2016, 10:04:46 PM »
    I've worn Danner Acadias for 24+ years. I've tried the lighter athletic style boots from Converse to Rocky to 5.11 and they just don't give me the support (I'm 210 lbs plus carrying 25 - 30 lbs of gear) or hard wearing longevity of Danners. As you posted, a good pair of insoles is vital as well and I've started using an additional arch support as well. We are provided two models by the PD: the Acadia a which is leather and cordura or the Recon which is basically an all leather Acadia. We can get one pair of Danners a year or two pair of the lighter athletic style boots in a calendar year. My Danners usually last two years before I need a re-sole or another pair.
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    « Reply #12 on: July 11, 2016, 11:37:36 PM »
    Issued Danners? Nice!


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    « Reply #13 on: July 22, 2016, 02:19:30 AM »
    A bit late to the game, but I am definitely in the minority that likes my Bellevilles. They're issued, and they indicate a certain type of seniority where I work. They've been getting comfier since I put up my black boots. I wore a pair of Rocky's on my last deployment, and they were good "office boots" for the billet I was in. I see a lot of Nikes at work, though I haven't bought any myself. I should be getting a pair of Lowa's issued soon (they're ordered, let's see if I actually get them) and I've heard they're amazing.
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    « Reply #14 on: July 22, 2016, 08:57:08 PM »
    I do like my issue Bellevilles...I've gone through 2 pairs.

    Sadly, the black version doesn't come in extra wide.
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    « Reply #15 on: July 22, 2016, 09:11:23 PM »
    I have no suggestions.

    But I'm an Aggie, class of 2011. Gig 'em. Also class of 2010 for EMT Basic at TEEX.

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