I catch some hell for wearing these — my friends call ’em “cop boots.” But what they really are is majorly comfortable. They’re called “tactical boots,” and they’re designed to feel like sneakers but give you the protection of boots.
So yeah, they’re “cop boots.”
I picked up a pair a while back when I was looking for general “kick around the shop and out in the boonies” boots. I have a pair of steel-toes, but you don’t always need steel-toe protection, and they’re awfully heavy. Since I’m not really much of a fashion guy — at least when it comes to work boots — I decided to pick a pair the same way I pick a musical instrument: by how they feel and work, not how they look. I ended up with these because they work exactly as advertised.
Besides the comfort, they’re also quite practical. The soles are made of a slip and oil resistant material that sticks quite well. The difference is noticable when it’s wet out — like today. And though they’re not particularly pretty, the uppers are leather. The sides are 1150 denier nylon, which bends easier.
You can, believe it or not, run in these. I don’t, mainly because I’m lazy as hell.
What I have done in them is stand around all day at an auction, dredge a trailer out of a field, hike around a campsite and the junk yard, and spend a lot of time in the shop. Good stuff.
The model I own is the Stealth II, selected mainly because I have no need of a side-zip style — since I don’t wear black tactical gear (ever) — and I wanted high boots for the bug/crap protection.
Pricing starts around $105 online, but I paid quite a bit less for mine on sale — more like $75. You can find these at most big sporting goods stores or any store that sells “uniform boots.”
And if your friends give you shit about them, just ignore it. I do. Or tell ’em Frank wore them in Ocean’s 12. Anything good enough for Frank should be good enough for us, right?