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Hey everyone, need a little help. I need to select a pair of boots for the academy and with so many choices I have no clue where to start. I saw a few posts from a while back and was hoping to get a few more opinions.


thanks in advance.

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You may want to avail yourself of the information contained in here:


http://policelink.monster.com/products/search?keyword=boots


Honest to goodness reviews of boots by cops for cops. Personally, I prefer Bates.


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I am hard on boots and Danner boots so far have been the only ones I have been able to wear for a LONG time.  I just retired a pair of Danner Acadias after almost 6 yrs.  I still wear them but they are pretty beat up.


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Thanks guys I really appreciate it!

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Since you will be in the Academy I would buy the cheapest pair of boots that I could  find. You are going to need to buy another pair before you hit the streets anyways. So save your money for a good pair after you graduate. Boots are going to be bigger than shoes (obviously) so I would suggest you not buy a pair online. Go to your nearest ARMY/NAVY or police supply store and try them on there. 


As for my preference on boots. I love my Bates boots. I wore Bates Desert style boots while I was in the ARMY and I am on my second pair of "Ultra Lites" right now.  They are a great pair of boots. They cost about $78.00 and you should be able to pick them up at Dicks sporting goods if you do not have a police supply store. 


Hope this helps and have fun at the academy


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I would endorse what Ten8 said.  The pair you get after the academy - those are the ones you spend the big bucks on.  My last two pairs were Bates for about $80.00 here in Houston.  The ones before that were Rocky 911's.  I think Rocky went out of business.  Danner boots are outstanding and expensive. 


Get them 1/2 to one size to big.  Your feet will swell after wearing them for hours and you may have to or want to wear two pair of socks.  I also recommend those gel support insoles.  A new pair of gel insoles every time daylight savings time starts/ends.     


Shoes are quieter and may look better.  The corfam shoes (real shiny) make your feet sweat A LOT.   Boots offer more ankle/foot support and protection from nails, glass, debris, etc, etc.    You and your feet are going to spend 10 plus hours in these boots every day you work.  


Good luck! 

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I love my Bates ultra lights, I got the pair that has the inside zipper and gortex.  They keep my feet dry no matter how much water I step in and they keep my feet cool when it's hot out.  I've had these boots coming up on three years now and looks like they may last for another three years.  This is the pair I will be buying again  http://www.galls.com/style.html?assort=general_catalog&style=SP845


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I like Bates myself. I disagree in purchasing a non expensive pair. You may wish to consider purchasing two pair (if money is available) and rotate them. On patrol duty I always rotated my shoes and boots.

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*takes notes*


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DANNER ACADIAS are the only way to go expensive but last forever. They can also be resoled and be good as new.


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DANNER ACADIAS are the only way to go expensive but last forever. They can also be resoled and be good as new.



They also have reinforced soles so to not have too much flex when walking.  Having no arch in my foot this is REALLY nice.  I would not suggest the resole.  Spend a few extra bucks for the recondition.  My old boots are going in for the recondition, here pretty soon.


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I am no longer in Law Enforcement but Bates worked great for me. They lasted about 6 years. Some of the guys I work with like the Converse boots.

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I love Danner in the winter and 5.11 storms in the summer. For the academy I would look at a jump boot. Once you get a good shine on them they are easy to maintin for the inspections.


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I can honestly say that I love my Magnum Stealth Force Waterproofs. They are relatively lightweight and dont leak a drop of water when trudging through whatever. Kind of on the pricey side, but I find a good pair of boots is WELL worth the money for comfort and durability.

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Redwing for me.


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Flip-flops.


I save a lot on polish.


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POLISH YOU BOOTS!! EVERY NIGHT or at the least before you go to the academy in the morning- i'm  a heckler about polished boots- you don't want to be labeled as a dirtbag- don't look like one.


 


WEAR THE BOOTS!!! for awhile before you go- you'll be thanking yourself later


OH!! And GOOD LUCK!!

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Flip-flops.


I save a lot on polish.



Good one, I almost said Crocs.


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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the advice. Since the academies around here are self-sponsor and I'll be living of my savings for the next 5 months I'm going with these - 


http://www.lawsupply.com/Footwear/Duty_Boots/Other/E02261


Plus, most of the agencies I'll be applying to offer an allowance for footwear.


 


thanks again.

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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the advice. Since the academies around here are self-sponsor and I'll be living of my savings for the next 5 months I'm going with these - 


http://www.lawsupply.com/Footwear/Duty_Boots/Other/E02261


Plus, most of the agencies I'll be applying to off an allowance for footwear.


 


thanks again.



That's cool, I have those very same boots. You can get them on Ebay (brand new) for $68 with free shipping. Good luck in the academy!


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One thing Ive had to learn on my own when it comes to boots for police work, most of the brands are not water proof. I live in a city that is legendary for rain, tornadoes, and hurricanes...if youre in a place that gets dumped on frequently, make sure you get a pair that keeps your feet dry,.

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Once again, I am biased because I live in the same city, but Danner Boots are my best choice.  I have never twisted my ankle in them, even when I should have.  They have what they call 'heel to toe' lacing.  The laces start right behind the toe and it offers complete support.

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For the academy I would just get something you can put a high polish on.  Rocky and Danner probably make the best boots for that.  For the streets, I love Oakley boot.  Once you get a cop job you can set up an account with U.S. Standard Issue and get great discounts on them.  I got my $180.00 6" boots for $90.00 from them.

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For the academy I would just get something you can put a high polish on.  Rocky and Danner probably make the best boots for that.  For the streets, I love Oakley boot.  Once you get a cop job you can set up an account with U.S. Standard Issue and get great discounts on them.  I got my $180.00 6" boots for $90.00 from them.



Yeah the academy is more about appearance, the field...different story. I think I polish my boots once every couple of weeks and thats just because I used to have an LT (switched to another division now) who was a stickler for appearances. I still use the boots I was issued in initial entry training from the Army...they look it too. Way I figure, a psychopath doesnt care if he can see his reflection in my boot.

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Harley-Davidson "mid-slash" boots. Have had mine for 4 years and still look great, very uniform and comfy as sneakers.


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Need some opinions here - what does everyone think of Magnum boots?  I'm looking at either the zipper version of the Rockys I have now, or a Magnum Stealth Force boot.  Anything I get, I need to be waterproof.  Thanks in advance, all.

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Magnums suck and suck hard.  I wore a pair out in 4 mos I think it was.  Unless they're better built now compared to 12 or so yrs ago they still suck.


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Magnums suck and suck hard.  I wore a pair out in 4 mos I think it was.  Unless they're better built now compared to 12 or so yrs ago they still suck.



You must have gotten a bad pair, I wore a pair for over a year with little problems or wear, though I prefer the 5.11's over Magnums now.

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Scurge says ...



Magnums suck and suck hard.  I wore a pair out in 4 mos I think it was.  Unless they're better built now compared to 12 or so yrs ago they still suck.



You must have gotten a bad pair, I wore a pair for over a year with little problems or wear, though I prefer the 5.11's over Magnums now.



I doubt it.  I have destroyed every brand I tried except Danner in usually 6 mos.  I am working on a pair of Blackhawk tan boots now.  About a month into them now.  We'll see how it goes


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Scurge says ...



Casscocop says ...



Scurge says ...



Magnums suck and suck hard.  I wore a pair out in 4 mos I think it was.  Unless they're better built now compared to 12 or so yrs ago they still suck.



You must have gotten a bad pair, I wore a pair for over a year with little problems or wear, though I prefer the 5.11's over Magnums now.



I doubt it.  I have destroyed every brand I tried except Danner in usually 6 mos.  I am working on a pair of Blackhawk tan boots now.  About a month into them now.  We'll see how it goes



Do you work in an environment with a lot of sharp rocks, many years ago I wore out a pair of supposedly good quailty hiking books in one week hiking most of each day in Big Bend National Park, where ther 'ground' was sharp rock fragments for the most part.  I've been having a little trouble breaking in my Danners but will continue to work on it.

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