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So I was where is the best place to find good quality black duty boots and what kind is the best. All the boots that I have had wore out within three months.

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Bates 922's.


Good enough for Navy SEALs.... good enough for me. They take a shine and are comfortable.


There are others as well. Rockys are good. Danners are good.


 


 


 


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I saw alot of people wearing bates but were too sure on how they were. I also heard about the other two as well but a few people said that the danners really didnt last long.

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I love my Rocky but must admit Bates are great also -- Danner you will find a bit pricey

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511's are reasonably priced and last about 2 years or so. If you are in a snowy place, buy some cleat add ons for them, as the grip is terrible. They are light weight and comfortable. I am on my third pair in six years. If you have money to spend (I don't) I would go with Danners or Bates.


 

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Which boots are the best and most comfortable may be almost as big as the discussion of which duty firearm is the best.  It comes down to the fact that not all feet are the same and how comfortable one boot is on one person may not translate into the same for another.  Danner, Bates, Rocky, Oakley, 5-11, Magnum....... For my (size 13) feet and my feet only (as I can not speak to the feet of anyone else), I like my Converse C8875.  My first pair lasted a little over 3 years. My second and third pairs have matched that and I am getting ready to cycle pair number three out for a fourth pair that I have been using as my Class A dress boots for ceremonial events (low milage).  They were priced at a reasonable $94.00 (dollars U.S.).  But as stated earlier, that's what works for me and my feet. What will work for you and your feet you will have to spend the time to try them all on. Worry less about the name and more about comfort.  If comfort comes at a price, in the end it will be worth every penny spent.

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SkoolCop has good advice, for example I bought a pair of rocky boots years ago but could never get them to were I could wear them for a full shift comfortably.  I use them as off duty outside boots were I only wear then a few hours and they are holding up very well.  I have a pair of danner boots I bought on sale and they are well into their third year and still doing fine, though I am on my 3rd set of laces.  Have used bates and 5.ll's in the past as I still use 5.11 at one of my jobs.  You  might watch LApolicegear, they frequently have boots on sale, sometimes at a big discount, I bought my danner ( a $180 pair for abut 1/2 price) and some 5.11's there (also on sale).

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Thanks everyone for all the advice on boots. I will take them into consideration when I go to pick out a pair.

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Why not axe those you work with?

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Personally, I only wear boots when I'm working games outside for long periods. For duty, I have worn Thorogood Athletic Mid-Cuts for years. Comfortable, non slip soles and a type of athletic shoe.



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 I like the  Bellville 700, theyre made in the USA.  The last two pair I had lasted over a year before the insoles were brokedown enough to bother my fit.  Neither air ever leaked.  I was able to find them for less than $150.  I a trying a pair of Blackhawk now after ruining the Bellvilles during tornado cleanup last month.  They are very comfortable, I dont know how long they will last though.

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Timmy/36TR I heard you wore Rocky's boots and he axed for them back. What say?

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Timmy/36TR I heard you wore Rocky's boots and he axed for them back. What say?



Yup. And he didn't get them back either! 


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Which boots are the best and most comfortable may be almost as big as the discussion of which duty firearm is the best.  It comes down to the fact that not all feet are the same and how comfortable one boot is on one person may not translate into the same for another.  Danner, Bates, Rocky, Oakley, 5-11, Magnum....... For my (size 13) feet and my feet only (as I can not speak to the feet of anyone else), I like my Converse C8875.  My first pair lasted a little over 3 years. My second and third pairs have matched that and I am getting ready to cycle pair number three out for a fourth pair that I have been using as my Class A dress boots for ceremonial events (low milage).  They were priced at a reasonable $94.00 (dollars U.S.).  But as stated earlier, that's what works for me and my feet. What will work for you and your feet you will have to spend the time to try them all on. Worry less about the name and more about comfort.  If comfort comes at a price, in the end it will be worth every penny spent.


 


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I checked out those Converse C8875's you mentioned. Definitely high speed-low drag. All you need are chrome exhaust pipes and you could head down to the drag strip. Do they take a shine?


Forgot to mention. To the original poster: Your employer may have a uniform policy that may dictate what you 'shall' wear. Check it out.


As has been mentioned, comfort is everything. EVERYTHING. My agency required that we put a shine on the toes and we could not wear anything that resembled a sneaker.


If I made all the rules, I would wear a pair of Merrell Refuge Core Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot. They wouldn't be pretty with a uniform but they are the most comfortable, well-made, lightweight boots I have ever had.


And oh, many moons ago, I used to wear jump boots at work. They were comfy back then but not so much now.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



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Love the Danners I have worn and am wearing. yes they are expensive but lasted 4 years. keep em shined and they last, the soles wore out but you can get them re-soled. I did buy and wear a pair of S&W M&P boots and they lasted 3 plus years and are cheaper and lighter than Danners.


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I checked out those Converse C8875's you mentioned. Definitely high speed-low drag. All you need are chrome exhaust pipes and you could head down to the drag strip. Do they take a shine?


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YES..... They take a shine.  I have one pair for duty use and a second pair for special use and dressy events.  They are always shined and ready to go.  Getting ready to cycle out and keep my older boots in my locker as spares, the second pair will become my duty boots and I will buy a new pair for special use and dressy events.

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 I wear 5.11 ATACs and I recommend them to any Law Enforcement Professional. 


The boots have a firm upper portion that keeps your ankle in an upright position without putting a limit on the ability to flex. They're comfortable, they fit, and they hold everything in place.

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Bates!!! hands down the best and most comfortable tactical boots i ever wore.

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And oh, many moons ago, I used to wear jump boots at work. They were comfy back then but not so much now.



 I still have a pair of corcorans I wear for details and such....take a heck of a shine!


 



On duty I wear bates



 


 


 


 


 


 


 



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I had a pair of Bates Enforcers. They were good, but after two years, they wouldn't shine up anymore, and the zipper tore. I've had a pair of 511's for almost 4 years. They are very comfortable and lightweight, but when the temperature drops below -10c or so, the soles freeze hard like hockey pucks. Great summer shoe, or for those of you who don't have to endure six months of snow and ice per year!

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 Danners!!!!!!


You can't cure stupid.

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BUMP!!!!


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 I don't know but do Bates boots have a 2-yr life span? LOL. Most of you here said yours were good for the first 2 years. It was also the same with the Bates I had. But they are light weight and very comfy. My favorite boots since 2009 is the one I bought from Intapol. It's a black leather that you can polish and boy, it doesn't sag. I've been using it for give and take 5 years. 

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I don't know, but I've always been using the Bates... Heck, I (still) got them on as I'm writing this...


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Duty boots that double as writing slippers.  Gotta love it!

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I don't know, but I've always been using the Bates... Heck, I (still) got them on as I'm writing this...




Is that a cell phone in the lining of that boot?  (gratuitous reference to the show, "Get Smart")


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Duty boots that double as writing slippers.  Gotta love it!



Yeah... Would you believe it..????

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BrooklynAux says ...



I don't know, but I've always been using the Bates... Heck, I (still) got them on as I'm writing this...




Is that a cell phone in the lining of that boot?  (gratuitous reference to the show, "Get Smart")



Nawww.... Actually, it's an Android 4G... With internet, 4,000 apps, you name it....