Have you always wanted some high quality army boots but didn't know where to begin your search?

Maybe you know what individual features make a great boot but you simply don't have the time to go online and dig through the reviews yourself.

Don't fret.

On my list you will find the pros and cons of the 25 best combat boots in 2017 for every pocket and need.

But first you have to know what makes a superb boot, what type of boots you need, and how much you should invest in your boots.

Here is a list of the Best Army Combat Boots of 2017

ImageArmy Combat BootsRating
Rocky Men's S2V Tactical Leather Work Boots4.8 / 5.0
Garmont T8 Extreme Tactical Boot4.2 / 5.0
Belleville One Xero Ultra Light Assault Boot4.5 / 5.0
Rocky Men's 8 Jungle Cordura Professional Boots4.6 / 5.0
Oakley Men's Light Assault 2 Boots4.3 / 5.0
McRae Men's Coyote Suede Nylon Military BootsN/A
Bates Men's Cobra Jungle Coyote Jungle Boot3.8 / 5.0
Danner 55311 Men's Tanicus 8 Boots3.8 / 5.0
Belleville TR550 Khyber II Mountain Hybrid Boo4.0 / 5.0
Rocky C5C Commercial Military Boot4.0 / 5.0
Smith and Wesson Breach 2.0 Side-Zip Boots4.5 / 5.0
Rocky Men's C4T Work Boot4.0 / 5.0
5.11 ATAC 6 inch Tactical Boot4.2 / 5.0
5.11 Men's Taclite 6 Coyote Tactical Boot4.5 / 5.0
Voodoo Tactical 04-9680 Low Cut 6-Inch Boot3.8 / 5.0
Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS Tactical Boots4.3 / 5.0
Corcoran Men's Field Work Boot4.4 / 5.0
Reebok Duty Men's ZigKick RB8630 6 Boot4.1 / 5.0
Ryno Gear Tactical Combat Boots4.5 / .50
Reebok Work Duty Men's RB RB8695 6 Boot4.1 / 5.0
Rothco 8 Desert Tan Sierra Sole Boot3.8 / 5.0
Arider Bull-01 Ankle Low-Top Causal Boots3.8 / 5.0
Magnum Men's Stealth Force 8.0 Composite Toe Boot4.2 / 5.0
Stansport Jungle Boots3.3. / 5.0
Ameritac Men's Side Zip Combat Outdoor Boots4.2 / 5.0

Light or heavy ones?

Many buyers fall for the trap of buying combat boots with many features that they don’t end up using. Worse, some features add to the weight of the boots and can slow you down.

The first question you should ask yourself before buying a pair of boots is “for what purpose(s) am I going to use these boots?”

Let’s assume you go hiking often. You always liked the idea of having a steel toe and high cut boot because it looks and feels “cool.”

However, the truth is that after a few miles (especially if the boots you're wearing are made out of genuine leather) your boots are going to slow you down.

Ideally, you should use light ones for outdoor activities that include a lot of movement and opt for heavier ones only if you must protect your feet.

If you’re working on a construction site, for instance, your best bet is heavier boots. Then the investment of the steel toe/high cut will be well worth it.

There are no specific weight parameters for AR 670-1 compliant boots. With that said, materials play a significant role in the weight of a boot, and that’s what factor we shall take a look at next.

What material should my boots be?

It depends, again, on how you are going to use the boots—as well as your budget.

If you need a waterproof pair of boots that will last for a long time, you should invest in a pair made from leather and that which also features rubber soles. However, this choice comes at a price, as genuine leather boots are significantly more expensive and heavier than a nylon or textile blend.

If a lighter pair of boots suits your needs and budget better, you shouldn’t be afraid of opting for the synthetic leather, nylon, or a combination of the two.

In order for a pair of boots to be AR 670-1 compliant, they must be made out of genuine cow leather.

Toe style

Many buyers believe that legitimate combat boots require a steel toe, but this is simply untrue, as some buyers don’t necessarily need a steel toe.

Sure, a steel toe boot is going to prevent certain injuries that can result from kicking something or dropping a heavy object on your foot.

A soft toe won’t offer much protection in that department, but it all depends in what environment you will be wearing your boots.

Are you likely to get injured? If not, you should save yourself from the burden of heavier boots, as a steel toe will be adding more weight. Additionally, it is not a wise decision to wear it in the winter either due to heat conduction.

Take into consideration the nature of your job as well. If you walk in and out of metal detectors at your job daily, a steel toe might not be the right toe style for you.

Both a steel and a soft toe are acceptable according to the AR 670-1 guidelines.

The height of the boot

Why is the height of the boot important?

In short, it determines the amount of ankle support you get from your boots.

Depending on your weight and the type of physical activities you engage in on a daily basis, a boot that covers your ankle and continues a little above should give you plenty of support.

However, if you’re likely to find yourself walking in the woods, possibly encountering a swamp or two, you should probably aim for a higher boot.

A higher boot adds even more protection and prevents you from rolling your ankles, but if your activities don’t involve intensive movements, you may wish to go with a lower ankle boot, which is easier to slip on and remove, and is often lighter as well.

In order to be AR 670-1 compliant, a pair of boots must be 8 inches in height.

How to pick your boots based on where you wear them

I can’t stress how important this step is when deciding between boots. You should never have to make the same mistakes I did.

Imagine yourself in a swamp with a pair of combat boots that aren’t waterproof. A boot that doesn’t address the unpleasant combination of heat and humidity can make you uncomfortable and less effective at your job.

So what boots you should choose in this situation?

It’s simple: Look at the features. Your ideal boots in this case will have to be waterproof and made out of a material that breathes very well.

What if you are hiking and running around?

Then your boots don’t need to be necessarily waterproof. Instead, they need to be comfortable and lightweight, which means they will probably be constructed from a combination of synthetic leather and nylon.

What if you are a security guard that stays on his feet all day long?

In this case, your top priority should be a high boot made of a comfortable, light material.

If you work in a dry, hot environment, you will benefit from choosing a somewhat light boot that is made out of a breathable material. The last thing you need is a leather boot that will make your feet swim in their own sweat.

Your best option is a boot made of light leather and textiles with ventilation. Waterproofing is much less important in this case.

Are you in the search of Army Authorized Boots?

If you are, there are a few features you should look for:

  • The boots must be made out of genuine leather, the upper side cannot be made out of synthetic leather, or pig leather. The only types of leather accepted are cow/cattle hide leather.
  • ​The sole must be the same color as the boot.
  • ​The outsole must be made out of rubber or polyesther polyurethane.
  • ​The height of the soles must be 2” or less.
  • ​The sole shouldn’t curl around the toe or up to the heel.
  • ​The upper part must be made out of leather or a combination of leather and non-mesh.
  • The boot must be 8 inches tall in order to be AR 670-1 compliant.

Now, let’s move now to my top 25 combat boots in 2017, both army authorized and unauthorized.

Top 10 Army Approved Combat Boots

 1.  Rocky Men's S2V Tactical Military Leather Work Boots

Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather
  • ​Flash- and water-resistant leather
  • ​Height 8 inches
  • Rocky Air-Port cushion footbed

Review

Even though these combat boots are a bit on the expensive side, they are well worth the money.

The combination of Flash and water resistant leather makes it perfect for humid environments since the SV technology helps air circulate in and keeps the water out.

They are designed to keep your feet comfortable while walking on rough terrain and carrying heavy weights, and the height of the boot falls within the Army Approved guidelines.

The only downside to them is that they can be a little heavy, but they compensate with their sturdiness.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • ​Comfortable
  • ​Breathable
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • A little bit heavy

 2.  Garmont T8 Extreme Tactical Boot - Desert Sand

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

Features

  • Canvas
  • ​Vibram sole
  • ​Shock reduction
  • ​Excellent ventilation and quick-dry materials
  • ​3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation is thin, warm and lightweight
  • Height 8 inches

Review

If you always wanted to invest in a pair of combat boots that are high-quality but didn’t know where to start, you should take a look at the ones authorized by the Army.

The way these boots behave in various environments is quite impressive.

They are quite good when it comes to shock reduction, and they are light despite being durable. Usually the lightweight boots don’t last for long, but these are an exception.

Another feature I like about this pair of combat boots is how stable it keeps my ankles without grasping them too tightly.

Even though it's essentially a flawless product, I think it could use a steel toe or a composite one for protection.

Pros

  • Lightweight yet durable
  • ​They keep the ankles stable
  • ​Performs well both in dry and humid environments
  • ​Water resistant
  • Breathable

Cons

  • It could probably use a steel toe

 3.  Belleville One Xero Ultra Light Assault Boot

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather
  • ​Vibram sole
  • ​Shaft measures approximately Mid Calf" from arch
  • ​One of the lightest Berry Compliant boots in the market
  • ​Weighs approximately 20 ounces per half pair
  • ​UL235 ULTRA-LITE polyurethane midsole
  • ​Flesh-out suede leather & nylon fabric upper
  • ​Polyurethane removable insert
  • Height 8 inches

Review

Another favorite of mine, as it offers the best from both worlds.

These boots combine light construction with durability. This pair is perfect for field marches or carrying heavy loads on rough terrain.

Both water resistant and breathable, these boots are designed to endure a variety of extreme conditions. Additionally, they are Army approved and often used by soldiers for missions.

Even though these boots are made from leather, they don’t make you sweat nor do they slow you down.

There really are no downsides to these boots. The only improvement I could suggest is some toe protection, but not everyone needs that.

Pros

  • Ultra light yet sturdy
  • ​Water resistant
  • ​Breathable
  • ​Behaves well in a variety of situations
  • Does well if you are carrying extra weights

Cons

  • It could use some toe protection

 4.  Rocky Men's 8'' Enhanced Snakeproof Jungle Cordura Professional Boots

Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

Features

  • ASTM F2413 puncture resistant standards
  • ​GSA-approved item, speed lace eyelets and NATO hooks
  • ​Advanced S2V Sieve technology circulates air in and water out
  • ​Height 8 inches
  • Treated for flame resistance

Review

These combat boots are really impressive. Did you know that a snake could bite your feet but you wouldn’t feel it because this pair of boots has a snake guard in the toe box?

I haven’t finished.

The puncture-resistant boot will also protect you from sharp items while providing stability for your ankles.

You might be assuming by now that these boots must be really heavy, but you would be wrong!

They are light and comfortable. Not only that, but they wick the sweat away from your foot. Also, they features an Air-Port Cushion Footbed to help air move through the boot while you walk.

The only downside to these boots is that the design is not so great. But when you are outside fighting the powers of nature, who cares about design?

Pros

  • Light and comfortable
  • ​It protects you from shark items
  • ​Has a safeguard against snake bites
  • ​Breathable
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • The design could be improved

 5.  Oakley Men's Light Assault 2 Boots

Rating: 4.3 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather
  • ​Build with mobility in mind
  • ​Shock absorption midsole
  • ​Lightweight Condura
  • ​Self-cleaning sole
  • ​Finished with rugged nylon laces that stand up to rough wear
  • Height 8 inches

Review

Even though these boots are made out of leather, they were designed with mobility in mind.

They are quite comfortable and light yet sturdy.

The Eva midsole is quite light, but it will keep your feet protected while the nylon laces will make sure friction is regulated.

An interesting feature is the self-cleaning sole. The unique tread pattern expels dirt and mud as the boot flexes.

The shock absorption feature makes sure you can walk through rough terrain as well.

The only downside is the fact that the ankle support is not that great since the boots are so light.

Pros

  • Lightweight yet durable
  • ​Shock absorption
  • ​Has a tread pattern that expels dirt
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • The ankle support could be better

 6.  McRae Men's Coyote Suede/Nylon Terassault Freedom Military Boots

Rating: N/A

Features

  • Suede
  • ​Genuine cowhide suede and 1000 denier nylon upper
  • ​Vibram Multi-Sport Rubber Outsole
  • ​Antimicrobial Agion treated lining reduces risk of fungus and helps eliminate odor
  • Height 8 inches

Review

If you’re going to work in a hot conditions and in a rugged terrain, you should give these boots a try.

These boots are treated with an Antimicrobial that fights body body odor, while the cushioning protects your feet from shocks.

They are light and comfortable and even have a tendon relief dip.

The materials are breathable thanks to the medial side arch air vents.

There is really no downside to them if you are going to use them into a dry environment, but they can’t be used in a humid climate because they aren’t designed to fight water.

Pros

  • Fights odor
  • ​Breathable
  • ​Shock protection
  • Perfect for dry and hot environment

Cons

  • They aren’t designed to fight water

 7.  Bates Men's Cobra Jungle Coyote Tactical Jungle Boot

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0

Features

  • Height 8 inches
  • ​Abrasion resistant
  • ​Anti-Fatigue Endurance Performance System
  • ​Nylon ankle reinforcement
  • ​Padded collar
  • Rubber outsole

Review

Another pair of boots designed for soldiers that are always on the road.

They are very comfortable even in the roughest situations, the Anti-Fatigue Endurance performance does it’s job well, it protected me from blisters quite well.

The boots kept my ankles from rolling too and the slip resistant sole was is a lifesaver in humid environments.

If you are working on a rough terrain with a hot climate this pair of boots could benefit you.

The only downside to them is the fact that it doesn’t have any protection for the toes other than a strong rubber outsole.

Pros

  • Slip resistant
  • ​Strong ankle support
  • ​Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not much protection for the toes

 8.  Danner 55311 Men's Tanicus 8" Boots

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather
  • ​Waterproof liner
  • ​An added layer of cushioning in the midsole
  • Height 8 inches

Review

This is the perfect choice if you live in a dry environment with some rough terrain.

The added layer of cushioning in the midsole makes these boots comfortable, and the waterproof liner helps you deal with a little bit of humidity.

Even though it is not as light as I expected, it surely compensates with its sturdiness thanks to the leather.

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • ​Comfortable
  • It can deal with a certain degree of humidity

Cons

  • A bit heavy

 9.  Belleville Tactical Research TR550 Khyber II Mountain Hybrid Boot, Coyote Brown

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather with Vibram sole
  • ​Load bearing insole
  • ​Deeply serrated heel and toe overlays
  • Height 8 inches

Review

These boots are army approved and are designed to keep you safe even on a rough terrain.

Even though I was a bit unsure they would fit me after reading the reviews, when I tried them on they fit me like a glove.

These boots are heavy yet sturdy due to the leather. I think they were a good companion in the cold weather.

They perform best in dry yet cold environments.

Pros

  • They protect your feet on a rough terrain
  • ​Sturdy
  • They keep you warm

Cons

  • They can’t be used in humid environments

It has a side zipper, which makes it easier to put the boots on and take them off, and the sole is designed to protect you from shocks.

Pros

  • Breathable materials
  • ​A great low budget option
  • ​The materials dry fast
  • The sole is designed to protect you from shocks

Cons

  • It’s only water resistant not waterproof

10. Rocky C5C Commercial Military Boot

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Features

  • Made from leather and textile
  • ​Synthetic sole
  • ​Speedlace eyelets
  • ​Moisture wicking interior
  • Height 8 inches

Review

Even though these combat boots are a bit on the expensive side, they are well worth the money.

The combination of leather and textile makes them both sturdy and breathable.

They are designed for a desert environment, and these boots are also spectacularly comfortable thanks to the moisture wicking interior.

The only downside to these boots is that the sole doesn’t offer protection against rough terrain.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • ​Comfortable
  • ​Breathable
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • The sole is not designed for a rough terrain

Top 15 Army Unauthorized Boots

 1.  Smith & Wesson Breach 2.0 Men's Tactical Side-Zip Boots

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Features

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
  • ​Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ​Leather and nylon
  • ​Comfortable and lightweight with a steel shank
  • ​Slip resistance thanks to the rubber outsole
  • ​PU Collar
  • ​Side zip
  • Foam-padded collar and tongue

Review

They are very comfortable and light. The size of the zipper makes it easier to put on and take off.

The foam padded collar and tongue offers some protection in case you drop something lighter on your toe or if you hit some rocks by mistake.

I wouldn’t recommend these if you’re planning to buy a pair of boots that you will wear in very humid areas, or if you plan to walk through a swamp.

The boots are water resistant but not waterproof.

What really amazed me about this pair of boots is how durable the zipper is. I always have a problem with zippers and I am usually afraid to buy something with a zipper. However, this zipper is top of the line.

These boots are light, comfortable, have strong ankle support due to the height, and feature medium protection due to the foam padded collar and tongue.

They are perfect for hiking in a desert environment.

The combination of leather and nylon also gives these boots more breathability. For those of you in hot, humid weather, your feet will thank you for choosing a lighter material.

Pros

  • Medium protection due to foam padded collar and tongue
  • ​Perfect for dry and hot environments
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​Finally, a zipper that lasts
  • ​Breathable material
  • Good quality for the price

Cons

  • They aren’t waterproof

 2.  Rocky Men's C4T Work Boot

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Features

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
  • ​Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ​Synthetic sole
  • ​Textile
  • ​Dual performance material upper, polishable toe section
  • ​Water-resistant and fast drying materials
  • Ventilation holes on outer sides promote breathability

Review

The textile material makes this pair of boots a light choice and contribute to quite an interesting feature: quieter footsteps.

Another feature that I really like are the vents on both sides of the boot. I no longer need to bathe my toes in talcum powder.

Perfect for dry environments since it’s water resistant. However, I would not recommend stepping into mud or water wearing these.

In order to get these boots to work with you and not against you, you have to adjust each set of lace holes independently since there is no padding inside them.

The only downside of it is that the textile material doesn’t make as sturdy, but it does increase the breathability.

It should be only used for safe activities, since the boots don’t have any protection for the toes.

Pros

  • Excellent performance in dry and hot environments
  • ​The ventilation holes and the textile material promote breathability
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​Quieter footsteps
  • Good quality for the price

Cons

  • The textile material makes the boots less sturdy
  • ​No padded interior
  • It doesn’t have any protection for the toes

 3.  5.11 ATAC 6 inch Tactical Boot

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

Features

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • ​Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • ​Leather
  • ​Synthetic sole
  • ​Antibacterial, moisture-wicking lining
  • Oil & slip-resistant, quiet outsole

Review

These boots are probably among the best you can find at this price.

How did I draw this conclusion?

Because they’re long lasting. The combination of the leather and the synthetic sole makes it more sturdy.

It performs at its best when it’s used for light activities, as the boots are quite heavy.

It can be used in humid areas since it’s water resistant, but you shouldn’t take it in a swamp with you because it isn’t waterproof.

It’s easy to put on and take off, but on the flip side the low ankle cut doesn’t offer much support.

The quiet outsole makes it a great pair of boots for work, especially if you are working in quiet environments.

Pros

  • Quiet outsole
  • ​Long lasting
  • Water resistant

Cons

  • Heavy
  • The low cut doesn’t offer much ankle support

 4.  5.11 Men's Taclite 6" Coyote Tactical Boot

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather and textile
  • ​Synthetic sole
  • ​Shaft measures approximately 5 from arch
  • ​Boot opening measures approximately 8 around
  • ​Excels in hot and humid climates
  • Moisture wicking, anti-bacterial

Review

The 6" Taclite Coyote Boot combines a rugged and dependable 1200D Cordura nylon body with tan suede uppers and breathable air mesh panels for superior breathability and lightweight performance in arid or tropical climates.

Integrated side vents and a moisture wicking, anti bacterial lining promote air flow and manage heat, keeping your feet cool and dry in any environment.

Perforated EVA foam padding at the ankle collar and tongue provide support and comfort without adding bulk, and an OrthoLite sockliner provides an additional layer of cushioning to mitigate shock over rough terrain.

An oil and slip resistant, no squeak outsole ensures traction and stealth, while a fast rope tread gives you an edge during fast roping maneuvers.

With our 5.11 Zonal Lacing System supported by our Lace Station and stay tied sausage laces, the Taclite Coyote Boot offers a customized and stable fit that stays secure all day long.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • ​Offers great ankle support
  • ​Perfect for both humid and dry enviroments
  • Slip resistant

Cons

  • A bit pricey since it’s not made from genuine leather

 5.  Voodoo Tactical 04-9680 Low Cut 6-Inch Desert Tan Boot

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0

Features

  • Rubber sole
  • ​Leather and nylon construction
  • ​Moisture-wicking lining
  • Slip-resistant DuraGrip soles

Review

These combat boots are made for arid and hot environments. They are sturdy yet feel lightweight.

The leather and nylon combination increases the breathability and the moisture-wicking lining makes sure your feet will feel comfortable in hot weather.

The only downside to these boots is that they can only be used in dry environments.

They aren’t waterproof, nor do they offer protection for the toes.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • ​Slip resistant outsole
  • Sweat friendly

Cons

  • No protection for the toe
  • They aren’t waterproof

 6.  Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS Tactical Boots

Rating: 4.3 / 5.0

Features

  • Synthetic and textile construction
  • ​Abrasion-resistant film around the perimeter of the foot
  • ​Lightweight TPU shank for midfoot support & the right amount of rigidity
  • Rubber sole

Review

What I like the most about this pair of boots is how comfortable they are. They are so light that they feel like running shoes!

This pair is perfect for biking and hiking since it’s made out of synthetic and textile materials that ensure breathability.

The lightweight TPU shank support does it job. It supports the midfoot without putting much strain on it.

This pair of combat boots is perfect for dry and hot environments.

The only downside is the fact that since it doesn’t contain any leather; therefore, it shouldn’t be used in humid areas. Furthermore, it doesn’t offer any protection against injuries.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • ​Made out of breathable materials
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Not as sturdy as a pair of leather boots

 7.  Corcoran Men's Field Work Boot

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather
  • ​Vibram sole
  • ​Odor control insert
  • ​High speed lace system
  • ​Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Review

This company made genuine leather boots for the soldiers back in WWII, so I had to try them.

First, they aren’t quiet. When you walk, the sole hits the ground and makes a noise at every step.

Second, they aren’t lightweight, but they are quite sturdy.

I really liked the odor control insert, especially since the full leather construction doesn’t leave much room for your feet to breathe.

They are also water resistant, and you can get by when working in the snow or when its raining outside.

These combat boots are designed for cold weather. The only downside to them is that even though they are waterproof, I cannot promise that walking through a creek with these on will prevent you from getting wet. They aren’t waterproof.

Pros

  • Long lasting
  • ​Odor control feature
  • They keep your feet warm in cold weather

Cons

  • They aren’t waterproof

 8.  Reebok Duty Men's ZigKick Tactical RB8630 6" Waterproof Boot

Rating: 4.1 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather
  • ​TPU heel stabilizer in the midsole and a slip-resistant rubber bottom
  • ​Rubber sole
  • Side zip
  • Slip, oil-resistant rubber outsole

Review

You don’t want to go hiking without a pair of boots like this.

It has a TPU heel stabilizer in the midsole and a slip-resistant rubber bottom that keeps you on your feet no matter how rough the terrain this.

The leather makes it sturdy and the side zip makes it easy to put on and take off.

This pair of boots is designed for both hot enviroments and humid ones.

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • ​Keeps the water away
  • It has shock absorbing properties

Cons

  • It doesn’t offer much ankle support

 9.  Ryno Gear Tactical Combat Boots

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Features

  • Made from a combination of leather and nylon
  • ​Breathable mesh lining
  • ​Slip-resistant rubber outsole
  • ​Water resistant inner lining
  • Removable shock absorbent insoles

Review

This low ankle cut is another great alternative for those who are on budget.

It’s made out of a combination of leather and nylon. Even though it’s not as sturdy as a pair of boots made completely out of leather, it stills lasts long enough to pay off.

If you are working on slippery floors and you need to move around a lot, this could be the perfect choice for you.

It also has a water resistant inner lining (not waterproof), which means you can get away with a little bit of humidity.

It’s also light and the shock absorbent insoles keep the pressure off your toes.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​Quite inexpensive
  • It protects you from shocks

Cons

Not very sturdy

10. Reebok Work Duty Men's Rapid Response RB RB8695 6" Tactical Boot

Rating: 4.1 / 5.0

Features

  • Made of leather and textile materials
  • ​Non-safety toe
  • ​Rubber sole
  • 100% non metalic

Review

A light, comfortable pair of boots that are perfect for running and engaging in other outdoor activities that require intense movements.

The materials are breathable and since it doesn’t have a steel toe attached you won’t have any issues with metal detectors.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​Repels water
  • Breathable materials

Cons

  • The sole doesn’t offer much support

11. Rothco 8" Desert Tan Sierra Sole Boot

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0

Features

  • Nylon and suede leather construction
  • ​Removable cushion insole
  • ​Speedlace Eyelets
  • Padded collars

Review

Even though most combat boots that are designed for dry environments are at least water resistant, this one sure isn’t!

These can only be used in dry environments. Otherwise, it’s light, comfortable, and didn’t cause any hotspots or blisters.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • ​Lightweight
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • It can only be used in dry environments

12. Arider Bull-01 Mens Ankle Combat Army Low-Top Causal Boots

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0

Features

  • Synthetic construction
  • ​Low-Top lace up closure
  • ​Cushioned footbed
  • ​Flat Heel
  • Durable Rubber outsole

Review

The elegant leather look makes it a great fit not only for outdoor activities but for work as well.

The flat heel is disadvantageous if you are looking to use these on a flat terrain. Otherwise, they feel quite comfortable due to the cushioned footbed.

As the name implies, they are indeed meant for casual wear.

Pros

  • Elegant look
  • ​Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • It’s not design for a rough terrain

13. Magnum Men's Stealth Force 8.0 Side Zip Composite Toe Boot

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather/Nylon
  • ​Rubber sole
  • ​Waterproof
  • ​Ykk circular zipper
  • Agion anti-microbial

Review

These combat boots are made to be worn on rough, humid terrains.

The circular zipper makes it easier to put the boots on, and the combination of leather and nylon makes it a lightweight choice, despite having a composite toe.

They are also waterproof, which is good news for some of us who live in humid areas.

I would only improve one thing: make it completely out of leather to increase its sturdiness.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • ​They can handle rough terrains
  • ​The composite toe keeps your toes protected
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • They aren’t so sturdy

14. Stansport Jungle Boots

Rating: 3.3 / 5.0

Features

  • Leather and nylon
  • ​Ventilation Panels
  • ​Leather insole
  • Rubber lug outsole

Review

This pair of boots is designed to bring the best out of humid environments.

While the leather makes it look good, the nylon makes sure that you won’t sweat too hard in them.

The boots are constructed to be moisture friendly.

The insole is made out of leather, so these boots are made from only light materials.

Pros

  • Moisture friendly
  • ​Breathable
  • ​Light
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Not so sturdy

15. Ameritac Men's Side Zip Suede Leather Combat Outdoor Desert Tan Boots, 9-Inch

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

Features

  • Suede Leather with Nylon panel construction
  • ​Water resistant and fast drying
  • ​EVA midsole
  • ​Heavy-duty chiseled sole for protection and stability
  • ​Gusseted tongue
  • Side zip with velcro closing

This is a low budget option that didn’t disappoint me. I didn’t expected much for something priced just a bit over $30.

It can be used both in a humid environment and a hot one because the materials are made to dry fast and are breathable, too.

My Top 5 Best Combat Boots in 2017

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Benefits

Product

Both dry and humid enviroments

  • ​Waterproof
  • ​Comfortable
  • ​Breathable
  • Sturdy

Dry and humid environments

  • Ultra light yet sturdy
  • ​Water resistant
  • ​Breathable
  • ​Behaves well in a variety of situations
  • Does well if you are carrying extra weights

Rough terrain in a humid environment

  • Light and comfortable
  • ​It protects you from shark items
  • ​Has a safeguard against snake bites
  • ​Breathable
  • Sturdy

Dry environment

  • Lightweight yet durable
  • ​Shock absorption
  • ​Has a tread pattern that expels dirt
  • Comfortable

Desert environments

  • Lightweight yet durable
  • ​They keep the ankles stable
  • ​Performs well both in dry andhumid environments
  • ​Water resistant
  • Breathable

This is my personal list of 15 best Combat Boots in 2017.

I hope you enjoyed reading. I reviewed both Army Authorized and unauthorized, but only the Army Authorized boots were featured in my top 5.

There is no unanimous number one choice because the “best” boot depends on your personal environment and needs. You can choose your own number one by weighing the price and features of each boot.


Additional resources:

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 Our Basic Training step-by-step Guide

 Our quick guide to best lightweight tactical boot

 Looking for a broad list of authorized boots? No problem, check out this resource: here

 Additionally, here is a list of unauthorized boots: list of unauthorized army combat boots. We also have a list of a side-by-side comparison of boots here