list of authorized and unauthorized army boots

Last week we had some really good questions about boots that were outstanding combat boots but just weren’t authorized for wear. After talking to several soldiers we determined that AR 670-1 is clear but that some weren’t reading it and taking it to heart. This made us realize that we needed to write a few words on what is legal and what is not legal or authorized for wear in uniform. Here is our list of authorized and unauthorized army boots

List of Authorized and Unauthorized Army Boots

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AR 670-1 Boots Regulation

Here is a link to the AR 670-1:EXCERPT FROM DA PAM 670-1, PARAGRAPH 20-3

By reading the regulation you will gain a solid understanding of the requirements for boots set forth by the Army. This will do a few things for you. One, it will make you more knowledgeable and hopefully you will do it before making a purchase. Two, it will educate you so you can better guide the troops that you are responsible for before they make a decisions to buy “cool” but unauthorized boots. Before telling someone to “read the regulation” you should probably have done it yourself.

What can I wear?

AR 670-1 is a pretty straight forward document. With that said, let’s start with the good-to-go boots. These are the boots that are known to be authorized and meet the requirements set forth in the regulation. In other words, you are safe if you pick one of these boots. If you want more information on these boots check out our site for detailed reviews. If you don’t see a review of a boot you are looking for, let us know and well do our best to get you that information. Without further adieu, below are some boots that are authorized for wear in uniform.

What can’t I wear?

The boots shown above are all top notch boots in their own right. But we all know that there are boots out there that are completely awesome. These boots would probably get any mission accomplished that you ask of them once strapped on and worn into battle. Unfortunately regulations are written for a reason. Sometimes the regulation makes sense, sometimes it does not. Rest assured the Sergeant Major of the Army has done his homework and only wants the best equipment to be used by his soldiers. So instead of going on about these reasons we will simply tell you why they don’t meet the standard of the regulation. Below are those boots found to be unauthorized by AR 670-1.




Rocky C4T Boot

Another great boot. Along with its slip grip bottom and additional strike plate this boots screams for battle but it too is synthetic. It is suede so it’s hard to tell but trust me, it’s not authorized.

New Balance OTB

This boot is specifically designed for desert use and with its upgraded Panama sole and full composite shank it’s a keeper. But, once again, the synthetic suede monster has struck. Don’t get me wrong, synthetic suede is good stuff, it’s just not authorized.

Danner Tachyon

This boot is extremely light-weight yet a solid boot. Again, because it has a synthetic upper it too is not authorized for wear in uniform.

Bates Zero Mass Desert

A lot of people like Bates but in this case this boot is a no-go. This puppy is made of Wolverine Warrior Leather, AKA pig skin. That’s right, pig skin. That’s not authorized, sorry.

Bates GX-8 Desert Composite

Bates has proven to provide industry leading composite toed boots for years. With that said, this boots is also made of pig skin but the boot also sports a quick access zipper which is also against AR 670-1.

Under Armour Alegent

Super flexible boots! This boot is one of the cooler looking “Operator” style boots out there. Don’t be led astray though, this boot is synthetic and is not authorized.

Under Armour Valsetz

Sneaker boots. These boots also look as if they are worn by operators but they too are not authorized due to their synthetic shells as well the boot being too short. AR 670-1 requires boots to be no taller than 10 inches but no shorter that 8 inches. This boot is only 7 inches tall.

McRae Temperate Ultra Lightweight

This boot is a true light weight and would probably be great for ruck runs. Unfortunately it’s synthetic. You should be catching on by now (not authorized).

New Balance OTP Tactical Men's Bushmaster OTP Tactical Boot

These are cross between running shoes and hiking boots on steroids. I have never seen a soldier in these for long. This is one of the more unique looking tactical boots but its only 6 inches tall so that’s a big no-go.

6 Inch Ryno Gear Tactical Combat Boots

Another great boot but this one is also only 6 inches tall. To add to it, It also has a quick access zipper so that’s a double no-go.

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Closing thoughts

Whether you decide on a traditional boot or one that is more “operator” oriented, make sure you are buying a boot that meets the requirements of AR 670-1. Educate yourself before buying so that you can make a good decision that will save you money and embarrassment. When in doubt, “read the regulation”.

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