If all the buzz on AR 670-1 has you confused about your own boots, you’re not alone. Everyone seems to be worried they’re wearing banned boots, but nobody seems to be able to spell out what makes an authorized boot…until now, that is. Here is everything you need to know about authorized boots for army wear.

We’ve got it all spelled out for you, boot by boot.

List of Authorized Army Combat Boots

While this army approved boots list isn’t all-inclusive, it will help you to make smart, boot buying decisions.

ImageAuthorized BootsReviewAvailable From
Nike SFB Field AR670-1 Compliant Army Tactical Boot (Desert Tan)Nike SFB Field Army Tactical Boot 4.0 / 5.0
Tactical Research Transition Boots TR111 (Desert Tan)4.2 / 5.0
Danner Tachyon AR670-1 Compliant 8 Inch Boots (Coyote)4.3 / 5.0
Tactical Research TR313 Flyweight (Desert Tan)
4.0 / 5.0
Belleville 310 Hot Weather Tactical Boot (Desert Tan)4.2 / 5.0
Garmont T8 NFS Lightweight Boot4.0 / 5.0
Garmont T8 BIFIDA Boots (Desert Tan)4.4 / 5.0
Garmont T8 Extreme Boots (Desert Tan)4.4 / 5.0
Danner TFX G3 Military Boot (Desert Tan)4.1 / 5.0
McRae Hot Weather Boots with Panama Sole 41894.8 / 5.0
Belleville 310ST Hot Weather Steel Toe Tactical Boot 4.0 / 5.0
Belleville 390DES Army Boots (Desert Tan)4.3 / 5.0
Belleville 790ST Waterproof Goretex Steel Toe Boot (Tan)4.6 / 5.0
Corcoran Fleshout Tanker Boots 10 Inch (Desert Tan)
4.0 / 5.0
Corcoran Men's 8 inch Hot Weather Broad Toe Combat Boot 4.6 / 5.0
Belleville 795 200g Insulated Waterproof Boots (Tan)4.8 / 5.0
Belleville 330 Desert Hot Weather Safety Toe Flight Boot (Tan)4.5 / 5.0
Reebok Stealth Composite Toe Boot RB8893 (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Danner Women's TFX Rough Out GoreTex Military Boots4.5 / 5.0
Danner Men's Desert Tfx Rough Out Tan GTX Military BootDanner Rough-Out TFX GoreTex Military Boots 26016 (Desert Tan)4.6 / 5.0
Belleville One Xero 320 Desert Tan Ultra Light Assault Boot4.7 / 5.0
Blackhawk Warrior Wear DesertOps Boots (Desert Tan)4.6 / 5.0
Rocky Men's 8 Inch S2V Desert Tan Army Boots4.3 / 5.0
Bates M-8 Tactical Boot E01450 (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Bates Men's Usmc Garrison 8" Lightweight Boot4.2 / 5.0
Garmont T8 BIFIDA AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.7 / 5.0
Bates Ranger Hot Weather AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.0 / 5.0
Under Armour FNP AR 670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.0 / 5.0
Reebok Spearhead Boots AR670-1 Compliant (Coyote) RB88554.0 / 5.0
Reebok Dauntless AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote) RB88224.0 / 5.0
Bates 8 Inch Cobra AR670-1 Compliant Jungle Boots (Coyote)4.0 / 5.0
Belleville Mini-Mil Minimalist Combat Boots (Coyote) TR1054.0 / 5.0
Rocky S2V Special Ops Boots AR670-1 Compliant (Coyote) RKC0504.3 / 5.0
Reebok Hyper Velocity 8 Inch AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote) RB82814.5 / 5.0
Tactical Research Hot Weather AR670-1 Compliant Transition Boots (Coyote)4.2 / 5.0
Tactical Research Flyweight AR 670-1 Compliant Army Boots (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Danner Tanicus AR670-1 Compliant Military Combat Boots (Coyote)4.0 / 5.0
Tactical Research Khyber II AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote) TR5504.2 / 5.0
Tactical Research Flyweight II AR670-1 Compliant Boots TR513 (Coyote)N/A
Nike SFB Field 8 inch Leather AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)N/A
Propper Series 100 8 Inch AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.6 / 5.0
Reebok Dauntless 8 Inch Army Boots RB8820 (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Tactical Research Khyber AR 670-1 Compliant Army Boots (Desert Tan)4.3 / 5.0
Belleville Hot Weather Combat Boots AR670-1 Compliant (Coyote) C3904.0 / 5.0
Belleville 300DESST Hot Weather Steel Toe Boots (Desert Tan)4.5 / 5.0
Bates Ranger II Hot Weather AR670-1 Compliant Composite Toe Boots (Coyote)4.0 / 5.0
Belleville Sabre Hot Weather Hybrid Assault AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote) 5335.0 / 5.0
Corcoran Tanker 10 Inch AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)N/A
Belleville Sabre Hot Weather Hybrid Assault Boots AR670-1 Compliant (Coyote) C3334.4 / 5.0
Garmont T8 Extreme Boots (Coyote)4.4 / 5.0
Tactical Research Guardian Desert Lightweight Composite Toe Boots TR336CT (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Rocky S2V Army Composite Toe Boots AR670-1 Compliant (Desert Tan)5.0 / 5.0
Under Armour Jungle Rat AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.0 / 5.0
Propper Series 100 8 Inch AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Desert Tan)4.6 / 5.0
Blackhawk Desert Ops AR 670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)N/A
Belleville 8 Inch Waterproof AR670-1 Compliant Flight and Combat Boots (Coyote) C7904.0 / 5.0
Timberland PRO Valor 8 Inch AR 670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.9 / 5.0
Danner Tanicus 8 Inch Waterproof AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote) 553174.0 / 5.0
Tactical Research QRF Hot Weather AR670-1 Compliant Assault Boots (Coyote)5.0 / 5.0
Belleville 790 Waterproof Combat and Flight Boots (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Belleville 340 Hot Weather Desert Flight & Combat Vehicle Boots (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
Altama Foxhound SR 8 Inch AR670-1 Boots (Coyote) 3658034.0 / 5.0
Belleville 340DES ST Steel Toe Flight Boots (Desert Tan)4.0 / 5.0
McRae Hot Weather Boots Ripple Sole (Coyote) 8188N/A
Danner TFX G3 GTX 8 Inch AR670-1 Compliant Waterproof Boots (Coyote) 243234.0 / 5.0
Rocky S2V Enhanced 8 Inch AR 670-1 Jungle Boot (Coyote)4.7 / 5.0
Oakley SI Light Assault AR670-1 Compliant Boots (Coyote)4.3 / 5.0
Belleville One Xero Ultra Light Assault Boots AR670-1 Compliant (Coyote)4.1 / 5.0

“Boots Cost Money”

Remember the cadence? Boots do cost money…of course, you could save and just stick with the Army-issue combat boots. But as we all know, one size does not fit all. It’s essential that your boots fit correctly, and that’s a matter of finding the brand that makes a boot for your foot.

It’s actually true of any shoe: size 10 in one brand may not fit the same as a size 10 in another brand, some may be wider, or the toes might be a little roomier in one particular brand. You all know your favorite brand. Now it’s time to find out if it’s authorized or not.

If you find that your boots are not on the list of Authorized Boots below, don’t resort to issued boots if they don’t feel right. As a soldier, your boots are as important as any piece of gear…how your feet are doing will affect everything else. When you’re on your feet all day long, having good-fitting boots is worth every penny.

On the other hand, your boots might be just fine so you might not need to buy a new pair. How do you know? Nobody wants soldiers wasting their money, so we’re here to break it down for you…straight from the source.

What is DA Pam 670-1? What do the Updates Say About Authorized Boots?

In this case the source is a document called AR 670-1, which refers to a document called DA PAM 670-1. DA PAM 670-1 is where the real meat of the boots rule is drawn up, and it’s 303 pages long. They certainly don’t make it easy to comply! Now, the rules on boots in these two documents have been around for a long time…nothing has changed or been added as far as boots are concerned.

Yes, there’s been an update as of March 2014, but nothing in the update says anything about boots. It’s just that they’re choosing to enforce the boot rules now.

Some soldiers are finding out that a pair of boots they’ve been wearing for years are unauthorized. So guess what, the boots that carried you through actual combat may not be compliant with the regulation.

So…What Makes a Boot Authorized or Not?

Here’s the excerpt, straight from DA PAM 670-1, on boots:

“The boots must be between 8 to 10 inches in height and made of tan flesh-side out cattle hide leather, with a plain toe and a soling system matching the color of the tan upper materials. Rubber and polyether polyurethane are the only outsole materials that are authorized…. The exterior of the boot upper will not contain mesh but will be constructed of either all leather or a combination of leather and non-mesh fabric.”

List of AR 670-1 Requirements/Changes simplified for you by Authorized Boots

To tell if your boots are authorized or not, ask the following questions:

  1. Are they made of synthetic materials? If so, they’re out. The upper portion cannot be made of synthetic leather, synthetic suede, or “Wolverine Warrior Leather”…which is another term for pig leather. Your boots must be made of cow/cattle hide leather.
  2. Is the leather flesh side out? This means the inner lining of the leather is actually facing out. The flesh side is softer and it’s often called “suede leather“.
  3. Is the sole the same color as the boot? It should be.
  4. Is the outsole made of rubber or polyether polyurethane? Good.
  5. Is the height of the soles 2” or less.
  6. Does the sole curl around the toe or up the heel? Bad.
  7. Is the upper part leather or a combination of leather and non-mesh? Good. Anything else, then you need a new pair of boots.
  8. Is the boot 8 to 10 inches tall? Good. Otherwise, it’s out.

Additional resources:

We wrote reviews on similar lightweight boots:

– Our review of the Nike SFB Field Leather Boot is one of the most popular reviews on the boot on the web, here is the link: Nike SFB Field Leather Boot

Rocky C5C ar 670-1 Review

Rocky C4T vs. Nike SFB

Cheap Military Boots for Men Review

Top 15 Foot Care Tips

Our Basic Training Step-by-Step Guide

– Our quick guide to best lightweight tactical boot

– A list of authorized boots wouldn’t be right without a list of unauthorized boots to offer either, so here is ours: list of unauthorized army combat boots. we also have a list of a side-by-side comparison of boots here

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