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 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
Tactical Research Transition Boots TR111 (Desert Tan)4.2
danner tachyon tanDanner Tachyon Lightweight Military Boot (Desert Tan) 4.2wide-orange
Danner Womens Tanicus Army Compliant Boot (Desert Tan)5
Tactical Research TR313 Flyweight (Desert Tan)
Belleville 310 Hot Weather Tactical Boot (Desert Tan)4.2
Garmont T8 NFS Lightweight Boot (Desert Tan)4.4
Garmont T8 BIFIDA Boots (Desert Tan)4.4
Garmont T8 Extreme Boots (Desert Tan)4.4
Tactical Research MiniMil Ultra Light Minimilist TR101 4.2
Danner TFX G3 Military Boot (Desert Tan)4.1
McRae Hot Weather Boots with Panama Sole 41894.8
Rocky S2V Jungle Military Boots RKYC002 (Desert Tan)3.9
Belleville 310ST Hot Weather Steel Toe Tactical Boot 4
Danner Rivot TFX Women's Hot Military Boot (Desert Tan)4
Belleville 390DES Army Boots (Desert Tan)4.3
Belleville 790ST Waterproof Goretex Steel Toe Boot (Tan)4.6
Corcoran Fleshout Tanker Boots 10 Inch (Desert Tan)
Corcoran Men's 8 inch Hot Weather Broad Toe Combat Boot 4.6
Belleville 795 200g Insulated Waterproof Boots (Tan)4.8
Belleville 330 Desert Hot Weather Safety Toe Flight Boot (Tan)4.5
Reebok Stealth Composite Toe Boot RB8893 (Desert Tan)4
Danner Women's TFX Rough Out GoreTex Military Boots4.5
Danner Men's Desert Tfx Rough Out Tan GTX Military BootDanner Rough-Out TFX GoreTex Military Boots 26016 (Desert Tan)4.6
Belleville One Xero 320 Desert Tan Ultra Light Assault Boot4.7
Blackhawk Men's Warrior Wear Desert Ops BootsBlackhawk Warrior Wear DesertOps Boots (Desert Tan)4.4wide-orange
Rocky Men's 8 Inch S2V Desert Tan Army Boots4.3
Bates Men's M-8 Military BootBates M-8 Tactical Boot E01450 (Desert Tan) 4.4wide-orange
Five Ten Men's Valor Boot (Desert Tan)4.5
Bates Men's Usmc Garrison 8" Lightweight Boot4.2

“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 cattlehide 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 nonmesh 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/cattlehide 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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Stop reading between the lines of AR 670-1, and take a moment to review our list of Authorized Army Boots.