Boots for Police, Military & First Responders
A pair of sturdy boots are one of the most important components of your duty uniform. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first responder, on patrol or just enjoying an outdoor hike. At Galls, we carry a comprehensive selection of boots for first responders, law enforcement, military, EMS, firefighters, security personnel and outdoor enthusiasts.
With the various terrains, climates and surface hazards you face on a day-to-day basis, it’s important for you to wear the right boots to ensure your feet are protected and can withstand fatigue from long periods of standing. Here at Galls, we carry footwear options from some of the industry’s most trusted brands including 5.11 Tactical boots, Thorogood boots, Rocky boots, Merrell boots, Bates boots, Under Armour Boots and more.
Types of Boots
Before purchasing a pair of boots, it’s important to consider what type will best suit your needs and will be most suited for your profession or activity.
Duty Boots are a key piece to the police uniform. This type of boot is designed to protect your feet and provide the comfort you need for maximum performance on patrol. Most of these police boots have a height or shaft of 8 inches but can be found in different heights. This style of high-top footwear provides optimum ankle support so that you’re ready for any terrain or physical confrontation.
Galls has produced exclusive law enforcement boots including the Galls 8” High Gloss Duty Boot. With a padded collar for all-day comfort and a Texon stability platform for enhanced support, it’s one of the best duty boots you can find for the price today. The high-gloss PVC on these Galls boots can also be cleaned with minimal effort, cutting down prep time considerably.
The quarter boot is a lower rise boot that’s between 5 and 7 inches. It’s also known as a short boot, low rise boot, or even a mid-rise boot. This style has all the same great features as a higher cut boot but is lighter in weight thanks to its shorter height.
The LawPro 6” Dispatch 2.0 Side Zip Boot is a quarter boot that’s inspired by athletic footwear. These quarterboots are built with comfort and durability in mind. The outsole is designed with ladder grips for stability while also providing slip resistance that meets ASTM F489 standards. The Dispatch 2.0 series proves that you don’t need to pay a lot for comfort and quality.
Tactical Boots are designed to handle tough situations and extreme stress. They’re made from heavy-duty materials so that they can withstand and protect the feet of public safety professionals including law enforcement, the military, special operations forces, security and more. The outsoles and midsoles are sturdy enough for an improved environmental grip while navigating through potentially dangerous areas. They also enhance comfort for long periods of wear and are lightweight for ease of movement.
The Bates 8” Tactical Sport Zipper Boots are an excellent tactical footwear option for their agility and flexibility. These black tactical boots combine an athletic, lightweight design with performance-enhancing comfort features and heavy-duty construction so that they can take on the toughest terrain. The outsoles are slip-resistant and the boot itself is lined with a breathable PK mesh that wicks away moisture.
Just like tactical boots, military boots are designed to protect your feet while providing a reliable grip to help navigate through various terrains. There are many different styles of military boots including but not limited to combat boots, Army boots, Air Force boots, jungle boots, OCP boots, desert/hot weather boots, etc. Many of these have to meet certain uniform requirements and vary by branch and unit. The two main styles of military combat boots we carry are AR670-1 compliant boots and Berry compliant boots.
- Berry Compliant Boots: A boot that’s labeled “Berry Compliant” means that they’re 100% made in the USA - from the materials to the construction of the boot itself. This is a federal regulation that was passed during WWII (aka the Berry Amendment) and requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to procure goods made in the USA. This standard ensures that military products are of the highest quality.
- AR670-1 Compliant Boots: This is an Army-approved boot that follows Army Regulation 670-1. These requirements include:
- Tan or coyote in color
- 8 to 10 inches in height
- Made of tan or coyote flesh-side out cattle hide leather
- Plain toe
- Soles match the color of the tan or coyote upper materials
- Rubber and polyether polyurethane are the only outsole materials that are authorized
- Sole not to exceed 2 inches in height, when measured from the bottom of the outsole, and will not extend up the back of the heel or boot or over the top of the toe
- 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
Additionally, we also carry military-style boots. This style takes on the traditional appearance of uniform compliant boots without having to meet any uniform regulations.
Firefighter boots are designed to protect your feet from the hazardous conditions you face while fighting fires. The heat, smoke and wet flooring from the fire hoses can make it hard to maintain your footing. With our selection of fire boots, you’ll maintain traction, have heat/flame-resistant protection and have the flexible movement needed to get around. Many of our firefighting boots will also come with additional safety features such as cut/puncture resistance and corrosion resistance along with attachment strength on the laces, findings and fastenings.
Many firefighters turn to the Danner Wildland Tactical Firefighter Boots for their lightweight support and stringent NFPA standards. These wildland fire boots are built with fire-resistant, rough-out leather and a breathable mesh liner for protection. The durable Vibram® S587 Fire & Ice outsoles enable oil/slip-resistant traction over rugged and high-angle terrains. On top of that, these safety shoes are ASTM F2892-11 EH rated for electrical hazard protection.
If you need a pair of safety boots for work around the fire station, we also carry a wide selection of station boots. All of our station work boots meet some type of safety standard such as ASTM, NFPA, ANSI, SATRA, etc.
The types of boots EMTs and paramedics require must be able to withstand all weather conditions and protect against on-the-job hazards such as bloodborne pathogens and slippery surfaces. Most of our EMS boots feature some type of bloodborne pathogen-resistant or waterproof membrane with non-slip outsoles and a side zipper for easy donning and doffing.
Many EMTs/Paramedics prefer the 5.11 Tactical 8” ATAC 2.0 Shield Boots for their superior safety features in the most unforgiving environments. These EMT boots are designed with a waterproof/bloodborne pathogen-resistant membrane, an ASTM/CSA rated composite safety toe and ASTM/CSA rated puncture-resistant midsole board for critical protection. There’s an Achilles heel flex zone for better foot motion and side zip for easy on/off. Additionally, these composite toe boots are resistant to compression, cutting, abrasions and electrical discharge.
Hiking | Trail Boots
Hiking boots/ trail boots are designed to provide your feet with the protection and support needed to trek through various terrains and climates. Many of our hiking boots are mid-height and feature a waterproof membrane with some type of support system such as ankle support, lateral support, heel support, etc. A lot of our hiking shoes also have a lace-up system to lock your foot into place and come built on a strong gripping outsole for proper stability on numerous terrains.
Perfect for technical hikes, the Salomon Quest 4D GTX Forces 2 will provide you with the comfort and protection needed for tough descents. These hiker boots feature Contragrip technology and comfortably holds your foot in place when going downhill. The outsole is made from two different types of rubber with a patterned area to grip terrain more aggressively while the integrated Gore-Tex material keeps your feet dry from the inside and out.
Athletic | Training Boots
Athletic/training boots are designed for physical training and for wear out in the field. They’re typically made from lightweight materials for a faster response time and have more cushioning for better support. Many of our athletic boots and training boots are highly breathable, have moisture-wicking capabilities, and feature EVA midsoles for cushioned comfort.
The Bates Men’s Rush Mid Tactical Boot is built like a running shoe, but with the performance of a tactical boot. These athletic boots feature a lightweight, breathable upper for active cooling and a 4mm heel-to-toe drop to enhance reaction time. They’re also built on an athletic last with Strobel foam construction for shock absorption and rebound. On top of that, the rubber outsoles of these running boots have directional lugs for quick lateral movements.
Work boots are a type of specialized footwear that protects against certain on-the-job hazards. This could be protection against electrical hazards, slippery surfaces, hard impacts, compression, etc. There are different versions of these heavy duty boots including steel toe boots, composite toe boots, non-slip boots and more. Many of our work boots are designed to meet a variety of safety standards and regulations including ASTM, ISO, EN/ISO, etc.
The Redback USBBK Slip-On Steel Toe Boots are a favorite among many for their safety features and easy on/off design. These safety toe boots meet ASTM F2413-11 standards for electrical hazards, impacts and compression. The unique anatomic sole cradles your foot to reduce arch sagging and prevent foot strain/fatigue, plus related leg and back pain. Additionally, these slip-on work boots are Mark II Machine tested for slip resistance on oil, acid and water.
Waterproof boots are designed to keep your feet dry from wet conditions and are highly breathable so that sweat quickly evaporates. For a boot to be waterproof, it is typically lined a certain way to seal out the elements and is made from a treated material. Most often, these treated materials consist of leather, nylon, polyurethane, Gore-Tex, etc. We carry many styles of waterproof boots including black military boots, jump boots, tactical boots, duty boots and more.
The Rocky 8” AlphaForce Waterproof Zipper Boots are made rugged with added cushion and support for all-day comfort. These waterproof tactical boots keep your feet dry with guaranteed Rocky waterproof construction. The full-grain leather and 1000 denier nylon material is made water-resistant and has non-marking rubber outsoles with an aggressive tread. Additionally, the RigiTrac™ molded EVA outsole is both oil and slip-resistant.
Side Zip Boots
Side zip boots are exactly as they sound – a boot with a zipper on the side. This type of footwear is perfect for quickly donning and doffing your boots without having to constantly retie them. This not only saves you time but also extends the lifespan of your laces. It also allows for temporary ventilation when your feet get overheated. Just simply pull down the zipper to let your feet breathe.
A dynamic duo of stealth and comfort, the Reebok 6” Rapid Response Composite Toe Side Zipper Boots enhance surefooted landings and propulsion on any surface. These zipper boots have athletic outsoles that provide superior gripping action and come oil/slip-resistant. The YKK® side zipper accelerates on/off to drastically decrease your prep time. They also have a composite safety toe and meet ASTM F2413 safety footwear standards.
Boots with Vibram soles are designed to provide unparalleled traction, support and comfort on even the most difficult terrains. These soles were originally designed for hiking but have had so much resounding success, that they branched out to the public safety footwear market as well. Today, there are many Vibram boots with customized soles to take on a variety of surfaces and activities such as:
- Vibram hiking boots built with a TC5+ rubber outsole for multi-terrain performance.
- Vibram combat boots with an aggressive 148 Kletterlift outsole for shock absorption and gripping action.
- Police duty boots featuring a Sierra FIRE & ICE™ outsole made of a special rubber compound to improve traction in icy conditions.
Tackle tough turf and temperatures with the Tactical Research Hot Weather Khyber 8” Boots. These Vibram boots are built for hot weather wear and come AR670-1 compliant. They feature an exclusive 100% rubber IBEX Vibram sole for rugged terrain with rappelling bars to extend its wear. The deeply serrated toe bumper aids in vertical climbing and crawling while the low profile sole reduces weight and improves mobility. The stabilizing features, shock absorption and aggressive design make these AR670-1 boots the ultimate tactical partner.
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