Any recommendations on the best brand/type of duty boot? I have some Hi Tec Magnums but they seemed better suited for my BDU days than for the police uniform. Any thoughts on the best type of Paratrooper Boot? (Bates? Rocky?)
There is only ONE jump boot. Corcoran! I have owned the same pair for over 20 years, bought them as a graduation present to myself for finishing jump school, and they wear like iron. Take a polish, too. Just need resoling once every few years. Anything else is just a copy.
Corcoran jump boots are the way to go. Shine great and once broken in are comfortable and conforming. I wear the 10 inch Side-Zipper field boot. The side zipper is great for taking em on and off. Here's where I got them:
Cocrans are more flashy and intimidating. Some guy I know works for Norfolk Sheriffs Dept gave me a lecture on them and said they're good on those days where you want to look bad ass. Keep the magnums though, theyre good for tactical work and when you have to move around alot.
I love my Corcorans allthough they took a bit to break in... once they were broken in though, they go on like buttah! I find that they shine up the best too. I tend to wear the Corcorans during the spring/summer/fall and wear my Magnums during the winter because I waterproofed them and I think that they are a bit warmer. I also wear the Magnums when I ride the bike.
The new Bates enforcer series w/gortex, bought then a week before the RNC, didn't even need to break them in. MY feet never felt so good, I was the only person not bitching about their feet hurting. Great for someone who is on the move a lot.
Corcorans all the way! I wear the nylon w/ a high polish on the toe and heel caps. Look real sharp and professional. Also very comfortable and lightweight, you can wear them all day and you feet never hurt.
I had the Rocky paratrooper boots and it tore up my heel. The new converse boots are supposed to be damn comfortable. Right now I also have the Thorogood airtacs and the Bates goretex Enforcers and Im liking them both. Pretty soon it'll be boot allowance time and i'll try something new.