Not too long ago the ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ style of policing meant British ‘Bobbies’ walked their beat all day. This meant covering a lot of miles in all weathers so it was essential they looked after their feet. A common, and speaking from experience, very painful injuries to the foot are called Plantar Fasciitis / Plantar Calcaneal Bursitis which are informally known by medical practitioners as “Policeman’s Heel.”
Among the most popular factors quoted that contribute to these injuries are wearing incorrect footwear. In many cases they either do not fit properly, or provide inadequate support or cushioning. While walking or exercising in improper footwear, weight distribution becomes impaired, and significantly stress can be added to ligaments.
Modern policing still requires you to be on your feet for very long periods, walk long distances and on occasions unexpectedly burst into a sprint, climb and jump over obstacles to catch your suspect. So it is vitally important you choose the correct police boot to allow you to be as adaptable as police work demands. It is worth noting that most UK police forces DO NOT issue police boots unless you are in a specialised role for example being in a public order or firearms team.
Here at Pass Police Tests we have used our own experience and spoken with operational officers to give three recommendations for police boots. If you follow each link all boots have customer reviews attached, so make sure you have a look and see which one best suits you.
- Magnum mid MUF2001019 unisex adult boots
- Bates Men’s Ultra-Lites 8 Inches Tactical Sport Side-Zip Boot
- Altberg Peacekeeper P1 Boots
Being Mid-height these boots will provide you with more ankle support than a shoe but have less bulk than a full-on boot, mids are a great, versatile choice especially if you are not used to wearing boots. These boots offer police officers comfort when working in the police station or driving police response cars but also the support if required to foot chase a suspect or walk for miles. Depending on size these police style boots are around £90 to buy.
- Outer Material: Riviera leather with nylon, collar made of suede
- Removable inner sole, running shoe strips
- Outer Material: Leather
- Inner Material: Fabric
- Sole: Gum Rubber
- Closure: Lace-Up
- Heel Height: 4.5 centimetres
- Heel Type: Flat
- Fit Type: Regular size
- Shoe Width: normal
- Non-slip Carbon Rubber Outsole
- Toe and heel protection
- Colour: Black
Another benefit with a mid boot is they are easy to get on and off, if you are having to visit victims, witnesses at their homes or visiting certain places of worship.
If you prefer a high length police boots in a similar price range offering similar comfort and as quick to get off then I would recommend;
Although the name states it as a men’s boot I see no reason why police ‘women’ can’t benefit from them (the company also has ‘women’s’ boots available). These boots are sleek enough to give off a professional aura, but also durable enough to last for years. The Bates Men’s Ultra-Lites are an 8” boot that are comfortable. They are lighter than a lot of other tactical boots, which can make a big difference during long work shifts.
In addition to comfort, the Bates Men’s Ultra-Lites are also breathable. The mesh upper allows for ventilation that keeps feet dry and comfortable. As with the Magnum’s they are not waterproof, but are water resistant. The zip side fastener are great for getting them on and off by not having to unlace half your boot.
- High-top work shoe featuring lace-up vamp and breathable lining
- Cushioned removable insert
- Outer Material: Other Leather
- Inner Material: Leather
- Sole: Gum Rubber
- Closure: Zip
- Heel Height: 1 inches
- Heel Type: Low-Heel
- Shoe Width: EEEE mens_us
- Lightweight cement construction
- Durable and slip-resistant outsole
Unlike the military, as a police officer you will not have to spend days on end in wet, cold environments but you could spend a full shift in these conditions. It could be guarding a rural crime scene, searching at day or night for vulnerable missing persons, suspects or evidence. As any military person will tell you “No boot is completely waterproof” so being water resistant is as much as you will need for most duties within the police force. On occasions during floods and whilst on a search team I would simply wear wellies for certain jobs.
If you don’t mind paying more for a British made comfortable and hard wearing police boots I would recommend;
The Peacekeeper P1 was first developed for military use during training on assault courses, however it was quickly adopted by police as having all of the key criteria that they needed in an everyday patrol boot. It’s lightweight, with good slip resistance and good ankle support. The upper is water-repellent, and the lining is Cambrelle which is breathable for all-year-round comfort (non-waterproof). The Peacekeeper P1 is good for traffic duties, urban or rural patrols, and other non-conflict areas of police duties.
- Midsole: 2-3 season, light flex, will ‘bed in’ with use
- Material Composition: Leather
- Lining: Cambrelle all season, comfort, non-waterproof
- Leather: full grain, water-repellent, first grade 2.2 – 2.4 mm thicknes
- Height: 24.6 cm (size 9, includes heel)
Cost around £150. Officers spoken to (some ex-military) have stated these are the best police boots they have purchased especially in winter months and they are still wearing the ones they bought 8 years ago when the boot first came out.