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Bates Individual Comfort System

Bates 1Not all people walk in the same way; some people walk with an outward or inward tilt. If you’re one of these people, you may find your shoes uncomfortable. If you find your shoes uncomfortable after work and everyday activities, you may be wearing shoes designed for someone with a different walk. Many footwear companies will try and compensate for this by stiffening up a portion of the shoe where a person is over compensating their step. Locking the buyer into whatever state the footwear is designed for, no matter what their personal walk is. Those who spend large amount on their feet know how crucial comfortable footwear is and the difference a good shoe can make. Continue reading Bates Individual Comfort System

Top Safety Footwear Features

The human foot is made of dozens of tiny individual bones, as well as numerous muscles, ligaments, and nerves. On top of that, the foot serves as a necessary component to one of our most basic methods of transportation. It’s safe to say that without the use of our feet we’d have difficulty going anywhere. Unfortunately, our feet are easily smashed by falling objects, run over by cars, slammed into doors, and many other dangerous activities. That’s why it’s critical to have proper safety footwear to make sure one of your body’s most vital parts is kept safe during both everyday and potentially dangerous activities, both on and off duty.

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It can be difficult, with modern technological advances, to keep track of what’s the best material or component for safety footwear. There are a number of brands, such as 5.11, Mascot, and Bates that all provide safety footwear, but of varying specifications and materials. It’s not as easy as simply picking the heaviest or most inflexible boots. Advancements in technology have reduced the need for extra thick materials and opened the way for equally safe but much more flexible and breathable options. Here are some of the features to consider when making your safety footwear purchase:

Materials

Recently, safety footwear has started moving towards a more athletic look and feel. With this trend has come advancements in synthetic materials, which can be more lightweight and durable than leather. If you’re used to wearing sneakers or other athletic footwear, then choosing something with synthetic materials may be more comfortable and familiar to you. It may also be preferable if you’re on your feet a lot or anticipate foot pursuits.
However, leather is still a viable option. Leather is breathable, durable, and naturally molds to the shape of your foot for extra comfort. There are also shoes that combine the use of leather as well as synthetic materials, which results in a shoe that has the best of both worlds. The height of the shoe is also something to take into consideration. If you find yourself often working in places with debris or in the outdoors, then consider shoes that extend to at least eight or ten inches in height to protect your lower legs and ankles.

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Outsoles

For the outsoles of safety shoes, you’ll typically see the traditional rubber bottoms since it provides excellent anti-slip and grip qualities to prevent you from slipping in wet weather or when walking on slick surfaces. Various synthetic rubbers have also started hitting the market such as TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), PU (polyurethane) and EVA (Ethel-Vinyl-Acetate) which promote a lighter weight, greater flexibility, and greater cushioning. You may want to purchase shoes that are puncture resistant, as unknown nails and other sharp objects can pierce a lesser quality shoe and cause serious injury.

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Additionally, you never know when you may respond to a particularly messy call or crime scene, which could contain blood borne pathogens or toxic chemicals. If this is a normal hazard in your occupation, then make sure your shoes are blood borne and pathogen resistant.

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Toecap

Finally, the most common feature associated with safety footwear is the toecap. This, typically steel, cap covers the toe end of the shoe to prevent accidents like sudden blows to the foot or sudden compression. In public safety, it’s crucial to protect your feet from potential harm since it’s easy for your feet to be run over, stepped on or crushed. The human toe is fairly fragile, and it takes the natural strength of steel to provide that added protection to the area. However, some shoes have started using aluminum alloys instead of steel. These toecaps are typically more durable, but are much heavier as the material needs to be layered on thicker than steel.

In the end, it all depends on what you’re looking for, as there are a number of different options to choose when deciding what pair of safety footwear works for you.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing new duty boots

 

Choosing the right pair of boots for public safety use is extremely important.

A good pair of work boots can make all the difference in how you feel at the end of a workday. Aching feet, sore leg muscles and potential back pain are issues that no one wants to deal with on a daily basis.

So what are the benefits of choosing the right pair of boots? to duty boots for cops

  • Personal comfort
  • Better work enjoyment
  • Increased performance
  • Safety
  • Reduction of work related injuries – foot, leg and back pain
  • Career longevity

You may have never thought about your work boots this way, but the reality is that your choice of footwear is a vital component in making your workday a success!

 

As you shop around for a new pair of boots, keep these attributes in mind.

  • Fit and Comfort
  • Intended Use
  • Performance and Durability
  • Value

Shopping for new boots can be overwhelming, but if you think about your daily work activities you can use the above attributes as a checklist.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Just think about what your daily routine is. What activities are you involved in?
What regulations do you need to abide by? What do you expect from your footwear?

Choose from a great selection of duty boots here at Galls.

What Makes A Boot A Tactical Boot?

 

It’s a valid question – what make a boot a tactical boot?

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What is a Tactical Boot?

Aren’t all boots just some sort of combination of leather, rubber and laces?

The answer to that is this…if you’re using any kind of boot for a specific purpose relating to work – especially if you’re military, law enforcement or some other form of public safety – then yes, it’s kinda considered a tactical boot.

But generally, a tactical boot is a boot that is designed to specifically handle the rigors of certain duties.

Designers of tactical boots understand how the boots are going to be used in the field, on duty and in certain situations. Once the intention of use is understood, the designers use specific components and techniques to build the boots.

Here are some key features of tactical boots:

  • fast, lightweight and responsive – tactical boot needs to be an extension of your movements
  • cutting-edge design features – but mixed with a foundation of a traditional construction process
  • ankle support, sole support, toe protection – all make for happy feet
  • quiet soles – you need to move quietly in any tactical situation
  • oil, mud and water slip resistance – sure footing is key
  • proven durability and ruggedness – you don’t want boots that will let you down
  • functions under pressure – laces don’t break, zipper won’t catch, construction of boot won’t compromise your efforts
  • a great value – yes, you have to keep budget in mind

If you work in security, law enforcement, the military or some other aspect of public safety, you probably rely on the quality construction of your duty boots to keep you going.

At Galls, we only sell tactical boots and duty boots that we know will meet the requirements above. And we carry them from top brands like 5.11 Tactical, Bates Boots, Oakley, Under Armour, Duty Pro and more.

A tactical boot is a boot that has your back, like a trusted partner you can rely on in any situation.

To see a wide selection of top performing tactical boots, visit Galls.com.

To get deals on tactical boots and other gear, join the Galls email promotions list here.

 

Oakley – More Than Just Sunglasses

 

Oakley, a leading name in the sunglasses industry, also makes boots.

Yes – Oakley makes tactical boots.

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By using their innovative approach to making sunglasses, Oakley has re-focused and has a division of the company making boots specifically for public safety professionals.

If you’ve never tried on an Oakley design, it’s time to rethink your entire concept of boots.

One tactical boot developed by Oakley is their 8″ SI Assault Boot.

They were designed for improved comfort in hot environments. They were also optimized for breathability (this was done by eliminating the foams that normally adds thermal shielding in cold domains).

The Oakley 8″ SI Assault Boot is also jump ready, with an over-the-ankle support shaft and a low profile lacing system that reduces entanglement risk.

And if you’re on the march in tough territory, you’ll have the comfort and feel of a lightweight design inspired by athletic shoes.

The boot’s full grain leather is soft and stealthy quiet. It delivers rock-solid footing for load bearing activities.

The outsoles have directional lugs and they’re made of a special compound from Vibram to maximize traction on wet/dry surfaces over a wide range of terrain.

The Oakley 8″ SI Assault Boot has unrivaled performance, including prime urethane cushioning and true bio-mechanical support.

What are some features of the Oakley SI Assault Boot?

  • Full grain leather upper
  • Mil-spec reversed out leather and Cordura combination upper shell
  • Low-friction ETC lining with gusseted tongue
  • Shock absorption of prime urethane with cushioning and biomechanical support of anatomical curvature
  • High stability for load bearing applications via engineered outsole footprint
  • Excellent durability for fast rope maneuvers, optimized by abrasion resistant outsole material
  • Gusseted tongue to prevent entry of debris
  • High traction, temperature resistant Vibram outsole with aggressive lug pattern

Not interested in Oakley Tactical Boots – only interested in Oakley Sunglasses?

Try these 3 pair…

Oakley Flak Jacket Sunglasses

Oakley SI Military Half Jacket

Oakley SI-M Frame Hybrid 2.0

For more tactical gear, visit Galls.com.

Choosing the Right Public Safety Boots

Choosing the right pair of boots for public safety use is extremely important. A good pair of work boots can make all the difference in how you feel at the end of a workday. Aching feet, sore leg muscles and potential back pain are issues that no one wants to deal with on a daily basis.

What are the benefits of choosing the right pair of boots?

  • Personal comfort
  • Better work enjoyment
  • Increased performance
  • Safety
  • Reduction of work related injuries – foot, leg and back pain
  • Career longevity

You may have never thought about your work boots this way, but the reality is that your choice of footwear is a vital component in making your workday a success.

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As you shop around for a new pair of boots, keep these attributes in mind.

  • Fit and Comfort
  • Intended Use
  • Performance and Durability
  • Value

Shopping for new boots can be overwhelming, but if you think about your daily work activities you can use the above attributes as a checklist.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Just think about what your daily routine is. What activities are you involved in? What regulations do you need to abide by? What do you expect from your footwear?

Fit and Comfort

First and foremost, finding boots that fit – and fit comfortably – is absolutely key. This is the footwear you’ll likely use for eight demanding hours a day (and likely more), week after week after week. You want your feet to be comfortable. Comfortable feet equal comfortable backs.

Choosing the right size is the first step. Don’t purchase boots that are too small or too large. It’s good to try on the shoes with the actual socks you intend to wear with them.

If you found a pair that you like, walk around in them. Do a quick sprint or some knee bends to see how the shoes react to different activities.

Does the shoe have a cushioned sole? Is it easy to put on and take off? These are simple but important questions that will affect your buying decision. Remember, fit and comfort are based on how you feel. Accept other opinions, but try the shoes on.

Intended Use

The second thing you want to consider when shopping for new boots is their intended use. What do you do at work? How active are you? Are you a city cop or a volunteer fireman in a rural district?

Thinking through what your daily activities are will influence the style of boots that you buy.

If you have a desk job, a traditional dress uniform oxford is probably the better choice for you as it will provide the needed comfort your daily routine requires. The other option to consider is a more athletic and work oriented oxford that is part tennis shoe and part work boot.  oxford police shoe

If you’re looking for boots, here are some things to consider:

  • Does your boot need to be waterproof or water resistant?
  • Do you need steel toe or composite toe protection?
  • Will you require an insulated boot?
  • Do you need a quarterboot or full sized boot?
  • Will a shoe with metal affect your activity?

It’s important to understand the need for steel toe protection. If you worry about things or people striking your toes during the workday, then consider steel toe boots.

However, if you routinely go through metal detectors and other security checkpoints at airports, courthouses and other governmental buildings perhaps a composite toe would be a better choice. Composite toe boots can offer nearly the same protection as a steel toe boot, but are lighter weight and are more ‘friendly’ to metal detectors.

Performance and Durability

Once you’ve thought through how you’ll use your boots, you may want to consider how they will perform during your daily duties. This is less about what you will use them for and more about how you will use them.

This is also a good time to read through reviews of boots, paying attention to what others have said about them. It makes good sense to read both the positive and negative reviews. After reading through the reviews you’ll have a better sense of what is important to you. But again, remember, footwear is personal and opinions are subjective. Try to form your own opinion based on as much information you can get.

Here are some further things to consider: 

  • Does the boot allow for ‘easy on’ and ‘easy off’?
  • Will they be slip resistant on wet floors, steps, pavement and terrain?
  • Are they easy to keep clean?
  • Do they offer shock absorbing padding – for walking and occasional running
  • Are they lightweight?

Your boots are going to be used for a variety of activities, from mundane routines to challenging conditions. Do you need a boot that can take a beating? Do you need one that’s lightweight, but can withstand the rigors of public safety?

Value

And lastly, you must consider value. To do that, you need to determine what the boot is worth to you verse how much it is going to cost?

When contemplating value, consider:

  • How much does it cost?
  • Am I going to foot the entire bill myself? (yes, pun intended)
  • How often will I use the boots?
  • How long do I expect them to last?
  • What am I sacrificing if I don’t purchase the right boot?

Overwhelmed? You shouldn’t be. Most of the decision-making process is subconscious and intuitive. Your personal tastes balanced with your work requirements will lead you in the right direction every time. Yet, you are making an important decision and it’s always best to gather as much information upfront as you can.

At Galls, we want you to find the work boot that’s right for you. If you have any further thoughts on choosing the right boot or other work footwear, please let us know in the comments below.