Uniform changes are becoming more common in the military. Sometimes, it is a major shift, such as a changing camouflage pattern for an entire service, and other times, it is a few small changes that are a result of updating policies for today’s force. These changes get expensive for the service member, particularly when you are talking about one of the most important elements: combat boots.
Boots are an iconic part of the military uniform. They are also essential. Battles have been lost because of a lack of durable footwear, and any veteran will tell you that a good pair of boots can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day in the service. As former Navy SEAL Stew Smith says, “Take care of your boots, and they will take care of you.”
Finding the right pair of boots is key, but if the brand you buy is not keeping up with the uniform changes and requirements, you will find yourself with several pairs of boots you may not be able to use.
Some companies, however, are getting ahead of the uniform requirements’ curve and working with service members to develop combat boots to make necessary updates to their boot lines to maintain compliance.
For example, U.S. Patriot Tactical, an Army veteran-owned tactical apparel company, partnered with Rocky Boots in 2021 to revive the C4T boot and update its construction for military compliance. U.S. Patriot also partnered with Garmont North America, a leading footwear maker, to launch the T8 Falcon to meet the current regulations for uniform compliance, but also to ensure service members have quality tactical boots that are within regs, saving them from having to buy multiple pairs of boots.
The T8 Falcon was developed in partnership with drill instructors, Rangers, company commanders, Special Forces team leaders and ROTC Instructors to meet not only the needs of the service, but also the service member who wears them.
Few uniform items are more valued than a good pair of combat boots. A close competitor might be a poncho liner, or “woobie,” but that debate could go on for decades. But, as technology, conflicts and uniform regulations change, it is more important than ever to have a pair that works for the person wearing them.
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