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Sorry Air Force, This Isn’t A Boot

I know some of you Airmen are trying to game the system, but despite being referred to as a “boot” by several of the companies which sell it, the Altama Maritime Assault – Low is not a boot. It’s a shoe.

The problem is that the latest changes to AFI 36-2903 (Air Force Guidance Memorandum, AFGM2018-03 to AFI 36-2903, Dress & Appearance), intended to guide wear of the Operational Camouflaged Patterned Uniform and accouterments, no longer stipulates a boot height. However, AFI 36-2903 does say that “Dress and personal appearance standards that are not listed as authorized in the publication are unauthorized.”

So give it a rest and get a pair of boots. You’ll just look like hipster in these with your pants hem rolled up.

14 Responses to “Sorry Air Force, This Isn’t A Boot”

  1. jellydonut says:

    I don’t care what you say, these own. Especially in warm weather.

  2. Maroon Beret says:

    The Air Farce should be permitted to wear slippers instead of boots because slippers are more comfortable given the amount of time the Air Farce spends sitting down. They only need boots when they are line dancing anyway. Plus boots don’t go with the taffeta gowns pilots wear. Clashes with their make-up.

  3. Joe_L says:

    What about the Medium height ones though? Inquiring minds need to know. Asking for a friend.

  4. Agent_Orange says:

    I’ve been running a pair of these hard for about a year. They do hold up well, but I’d honestly never consider using them for any military application where combat was a possibility. They’re alright for casual stuff – general walking about and such. They could certainly be pressed into some light CQB work (but don’t plan on kicking down a door with these). They actually make excellent boat shoes and are even great for walking on ice, boulder hopping and wet rocks. I personally feel they lack adequate ankle support, impact protection and especially crush protection. The high top version is better for beach stuff than the low cut version as sand tends to get kicked up and deposited into the back of the lead shoe when walking.

    • czereta says:

      100% Agree with your assessment. They make fine casual shoes and id rather buy from Altama than other companies that produce casual shoes. My next pair will be the mids for sure.

    • AbnMedOps says:

      I’ve got the mid-heights. Excellent for swampy muck, swimming off rocky shorelines, and working on the boat dock up at the lake! Sizing is weird however – I’m a 9.5 in all other boots (including Altama military boots), but I had to go to size 11 in the these.

  5. EODFish says:

    The AFI hasn’t covered height in the 11 years I have been in and the “anything not covered is unauthorized gimmick doesn’t work for these as they meet all the “boot” requirements with nothing extra added.

  6. Lima2Actual says:

    Air Force has nothing to worry about, we don’t have old dudes at the door of the BX doing uniform checks like everybody else

  7. GroundPounder says:

    So no joke so a young JTAC rocking these the other day, him homie was wearing the Salomon Speed Assaults in burro. Yea they both looked lame.