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Win a Pair of Salomon Boots from Tactical Distributors

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Drawing is June 1st.

Any Of You Guys Wear These?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

When I joined the Army in 1985 this chevron sole design was the issue combat boot for the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Just a year later they started issuing a slightly upgraded model but this one was worn by soldiers throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. Did you ever wear them?

Photo: Lee-Jackson Militaria

Converse Coral Shoes

Thursday, March 31st, 2016


Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a pair of issue Coral Shoes by Converse, dating from Operation Desert Storm.


I’m curious, does anyone have any additional details on these?

Thanks Cool Arrow Kicker!

UPDATE: Here’s a photo from Travis at Mayflower of his Tan and Green pair from when he was on a dive team.


Bates Footwear Awarded $30.5 Million United States Marine Corps Contract for Temperate Weather Boots

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

ROCKFORD, MI (March 23, 2016) — Bates® Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, announced today it has been awarded a contract to manufacture Temperate Weather boots for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) under a new five year U.S. Government contract.

“I applaud today’s announcement, which will support jobs in Big Rapids, further diversify Michigan’s manufacturing sector, and help keep U.S. Marines safe with quality, reliable footwear,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). “I also commend Bates Footwear for its unwavering commitment to serving and honoring the brave men and women that make our military strong.”

Although the Temperate Weather boot will be a new production line for Bates Footwear in 2016, the boot itself is not unfamiliar to the USMC as Bates produced a similar Temperate Weather boot from to 2007 to 2014. Each boot is constructed with Vibram® “Sierra” soles to provide superior grip with increased longevity. The boots will be manufactured in Big Rapids, Michigan and will be constructed of 100% American-made materials.

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI) said, “Michigan has a history of providing our servicemen and servicewomen with reliable high quality footwear. I am proud to see the U.S. Marine Corps continue this tradition by choosing to outfit our Marines with boots made in West Michigan. It is vital that the men and women serving in our Armed Forces have access to the best equipment available. In terms of footwear, that means having military boots manufactured by Bates.”

“We are very proud to once again provide the United States Marine Corps with a dependable, enduring Temperate Weather Boot. Bates remains committed to upholding the values of the United States Department of Defense and the Marine Corps,” said Andrew Fowler, Vice President and General Manager, Bates Footwear.

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI) said, “I congratulate all the hardworking men and women at Bates for winning the Marines contract. This is wonderful news for Big Rapids and for manufacturing in Michigan. Marines have been wearing Bates products for decades and this contract means they will be wearing the world’s best boots for another five years.”

32 North STABILicers

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

STABILicers are American made tarction decices that are worn attached to the soles of your footwear.  This is the Hike XP model.

The Hike XP incorporates their SureFit™ binding system and contoured insole provide a secure fit. These are a great option for those wearing commercial hiking boots in icy and other slippery conditions. Made from a Lightweight Thermo Plastic Elastomer that remains pliable in cold weather, they also incorporate replaceable cleats.

While the model I’ve shown is for use with hiking boots, several models will fit military footwear.

Bates Launches AR670-1 Compliant Coyote Boots

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


Rockford, MI, USA (March 14, 2016) – For over 130 years Bates has provided high quality boots and shoes for the United States military. With the ever-changing demands of the Armed Forces, Bates continues to craft their product to not only meet, but to exceed military standards.

Bates is excited to announce the launch of six new boots all built to military specifications. The styles are constructed with abrasion resistant flesh-out coyote cattle hide leather and offer individual features and benefits to meet the broad range of customer demands.

Currently available are two Berry Compliant boots, the M-8 Hot Weather and TerraX3 Hot Weather Composite Toe. Each style features a unique and proprietary Vibram® outsole designed for multi-terrain environments, offering superior traction and stability in extreme conditions. These boots are made in the USA and available online at and military retailers across the country.

Launching in late spring are the Cobra boots, which are 8” in height and come in a hot weather and quick drying jungle version. These two boots feature Bates Endurance Performance System, a four layer anti-fatigue platform successful in Bates popular law enforcement boot, Strike.

The final two boots will launch mid-summer. The Ranger Hot Weather and Ranger Hot Weather Composite Toe are lace to toe boots built on Bates top-selling Ultra-Lites platform.

All six of these boots are AR670-1 compliant and meet the Army’s regulations for approved footwear.

Garmont T8 Boots In Khaki – While Supplies Last from Extreme Outfitters

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


Available while supplies last is the Garmont Tactical series in Khaki. This color variation stems from the light colored split-grained leather with a darker DD diamesh and heel retention straps. Although these boots are NOT AR 670-1 compliant they still offer the same quality and comfort you know and love from the Garmont T8 series.

The Garmont Tactical T8 boot is unlike any other pair of boots you will ever wear. Starting from the ground up, the Bifida and Extreme versions are equipped with a Super Vibram sole for maximum traction and stability and maximum shock reduction in nearly all environments or surfaces. Next the T8 is constructed with a tapered nylon woven foot board, on top of that is a custom designed insole. The boot utilizes a foot bed cup system that makes the boot work with the rest of your body providing awesome stability reducing the amount of stress on the ankles and knees. The entry way is constructed with a swept back concept to allow a snug, comfortable, fully supported fit without all the unnecessary padding. The upper is constructed with abrasion resistant split grain leather combined with DD diamesh for excellent breathing and ventilation. Zero optical refraction hardware along with roller bearing and hook less rigging proof hardware makes the T8 operate flawlessly in all operating environments whether it be ground or airborne operations. The foot bed cup system combined with heel retention strapping system allows for maximum stability and support in nearly all conditions and environments.

The Garmont T8’s lightweight, rugged and durable construction allows these boots to perform amazingly in all conditions. The T8 performs well and dries out rapidly should you work in an amphibious environment or an extremely wet climate. This boot was designed for and is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of professionals who defend our great nation. The Extreme version offers the same stability with the addition of 200G Thinsulate insulation for colder climates. The NFS is an even lighter weight boot made with a feather light sole when reduced weight is paramount.

These boots are available in Khaki in all three styles: T8 Jungle, T8 NFS and T8 Extreme, and priced to sell at $114.99. Available at Extreme Outfitters while supplies last.

Enforce Tac – Magnum Opus

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Unveiled at SHOT Show, the Opus by Magnum is making its European debut. The Opus combines a mesh upper with Kurim protection which bonds PU panels to the mesh in high abrasion areas. Magnum has also added closed hooks for lacing.


The outsole is carbon rubber with a compression modes RECOIL midsole. Available in Black and Coyote.