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drider
11-05-2011, 18:33
Ttttt

ateamer
11-05-2011, 19:00
Find out what the academy standards are for footwear before you spend any money.

RyanNREMTP
11-05-2011, 19:06
Find out what type they want you to wear. But mainly get ones that you can polish up very very shiny.

Kahr_Glockman
11-05-2011, 19:23
Both of the above. Bates ultra-lites are good polishing boots and are comfortable

drider
11-05-2011, 19:46
They said aslong it's black, leather, gortex on the side is okay and they must be round tow. last they must be spit shine.

Kahr_Glockman
11-05-2011, 19:50
Bates.

There are others but the bates can be found locally for around $60

drider
11-05-2011, 20:28
Thanks! I'll check out all those names.

ctaggart
11-05-2011, 22:00
Rocky 5066 shine very nicely. Pro tip: Parade Gloss polish will save you hours.

Sharky7
11-06-2011, 00:26
I had Rocky paratroopers boots in the academy, they shine up great! I like them a lot.

lawman800
11-06-2011, 02:49
If you are going to the sbsd academy, as I suspect, go to Greenwood's in san bernardino, off e street. They have the hook up.

As for boots, I have had great luck with Rocky Alpha and Magnum Stealth boots.

COLOSHOOTR
11-06-2011, 02:50
I'd also look into Original SWAT boots. They actually tend to be a little cheaper then the other brands, they are comfortable and they hold up well. 90% of my Academy class wore them because of the comfort and price point. Now days I wear Tac style boots with scuff protection that does not really hold a shine but I still have those same Orignal SWAT boots for class A's and they look great!

lawman800
11-06-2011, 02:50
Rocky 5066 shine very nicely. Pro tip: Parade Gloss polish will save you hours.

Check on that first. M2 academy didn't allow that. They wanted us to shine them the old fashioned way.

nitesite10mm
11-06-2011, 09:22
If you can buy Lincoln Wax it is superior to Kiwi although I have pretty good results whenever I use Kiwi brand. The more laces the less toe to shine. Look at Bates Dura Shok and they take a really good shine. About $105 or so.

http://www.policefeet.com/assets/images/03140p_01.jpg

steveksux
11-06-2011, 10:20
Duh! Jackboots! If you don't know that, maybe you're not cut out to be a cop... :whistling::tongueout::rofl:

If you're in a poker game, and you don't know who the mark is, YOU're the mark.

What's that go to do with anything?

YOU're the boot.... :supergrin:

Randy

collim1
11-06-2011, 11:48
I like Danners

wuvmyglock
11-06-2011, 12:01
Get some designed for stomping... Look especially the ones with the "stealth" tread design..

lawman800
11-07-2011, 01:35
I like Danners

Danners? Never heard of them. We need more boot threads so I can keep up with this danner you speak of.

blueiron
11-07-2011, 02:01
What ever you buy, buy two pairs.

Spit shine both pairs and once both sets are shined, you'll have it easier and won't have to shine one pair every night. There are some good sites on the web that show you how to do it correctly.

JohnnyReb
11-07-2011, 04:44
If your academy will be anything like mine was, I would get bates. They are reasonably comfortable, and when they get destroyed it wont be as bad of a hit as a $200 pair of danners.

I destroyed 1 pair of coroframs , and one pair of bates lites in 10 weeks. I also destroyed a pair of running shoes.

Being forced to low crawl in sand really takes the shine off of a corofram!

lawman800
11-07-2011, 09:24
We weren't allowed patent leather coroframs either. Somebody tried and had to go buy new shoes. We had to buy plain leather and spit shine it by hand with old panty hose.

Buy something you can wear for duty later. Don't waste your money.

nitesite10mm
11-07-2011, 10:02
That's why I suggested Bates instead of Danner if for no other reason the price point.

jwhite75
11-07-2011, 10:07
The Bates Lites Buckle ankle Chukka style are sharp looking but you simply will not find a better duty style boo than Danner. I recoomend the Recon Model or the Blackhawk Model.

Only boot made that is recommended but the American Podiatric Association. I have 4 pairs.

Also get some protectant from www.obenaufs.com (http://www.obenaufs.com)

The Danners ae the way to go hands down.

PinkoCommie
11-07-2011, 10:30
http://a2.zassets.com/images/z/1/3/5/1354902-p-2x.jpg

lawman800
11-07-2011, 11:37
http://a2.zassets.com/images/z/1/3/5/1354902-p-2x.jpg

I think that is only allowed in inclement weather and for graveyard.

1041TX
11-07-2011, 19:55
I'll second my comrades with the Bates suggestion. For the academy you don't really want/need super high $$$ boots. Just something that is comfortable and takes a shine.

Bates ultralights are great. Side zipper FTW.

HOWEVER, if you do want to join the Danner club, I just happen to have a pair in the classified section.... :whistling:

lawman800
11-07-2011, 20:19
If side zips are allowed, do it. You won't regret it. We weren't allowed those either.:crying:

Agent6-3/8
11-08-2011, 08:17
The Bates Lites Buckle ankle Chukka style are sharp looking but you simply will not find a better duty style boot than Danner. I recoomend the Recon Model or the Blackhawk Model.

Only boot made that is recommended but the American Podiatric Association. I have 4 pairs.

Also get some protectant from www.obenaufs.com (http://www.obenaufs.com)

The Danners ae the way to go hands down.

Those damned old buckle boots! Look sharp and are comfortable, but don't offer a bit of support. (nor will they stay on your feet in a foot pursuit) Despite policy, few of us actually wore them down this way. :supergrin:


As other have said, Danner makes an excellent boot.I'm also a fan of Corcoran. (especially their Field II's) Though I've never owned any beyond the chukks I hear good things about Bates.

drider
11-08-2011, 10:09
Negative on the zip ups.

lawman800
11-08-2011, 10:28
Didn't think the academies got that lax either.

bccop
11-08-2011, 15:36
I picked up a pair of 5.11 6" ATACS several months ago to try out and they have held up very well and they are pretty inexpensive which would be less of a hit on your wallet if you get two pair. The toe area seems easy to polish up. I prefer tactical black over shined up boots since they could give away my position.... :whistling:

1041TX
11-08-2011, 16:20
I picked up a pair of 5.11 6" ATACS several months ago to try out and they have held up very well and they are pretty inexpensive which would be less of a hit on your wallet if you get two pair. The toe area seems easy to polish up. I prefer tactical black over shined up boots since they could give away my position.... :whistling:


They're not unpolished, they're TACTICAL! :rofl:

drider
11-08-2011, 17:21
I tried on the Danners and like my good friend said they are comfortable yet on the heavy side. I will do more research and make a purchase on the boots when I pick up my uniforms.

lawman800
11-08-2011, 21:37
They're not unpolished, they're TACTICAL! :rofl:

Nothing wrong with black ninja pajamas and shiny basketweave leather and polished boots.

bccop
11-08-2011, 22:04
Nothing wrong with black ninja pajamas and shiny basketweave leather and polished boots.

I prefer my tacticool nylon gear, unshined.. I mean tactical black boots, and dark uniform. :whistling:

merlynusn
11-09-2011, 09:49
My biggest problem with boots is finding a good insole. I can't stand how most boots make my feet feel. The 5.11s and Danners are uncomfortable after a couple hours of standing... grr....

lawman800
11-09-2011, 16:54
I prefer my tacticool nylon gear, unshined.. I mean tactical black boots, and dark uniform. :whistling:

You're in canada. What's the worst that can happen? Somebody didn't say excuse me or sorry and somebody's feelings got hurt?

drider
11-09-2011, 17:20
Score, good family friend had a pair of danners laying around said I may have them!!

drider
11-24-2011, 00:24
I inherited a pair of Danner boots! "They will suit you well but wait until you turn 50 and you'll want to lighter stuff!" All i can say is I'm grateful and they are comfortable and I save $. Also how do I shine them?

knoxrocks222
11-24-2011, 02:42
Most of us wear converse, theres a few guys that have the oakley boots and some guys in bates, i wore bates for about 3 months....i find the converse to be a better all around feeling boot for wearing all day

lawman800
11-24-2011, 03:04
I inherited a pair of Danner boots! "They will suit you well but wait until you turn 50 and you'll want to lighter stuff!" All i can say is I'm grateful and they are comfortable and I save $. Also how do I shine them?

Go get yourself a complete shoe shine kit from any uniform store that includes a horsehair brush, buffing cloth, wax, cleaner, and edge dressing. Learn how to do it the right way.

Don't get lazy and use that quick shine Kiwi polish crap. That's for uniform inspections when you get on full time and you are too lazy to do it for real. Our academy did not allow quick shine, you had to do the real deal spit shine.

Banana peels work great to maintain shine. Just rub it on and polish it off. Also, use pantyhose. It doesn't strip wax like other cloths do.

Patchman
11-24-2011, 05:18
Banana peels work great to maintain shine. Just rub it on and polish it off. Also, use pantyhose. It doesn't strip wax like other cloths do.

Do you rub using the inside or the outside of the banana peel?

Banana peels and pantyhoses. You Left Coast cops are crazy. :supergrin:

boomhower
11-24-2011, 05:34
I used our issued 5.11 ATACS 8". They work fine and I've been very happy with them. That said, if I was spending my money I would be buying Danners.

lawman800
11-24-2011, 11:23
Do you rub using the inside or the outside of the banana peel?

Banana peels and pantyhoses. You Left Coast cops are crazy. :supergrin:

Use the inside of the banana peel and then polish off using a clean cloth, gives it a good shine. If it is already spit shined with wax, maintain with some water and use pantyhose so it doesn't strip the wax.:supergrin:

I heard if you do it while jumping up and down on one foot, it works even better.:rofl:

Happy T-Day, sarge! Please give all my best to the boys there. Nothing but respect to you guys!

Hack
11-24-2011, 11:34
Anything that will hold a shine. Danners is excellent, but costly. Go by previous mentioned for the lower priced stuff.

Cochese
11-24-2011, 19:39
Send them to Danner and they will rebuild them!

Narkcop
11-25-2011, 13:03
Hard to beat these for price and features.
http://www.galls.com/google/style-FW274-general_catalog-magnum-interceptor-50-side-zip-waterproof-quarterboot;jsessionid=F49224F5EE6E04AFB4D603A2AF3FDDF3

Alcoy
11-25-2011, 13:23
:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:http://a2.zassets.com/images/z/1/3/5/1354902-p-2x.jpg

seriously, good luck at the academy. bates light gets my vote.

drider
12-03-2011, 22:49
Danner is one hell of a company! I explained to them my situation, attending academy on my own dime, inherited my Danner boots, etc. And asked if they could send me a complementary shoe clean kit. 3 days later they sent me a black wax dressing and water proofing liquid! My question is that everything I need other than a cloth, spit, and water?

Orlando Eric
12-05-2011, 10:19
"...I had a job offer for a corrections officer position, I was all planned out ready to go. Then suddenly a family emergency came up, under the circumstances I could not leave out of state..."

Actually you might want to rethink the whole thing and just buy some nice comfortable sneakers..

drider
12-06-2011, 10:39
update, my good old friend guided me through to make them nice and shiny! I was doing it all wrong!

lawman800
12-06-2011, 15:00
Post up how it's done then!

Big Kev
12-10-2011, 19:06
I just finished an academy friday. Someone else already suggested it, if you can get 2 pair do it. I only had one pair and it was not fun trying to keep them clean all the time. We had nights in the snow at the range and I wouldn't get home until 11 and have to be back the next morning at 8. I got a few layers on my boots and that helped them clean up faster but a second pair would have been nice.

I have 5.11s. I was not impressed with them and probably not buy another pair. After 2 weeks they stretched out and were loose on my feet. I was going to wait until the end of the academy to get another pair. I might buck up and get a pair of danners, but I have not decided yet.

Good luck. Remember to have fun, that is what helped me through. I now have some friends for a life time after spending 21 weeks with them.