New Kids Boots on the Block

Altama Tan Desert Ripple Boots

If your child wanted combat boots even just a month ago, there were few options. Most entailed buying men’s shoes in the smallest size to create kids combat boots.

Well kiddos, times are a changin’.

Apparently there was such a demand for children sizes in combat boots that, not one, but two manufacturers are making even tinier sizes for the wee ones. Altama and McRae introduced youth sizes to their line this month.


Since its facility in Darien, Ga., originally was in a children’s shoe plant, it only makes sense to for Altama to revisit its roots. The Altama kids’ line consists of three boots, a Ripple boot in three colors—olive, sage green and tan desert—at $43.99 per pair.

Available in youth sizes 1 to 6 and half sizes in 3 to 5, the boots are 8-inches with a ripple sole pattern. It includes a cushion mesh removable innersole and an iron-coated speedhook/eyelet lacing system. The online description gives a helpful reminder to customers that the boots are for “recreational use only and are not intended for adult use in the field or combat environment.”


It’s no surprise that children’s footwear also comes up in McRae’s history. Founded in 1959, the North Carolina company got its start by producing kids’ work/play footwear. Its focus shifted when its first government contract was awarded in 1967. Now McRae comes full circle with kids combat boots in five colors—desert tan, sage green, olive Mojave, camouflage and black—at $47.95 for children sizes and $49.95 for youth.

Pick out the best fit of the side-zipper boots in 8.5 to 3 in half and whole sizes (regular width) as wells youth sizes 3.5 to 6. The boots incorporate the same quality put into other McRae boots, including a cushioned insole, a Goodyear welt construction and a specially designed lug for excellent grip. Additionally, its upper is unlined for increased breathability.

On a side note, if you’re looking for kids army costumes, check out our sister site BDU.COM for some sweet military-style coats and jackets.

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  4. THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!! I have searched high and low for a store that sells kids acu boots and can only find size 3 up, but ALL stores that sell ACU boots for adults start at size 3 so that’s not helpful! I will be ordering from McRaes next week and my boys will be getting boots to go with their ACU’s from Daddy (hes deployed) this year fro Christmas! YAY!!

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