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Updated on January 23, 2017
Say goodbye to mesh uppers on military boots. The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1 went into effect at the end of March and has changed the way soldiers lace up. Although the biggest changes were to implement stricter tattoo, hair and appearance rules, the AR 670-1 also includes rules on which type of military boots are considered acceptable.
Previously, soldier were wearing military boots with synthetic uppers, which increased the breathability and reduced weight. The regulation requires all-leather styles without zippers. Specifically, it requires the boots meet all of these standards:
Major footwear manufacturers have started to update their styles to accommodate the new all-leather rule. Whether they’re adjusting the material on their current models or creating new styles completely, we’ve got the lowdown on what you can expect from top boot brands.
For an complete list of what styles are currently compliant, consult our Army Authorized Boots page.
Some brands are going so far as to introduce new boots in order to meet the regulation. Instead of updating its current SFB and SFB Field boots, NIKE is taking a different route in order to comply with the new regulation. The brand is launching an all-new boot. The SFB Leather is scheduled to be released in September 2014. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Magnum, Ridge, Rothco and Under Armour have no plans to update their boots as of yet, so you won’t be seeing those brands on the battlefield.
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