What the New AR 670-1 Means for Your Boots

This page last updated: July 2, 2014

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.

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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:

      • 8 to 10 inches in height
      • Made of tan flesh-side out cattle hide leather
      • Plain toe
      • Rubber and polyurethane sole that matches the upper in color
      • No mesh fabric

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.

Here’s a list of top styles that currently meet regulation:

For an complete list of what styles are currently compliant, consult our Army Authorized Boots page.

Some brands are still in the process of updating certain styles with all-leather materials. Here’s an outline of each brands plans (list current as of 7/2/2014):

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.

What do you think of the AR-670-1? Let us know in the comment section below.

19 Comments on “What the New AR 670-1 Means for Your Boots

  1. AR 670-1
    1-1. Purpose

    The Army is a profession. A Soldier’s appearance measures part of his or her professionalism. Proper wear of the Army uniform is a matter of personal pride for all Soldiers. It is indicative of esprit de corps and morale within a unit. Soldiers have an individual responsibility for ensuring their appearance reflects the highest level of professionalism. Leaders, at all levels, have a responsibility for implementing and applying the standards contained in this regulation to ensure the best interests of the Army, including our shared traditions and customs. This regulation prescribes the authorization for wear, composition, and classification of uniforms, and the occasions for wearing all personal (clothing bag issue), optional, and commonly worn organizational clothing and individual equipment uniforms. It prescribes the uniforms, awards, insignia, and accouterments authorized for wear. It also provides general information on the authorized material and design of uniforms and the uniform quality control system.

  2. Is there any provision in the future for an ESD boot with a safety toe. There is still a need to protect sensitive electronic equipment.

  3. I.A.W. AR 670-1; are the “Wellco brand boots” in compliance ? Thank You

  4. Corcoran tan jump boot 4500? I wear them down here at bragg still…..compliant yes or no?

  5. Hi Lynae,

    Belleville provided us with a list of authorized boots and unfortunately, the TR360 was not on that list. Belleville does carry quite a few styles that are compliant. Check them out>> http://ow.ly/zA6Nx

  6. Hi Nick,

    The brand claims that all of their boots are compliant, but we’ve heard some commanding officers have issues with the brand. It really depends on your CO. I hope that helps. Sorry we don’t have a black and white answer for you!

  7. Are the tactical research by Belleville style number TR360 within regulation? This brand is not sold at clothing and sales but I like how they fit. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  8. Purchased the Altama Exospeed II boots prior to the AR 670-1 update in march. Tactical gear carries it under the complaint section, but other websites are not including it as an option. It seems to meet all of the requirements – 8 inches, leather, etc. Anyone know for sure?

  9. Hi Jacob! Rocky updated the S2V in order to best serve its customers. There is no mesh fabric on those boots anymore, so they’re definitely compliant.

  10. Hi Perla! Those boots are authorized. Lucky you 🙂

  11. Just bought me a pair of tactical research tr101 r these authorized?? All they told me was that synthetic leather was unauthorized

  12. The Rocky s2v looks like it has mesh fabric. Why does it meet regulation?

  13. Hi Franklin,

    As far as I’m aware, the Army hasn’t made public it’s reasons for these requirements. My best guess is that all-leather styles offer increased durability in harsh conditions. Hope that helps!

    Best,

    Lauren

  14. Hi Nick,

    Absolutely! Boots that come to mind first are the NIKE SFB and SFB Field. The Rocky C4T and C5C also haven’t been updated, although Rocky plans on doing that soon. If those options, don’t suit you, let me know and I’ll look into some other styles. Hope that helps!

    Best,

    Lauren

  15. Where can I find the reasons for the new requirements?

  16. Are boots with mesh uppers. allowing breathability, still available. As a retired Marine that loves his old boots I don’t want all leather….too hot in summer.

  17. The Rocky S2V Series Boots (Combat, Cold Weather and Protective Toe) are all authorized under the new AR 670-1

  18. If you want some REAL quality boots I can recommend Haix and Lowa and Hanwag.

    They make the best boots I know.

  19. Although there are strict and clearly defined instructions for the types and designs of military boots, only a few companies abide by them. It’s great to know that the new AR 670-1 meets most of the updated rules.

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