The Top 20 Best EMS Boots For EMTs and Paramedics in 2022

Updated for 2022

The Best Women’s EMT Boots

The Best EMS Boots for EMT’s and Paramedics on any Budget

A good pair of boots is essential to the job performance of EMTs and Paramedics. First responders will spend a lot of time on their feet in varying environments. During the course of their career, an EMT will go through a pair of boots about every 2 years. Most companies will buy their employed medical responders a new pair every year.

Usually, there is a reimbursement program or some sort of agreement to issue boots to employees. This is typically done through an employee’s uniform balance. A uniform balance is an amount of money that a company sets aside for the purposes of keeping uniforms looking new and fresh.

This includes boots. Many times, an employee’s boot allowance is drawn from this uniform allowance. Getting a good pair of boots for the best price is essential.

Features of Good EMS Boots

  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Side Zip
  • Blood Borne Pathogen Proof
  • Fit and Comfort

When evaluating a pair of boots it is important to remember that an EMS provider’s boots are one of the most important pieces of equipment they will own. Not only should they be waterproof, pathogen proof, and breathable. Gore-Tex or some other advanced material-based waterproofing is preferable to leather. These boots are usually more comfortable and have less odor after wearing.

The Top 20 EMT Boots for 2021

The following list will be sorted into four categories. The first category will highlight boots that do not adhere to any sort of budget. These are simply the best boots on the market in our opinion.

The second category will feature boots that are in the medium range as far as price goes.

The last category will focus on entry-level boots. Quality professional footwear that is selected with tight budgets in mind.

The Top 5 Best Boots on the Market

The first 5 boots on this list are, in our opinion, the de facto best boots on the market. In this first list, we did not pay attention to price or budget but to the quality and features offered by the boots. These boots are worth every bit the price but may be out of the range of some budgets.

1. Danner Acadia 8″ Boot – The Best Boot

Danner Men's Acadia 8

Danner is a USA-based company that makes some of the best boots in the industry. The Danner Acadia 8″ Boot is the best EMS boot.

These boots are super comfortable, durable, and eligible for Danner’s Boot Recrafting Services. This means that, with proper care, these boots will outlast any other boot on this list.

The Acadia comes available in many styles including insulated and non-insulated styles as well as a 6″ shorter variant called the Blackhawk II.

These boots feature the Gore-Tex lining so that your feet are kept dry and the boots still breathe.

The Acadia also features Danner’s Vibram® Kletterlift Outsole for both comfort and stability on wet and dry surfaces. The outsole is also 100 percent replaceable through boot recrafting. A fiberglass shank is also included for protection against potential punctures from stepping on objects.

Danner boots are also protected by a 180-day warranty.


  • Gore-Tex Lining
  • Some of the most comfortable boots on the market, perfect for long shifts
  • Completely Recraftable
  • 180-day manufacturer’s warranty
  • Comes in insulated and non-insulated models
  • Options to have a metallic or non-metallic safety toe
  • USA company, USA made


  • No side zip
  • Boots fit narrow, so consider going with wide measurements

2. 5.11 Apex Waterproof 8″ Fire and Safety Boot

5.11 Men's 8

The Apex Waterproof 8″ Fire and Safety Boot is 5.11’s complete boot. This tactical footwear is designed to withstand the elements. This boot is a great choice for an EMS provider due to its eVent™ bloodborne pathogen waterproof membrane lining.

The Apex is designed for all-day wear and long shifts. This is a tough boot designed with comfort in mind.

The Apex also features the VIBRAM Ananasi outsole. This outsole is fully replaceable and has an excellent grip on wet and dry terrains. 5.11 has partnered with NuShoe and the Apex boot is fully restorable.

This means that, with proper care, this boot will last the responder longer than other boots that do not have a replaceable outsole. The National Tactical Officers Association reviewed this boot where it received an overall score of 4.23 out of 5.


  • Full-grain polishable leather
  • Breathable eVent waterproof lining
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Proof
  • Completely serviceable with replaceable outsoles
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • VIBRAM outsole provides superior grip on a variety of surfaces


  • No side zip
  • Trades some durability for comfort, an extended break-in period

3. Merrell Mens Moab 2 8″ Tactical Waterproof Boot

Merrell J1584510.5 Moab 2 8" Tactical WP - Black Black 10.5

If you are looking for comfort then look no further than the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 8″ Tactical Waterproof Boot. Merrell has taken the comfort and ruggedness of their Moab hiking boot and created one of the most comfortable and job-ready pieces of tactical footwear on the market.

The boot features Merrell’s M-Select Dry membrane and is 100% waterproof. The boot is also one of the lightest on this list and has a VIBRAM TC5+ outsole for superior grip on a variety of surfaces. These boots will suit you on wet summer streets or in deep snow.

Your feet will stay nice and dry with these boots. These boots are also great at keeping away blisters and for all-day walking. Given they are built upon a hiking boot model you should be comfortable all day on the city streets.

It should be noted these boots can have a little harder time gripping ice due to the nature of their Vibram outsole.

For the EMS provider, this boot offers superior comfort for long shifts on their feet. The Moab Tactical is breathable and lets moisture escape from the boot. This helps to prevent odor and athlete’s foot.

If you are looking for a comfortable boot with a little break-in time and will keep your feet dry, then consider the Merrell Moab Tactical.

Under Armour offers a 30-day return policy with proof of purchase.


  • Supreme Comfort
  • M-Select Dry Membrane lining for a breathable waterproof experience
  • Reduced odor and prevention of diseases like athlete’s foot due to M-Select Membrane
  • Fantastic foot support


  • Not able to be resoled
  • Can have gripping problems on ice

4. Haix Airpower XR2

Haix Airpower XR2 Winter Work Boots - Men's, Black, 9.5, Wide, 605122W 605122W-9.5

The Haix Airpower XR2 was developed with the wilderness firefighter and EMS worker in mind. This boot is NFPA certified for wildland firefighting and EMS. The XR1 is designed to form-fitting and includes a composite safety toe.

These boots are very comfortable and include arch support. The Airpower XR1 lacks a side zip. The only reason I mention this is because these boots have a unique lacing system that allows for the boots to be put on and off easily.

This is accomplished by a front zipper that tightens the laces when you zip the bootup. Given that this boot is fire certified the idea is that they will be exposed to heat and a side zipper boot could actually burn the wearer due to the metal of the zipper heating.

Most side zip boots do not offer insulation against extreme heat under the zipper. However, the Haix incorporates the front zipper to allow the convenience of a side zipper boot with the safety of an enclosed boot model. Haix offers a 1-year limited warranty for this product.

Boot Features:

  • Engineered in Germany
  • Dual Certified for Wildland Firefighting and EMS
  • Secura Liner® – will never wrinkle up or pull out over time
  • CROSSTECH® inner liner, waterproof, breathable, bacteria, chemical, and bloodborne pathogen-resistant
  • HAIX® Sun Reflect leather keeps feet cooler in direct sunlight
  • HAIX® Arch Support System supports your foot in its natural, ideal position
  • HAIX® Climate System for temperature balance
  • HAIX® Lacing System offers the entry and exit of a zipper boot with the personal fit of a lace-up boot
  • Carbon protective toe cap and exterior rubber toe cap
  • Puncture protection sole
  • Heat resistant rubber sole
  • ASTM certified for electrical hazard resistance (EH rated)


  • Excellent comfort and reliability
  • NFPA Certified for wildland fire and EMS
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Resistant
  • Purpose Designed for the First Responder
  • German Made
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty


  • Can Not Be Resoled

5. Danner Wildland Tactical Firefighter Work Boot

Danner Men's 18050 Wildland Tactical Firefighter 8

Danner’s second entry onto this list is also an NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) certified boot.

The Wildland Tactical Firefighter Work Boot is an excellent choice for EMTs and Paramedics that are looking for a boot durable enough for the harsh conditions of wildland firefighting and comfortable enough for long shifts on their feet.

The boot features tough leather construction and a Vibram outsole for great traction on a variety of surfaces. These boots require very little in terms of a break-in period.

Danner is a US-based manufacturer and these boots are made in the USA. It should be noted that these boots are not waterproof and are offered as an alternative to the Hiax Boots above.


  • ASTM F2892-11 EH, NFPA 1977: 2016 edition certified
  • Supreme Comfort
  • USA Made
  • Vibram Outsole
  • Built for wilderness firefighting


  • No side zip
  • Not Waterproof

The Top 5 Best Women’s EMT Boots

These boots are featured because they are specifically designed for women EMS providers. When selecting the boots on this list we wanted boots that were comfortable and functional. While we were reviewing this list, we realized that many of the offerings on this list are not sized for our EMT and Paramedic sisters.

6. 5.11 Women’s ATAC 2.0 8″ Tactical Side-Zip Storm Military Combat Boot

5.11 Women's ATAC 2.0 8

It is no secret that we at love the 5.11 brand. I have personally worn primarily ATAC storms over my decade-long EMS career. The ATAC 2.0 Storm improves on the original design.

The boot is great. Great fit, great, durability, great price. 5.11 makes products for first responders and is a leader in tactical gear.

Let us talk about traction. The Storm is oil and slip-resistant, these boots are also blood-born pathogen-proof. The toe is made from durable suede leather and is polishable. 

The boot utilizes 5.11’s SlipStream waterproof membrane. This membrane allows your feet to stay dry and cool. Its shock mitigation sole lets you stay on your feet all day or night.

Working a 24-hour shift? These boots are easy on and off with their YKK side zippers. My only complaint about these boots is they have a little longer of a break-in period.

But once these boots are broken in, they are some of the most comfortable boots you will ever own.


  • Side Zip
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Proof
  • Waterproof SlipStream Membrane
  • Oil and Slip-resistant
  • Best value fits nicely under most company boot allowances


  • Break-in a period longer than other brands

7. Bates Women’s GX-8 Gore-Tex Side Zip Boot

Bates Women's GX-8 Gore-Tex Waterproof Side Zip Boot, Black, 9 M US

The Bates Women’s GX-8 Side Zip Boot is one of the best pairs of EMS footwear on the market. This boot is appropriate for all seasons, is waterproof, and has a little break-in period.

One of the greatest things about this boot is its use of GORE-TEX lining. GORE-TEX allows the boot to be waterproof and breathe at the same time.  A common complaint of waterproof boots is their lack of breathability. EMS workers tend to work long shifts on their feet and these boots help keep your feet dry and cool.

These boots are lightweight with YKK side zips that allow you to take your boots on and off quickly (useful for those of us working 24-hour shifts).  This is a complete EMT boot that will last years in the field and allow you to do your job comfortably.

This is also the most recommended boot when we asked female providers their boot of choice. Chances are if you look around your co-workers are wearing Bates GX-8 Boots.


  • Side Zip
  • Gore-Tex Waterproof Lining
  • Slip Resistant Lining


  • Mid Price Boot, might be outside some boot allowances
  • Not resoleable

8. Reebok Women’s 8″ Sublite Cushion Tactical Boot 

Reebok Women's Sublite Cushion Tactical RB806 Military & Tactical Boot, Black, 7 M US

Reebok is typically associated with athletic shoes and apparel. The Reebok Women’s 8″ Sublite Cushion Tactical Boot is an evolution of their athletic line expanding into the workplace. This is a tough boot designed to handle the job while keeping your feet happy.

The main selling point of the Reebok Sublite is its namesake. These boots are very lightweight when compared to other tactical boots. In fact, wearing these boots is more akin to wearing a running shoe than a boot. Its MemoryTech foam footbed adapts to the feet and is perfect for long shifts.

The outer construction is made from leather and ballistic nylon, it should be noted that these boots are not completely waterproof so you should avoid them if you are working in wet conditions.

However, these are also some of the most breathable boots we have tried out. They wick moisture away and help keep your feel free of sweat and odor.

These boots hug your feet nicely and are very flexible. There is a short break-in period as with any boot. This is a great boot from a veteran footwear maker. Personally, we are excited to see that Reebok is making a quality tactical boot. 


  • Moisture Wicking Ballistic Nylon Mesh
  • MemoryTech Massaging Footbed
  • Feels More Like a Shoe Than a Boot


  • Water Resitant, not Waterproof
  • They Do Not Last as Long as Other Boots

9. Under Armour Women’s Stryker Military and Tactical Boot

The comfort pick. The Under Armour Women’s Stryker Military Boot is built for providers that spend all day on their feet.  These are boots that do not feel like boots. They give you the feeling of wearing shoes, yet maintain the functionality of tactical boots.

They are extremely lightweight. You have a tactical boot here that weighs less than a pound. 15.2 ounces.  This is one of the lightest boots in the industry. The Stryker is extremely breathable and will keep your feet dry.

They are water-resistant and will handle ice and snow. I would avoid the puddles though. However, adding some warm waterproof socks in the winter can solve this issue. This boot is best suited for workers in environments that do not have to worry about large amounts of rain.

Shout out to you California or Arizona EMS providers.

This is the most comfortable women’s boot on this list. Our only complaints are its lack of a side sip and it not being completely waterproof.


  • Supreme comfort
  • Under 1lb
  • Feels like a shoe performs like a boot


  • Not Waterproof
  • No Sidezipper

10. Danner Women’s Kinetic 6 Inch Boot

Danner Women's Kinetic 6 Inch Boot,Black,10.5 M US

Danner is known as a quality boot company and the Kinetic 6-inch boot does not disappoint. This is a nice 6-inch boot. Some of you might not want a full 8-inch boot but still want the ankle support of a boot.

The Danner boot is made of full-grain leather and ripstop fabric. They are also Gore-Tex lined, so they are waterproof and allow your feet to breathe.  The boots feature a speed lacing system instead of a side zip. However, you are trading the side zip for great ankle support.

I bought a pair of these, and I was surprised by how well my ankle was supported in a 6-inch boot. I eventually went back to a side sip boot due to working 24-hour shifts.

It all comes down to preference. Do you want a full boot, do you need a side sip? Or do you prefer the weight of a 6-inch boot? The kinetic is a good boot. The drawback of this boot is mainly the price. For a little less you can get an ATAC Storm. For a little more you can get the full-featured Moab or Bates boot.

However, both these boots are full-size boots and if that isn’t your preference then these are a strong contender.


  • Gore-Tex Waterproof Lining
  • Speed Lacing
  • Full-grain leather
  • Excellent Ankle Support


  • No Side Zip
  • On the expensive side for what you get

5 of the Best Mid Range Priced EMT Boots

The next five boots on this list were selected with the midrange purchaser in mind. Some companies will buy an EMS worker a pair of boots every year or every two years. However, it is likely that there is a limit in how much an EMT or Paramedic can spend on the boot.

This list is focused on the best possible boot that should fall within the allowance that an EMS company will provide its workers.

11. 5.11 A.T.A.C. Storm 2.0 8″ Side Zip Boot – Authors Pick!

5.11 Men's ATAC 2.0 8

This is my most recommended boot. The 5.11 A.T.A.C Storm. I have owned multiple pairs of these boots and they are my preferred EMS boot. The typical lifespan with proper care is around 3-4 years.

These boots stand up to the harsh Michigan winters and the road salt that comes with it. They are very comfortable, the shock-absorbing heel is perfect for being on your feet all day. The 5.11 A.T.A.C Storm boots are my go-to footwear for the field.

The A.T.A.C. Storm is very lightweight and feels like wearing a sneaker as opposed to an 8″ boot. They are waterproof and extremely breathable. My feet always stay dry, and that is important.

Working with wet feet is not only an uncomfortable experience but prolonged work in those conditions can be unhealthy. Moisture-wicking boot socks are also a good addition to extremely comfortable work experiences for long hours on your feet.

These are great duty boots for those that are looking for a quality product that falls under most EMS companies’ boot allowance.

These boots are non-serviceable.

Features and Specs:

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Resistant
  • Side-zip
  • Cushioned Ortholite® insole
  • Hypertext lasting board
  • Injection-molded Phylon midsole
  • Non-metallic shank
  • Oil- and slip-resistant outsole
  • Semi-rigid heel and toe reinforcement
  • Waterproof, breathable, and BBP-resistant
  • Full-grain leather
  • Covert tactical pocket
  • 5.11® Shock Mitigation System
  • YKK® zippers
  • Sausage laces
  • Odor Control technology


  • Light Weight and Comfortable
  • Durable construction that will last a few winters
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Resistant
  • Side Zip
  • Waterproof


  • Unserviceable
  • Extended Break-In Period

12. Thorogood 8” Side-Zip Jump Boot Gen-flex

Thorogood Men's 834-7991 Gen-Flex2 Series 8" Waterproof Tactical Side Zip Boot, Black - 4 M US

Thorogood is an American Boot company that has been around since 1892. Their boots are American Made and tough. Gen-Flex boots are very comfortable. Once you break them in. I owned a pair of these for almost 3 years.

I bought them because the uniform supplier my company was using did not carry the 5.11 brand. I gave these boots a try. I was not disappointed. They look sharp and handle the rigors of the road.

I found that my 5.11’s lasted a bit longer, but as far as comfort goes they are about equal. Again once these boots are broken in. Prior to breaking them in these boots are stiff, they took a bit to get used to. The Thorogood Gen-Flex Jump Boot is a strong boot for any street EMT or Medic.

Features and Specs:

  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 8.5″ from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1.5″
  • Platform measures approximately 1 inch
  • Ankle-high work boot with oil-tanned leather upper featuring high-shine polished toe cap and heel counter


  • Great Ankle Support
  • A Sharp and Good Looking Boot
  • USA and Union Made
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
  • ASTM F11677-05, ASTM F2913-11 Certified


  • Not Waterproof
  • Not Very breathable

13. Danner Kinetic 8” GTX Uniform Boot

Danner Men’s Kinetic 8” GTX Uniform Boot, Black, 10 D US

The Kinetic GTX Uniform Boot is a lightweight, agile, and responsive offering from Danner Boots. These boots are one of the lowest-priced boots that offer the Gore-Tex waterproof liner.

These boots were intended for the police officer market and function superbly in urban settings. If they are fantastic for the boys in blue then they are perfect for the street EMT or Paramedic.

The Kinetic features a slip-resistant rubber outsole with good traction on wet and dry pavement. Its full-grain leather build allows for the boot to be polished and maintained with ease.

They also feature rip-stop nylon construction for added durability. The boots themselves will outlast the outsole which, sadly, is not recraftable. While the boot lacks a side zip, they are equipped with speed laces.

While these boots are probably the priciest of our midrange offerings they are probably the best quality boot you will find in its category. The only reason this boot is not the author’s choice is that the price might put it outside the range of some EMS company’s boot allowances (they were at my company).


  • Amazing Boot
  • Gore-Tex Waterproof Lining
  • Very Comfortable
  • Designed for Urban Environments
  • Speed Lacing


  • Not Recraftable
  • No Side Zip

14. Under Armour Valsetz RTS

Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS 1.5 Militaryand Tactical Boot, Black (001)/Black, 8

The comfort pick on our mid-range list. The Under Armour Valsetz is a tactical boot that thinks it is shoes. Another offering that was designed to be police footwear, these boots warrant consideration for EMS professionals as well.

These boots fit like a second skin and are extremely breathable. They are perfect for workers that are employed in hot environments. These boots are great for responders that work in controlled areas (like a factory setting) or that function as security guard EMTs.

These boots, however, would not be recommended for a street medic as they are not as durable as other boots. The comfort of this footwear comes at a price.

Boot Details:

  • UA ClutchFit™ technology wraps your ankle with a lightweight “second skin” for a powerful support & incredible feel
  • Synthetic leather & textile upper with welded, abrasion-resistant film around the perimeter of the foot
  • Full-length Micro G® foam turns cushioned landings into explosive takeoffs
  • Lightweight TPU shank for mid-foot support & the right amount of rigidity
  • Molded Ortholite® sock liner is designed with a memory foam top & PU base
  • Low-profile rubber lug sole
  • TPU toe cap
  • Height: 7″
  • Weight: 26 oz.


  • Supreme Comfort
  • Side zip for easy on and off action
  • Excellent in dry urban settings
  • Perfect for the security guard EMT market.


  • Not waterproof
  • Reported Durability Issues

15. Original S.W.A.T. Classic 9″ Side Zip

Original S.W.A.T. Men's Classic 9" Side Zip Work Boot, Black, 10.5 2E US

The Classic 9″ side zip boot by Original S.W.A.T. was the very first boot I ever owned in my EMS career.

I bought these boots because I needed a boot as part of my clinical rotations in EMT school. These boots served me well and provided me with an excellent experience.

I kept these boots as I entered the EMS workforce back in 2006. It was February, and it was a snowy Michigan winter. Though the Classic 9″ is not waterproof my feet stayed dry.

I would not walk through deep puddles with these boots. These are included on this list because they are very affordable and good-quality boots.

It occupies a niche that exists between what I would rate as a mid-range priced boot and entry-level boot. These boots are constructed of durable leather and canvas and feature a side zip to make these boots convenient for station duty boots. Easy on and easy off.

Your feet are supported by a steel shank, which also provides protection from punctures. The side zip is durable with YKK zippers. This is a fantastic first EMT boot, or as a mainstay for workers that do not have to worry about water. The canvas construction makes the boot very breathable which is important for long hours on the job.

Boot Features:

  • Leather and canvas
  • Rubber sole
  • YKK® side-zipper for easy on and off fit with hook and loop closure
  • Steel shank for superior support
  • Foam-padded collar and tongue for protection and increased breathability
  • Full-grain leather / 1000 denier nylon upper for improved durability and comfort
  • Classic outsole: slip and oil-resistant
  • non-marking rubber
  • exceeds the ASTM F2913-11 test standards


  • Comfortable fit, with a little break-in period
  • Breathable canvas construction
  • Full Grain Leather for easy polish
  • Great traction on wet and dry pavement


  • Not waterproof
  • Lacks sausage style laces, consider an upgraded lace

5 More Great EMS Boots That Won’t Break the Bank

The last five boots on this list were selected with the entry-level EMT in mind. Either they do not have the budget for more expensive boots, they are budget conscious, or are a student.

Even if an EMS company has a uniform and boot allowance in most cases the EMT will have to provide their first pair. The following boots cost around the same price as a pair of shoes.

16. Bates Ultra-Lites 8 Inches Tactical Sport Side-Zip Boot – BEST FOR THE MONEY!

Bates Men's Ultra-Lites 8 Inches Tactical Sport Side Zip Work Boot,Black,10 M US

Bates Footwear is a very good and respected brand of tactical footwear. I have owned 1 pair of these and I was happy with the boot. The Bates Ultra-Lights have features of more expensive boots at a price that fits into any budget.

My pair lasted 2 years before I had to replace them. This was mostly due to wear on the soul than on the boot itself. They are breathable, waterproof and comfortable.

This boot lives up to its designation of Ultra-Light.

These boots feel more like athletic shoes than boots when worn. They provided excellent heel support and I would recommend these boots to a new EMT or an EMT Student, due to the low cost and durability.

I prefer the 5.11’s as they are more comfortable for me but these boots are probably the best value for performance.

Features and Specs:

  • Leather/Fabric
  • Waterproof
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately “Mid Calf” from arch
  • High-top work shoe featuring lace-up vamp and breathable lining
  • Cushioned removable insert
  • Lightweight cement construction
  • Durable and slip-resistant outsole


  • Amazing Boot has features of more expensive boots for a budget price.
  • Breathable Leather and Fabric Construction
  • Side Zip
  • Slip Resistant Rubber Sole


  • Not Recraftable

17. Maelstrom TAC FORCE 8

Maelstrom Men's TAC FORCE 8 Inch Military Tactical Duty Work Boot with Zipper, Black, 11.5 M US

At first, I was going to dismiss the Maelstrom TAC FORCE 8. How could a boot this cheap be any good? The TAC FORCE fits the definition of a good cheap boot.

These boots are made of leather and nylon fabric, they are not waterproof, however, they are durable. They feature YKK side zippers and a moisture-wicking lining to keep your feet dry during long shifts.

If you absolutely need a bottom budget quality boot then give these a try. You will be surprised at its durability and comfort. Nothing much to say here. It is a good boot at a good price.

Boot Features:

  • Leather and Fabric
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 7″ from arch
  • Polish-able leather and nylon upper. Breathable moisture-wicking lining. Slip, oil-resistant rubber outsole
  • Removable high-performance shock-absorbent cushion inserts for all-day comfort. Padded collar and tongue for extra comfort
  • Lightweight, shock-absorbing molded midsole. Athletic cemented construction with toe stitched
  • YKK heavy duty side zipper with closure for fast on and off. Composite shank for stability and support
  • One year manufacturer warranty.


  • Unbeatable price
  • All-day comfort
  • Great traction
  • Lightweight


  • Not Waterproof

18. Smith & Wesson Breach 2.0 Tactical Boots

Smith & Wesson Footwear Men's Breach 2.0 Tactical Size Zip Boots, Black, 10.5

Most people know Smith & Wesson as a firearm manufacturer. However, recently this company has branched out into the tactical apparel market.

The Smith & Wesson Breach 2.0 Tactical Boot is their entry into the tactical footwear market. This boot is a decent offering for police and EMS personnel. S&W puts the same craftsmanship into their boot as they do their weapons.

The Breach is constructed of leather and nylon and features a gusseted tongue to keep out dirt and debris.

The boot also features an EVA Midsole that gives lightweight comfort and includes a steel shank for added support.

The boot is not waterproof, however, S&W does offer a waterproof version of this boot.

Boot Features:

• Leather/nylon upper for added protection and comfort
• YKK® side zipper in durable Viston® pattern for easy on and off fit with hook and loop tab-stay closure
• PU Collar for easy cleaning
• Foam-padded collar and tongue for protection and increased breathability
• Gusseted tongue to keep dirt and debris out
• EVA Midsole for lightweight comfort and cradled support
• Steel shank for superior support
• Board-lasted construction for torsional rigidity, reducing foot fatigue during long work shifts
• Slip-resistant, non-marking rubber outsole
• Available in both 6” and 9” height


  • Great support for long shifts
  • YKK Side Zipper
  • Slip-resistant


  • Not waterproof

19. 5.11 Tactical A.T.A.C. 6″ Side Zip Boot

5.11 Men's ATAC 2.0 6

This boot is virtually identical to the Storm, with its slip-resistant outsole, its non-metallic shank, and its moisture-wicking lining.

The A.T.A.C. is a smart choice for the buyer that wants a good boot at a good price.

Boot Features:

  • Open-cell foam cushion
  • Cushioned Ortholite® insole
  • Hypertext lasting board
  • Injection-molded Phylon midsole
  • Non-metallic shank
  • Oil and slip-resistant outsole
  • Semi-rigid heel and toe reinforcement
  • Moisture-wicking lining
  • Full-grain leather
  • 5.11® Shock Mitigation System®
  • Sausage laces
  • Polishable toe


  • Fit more like shoes than boots
  • Durable full-grain leather with polishable toe
  • Keeps your feet dry
  • Non-Metallic shank, airport safe.
  • YKK Side Zipper


  • Not Waterproof

20. Under Armour Stellar Tac

Under Armour Men's Stellar Tac, Black (001)/Black, 10.5

Under Armour’s Stellar Tac Tactical Boot rounds out this list. Ironically I feel this is the most durable of their offerings.

This minimal design is designed for police and first responders. It features a lightweight shoe feel with the ruggedness of a boot.

This leather and textile boot is a good option if you are concerned with comfort. The boot features a molded EVA midsole with a reinforced TPU shank for protection & support.

While not waterproof, these boots feature a quick-dry technology and a moisture-wicking lining to keep feet comfortable.

Boot Features:

  • Leather, Textile
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately ankle-high from arch
  • DWR treated Leather & 900D nylon textile upper
  • Polishable toe
  • Quick-dry minimalist design
  • Anti-odor technology is applied to molded Ortholite® sock liner to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes
  • Molded EVA midsole with reinforced TPU shank for protection & support


  • Under Armour’s Most Durable Boot
  • Superb Comfort
  • Quick-Drying and Moisture Wicking Technologies
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  • Not Waterproof
  • No Side Zip

A Guide to buying EMT/Paramedic Boots in 2020

1. EMS duty boots must be compliant with foot protection standards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires under Regulation 1910.136 that employers provide protective footwear for personnel who work in establishments or areas where there is a likelihood of foot injuries that can happen in places where their lower extremities are significantly exposed to hazards. For instance, stepping on a needle. Will your boot protect your feet from punctures?

Although OSHA sets safety rules, it is the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) that sets the standards.

ASTM standard (F2413-05) refers to the minimum requirements for the design, testing, performance, and classification after having passed the first requirements of impact and compression resistance of the footwear.

Impact test – EMS boots should need to meet either 50 or 75 testing criteria, this is measured by dropping a weight from a predetermined height at a specified speed on top of the toe cap.

  • I/50 will shield your toes from impacts of up to 50-foot pounds while
  • I/75 rating will likewise protect the toes from impacts of up to 75-foot pounds.

Compression test – the boots must satisfy one of two criteria for compression rating, by applying a measured load up to the specified number of pounds needed to cause the toe cap starts to crush or break.

  • C/50 rating will protect the toes from a maximum of 1750-pound compressive loads
  • C/75 rating protects the toes from a maximum of 2500-pound loads.

2. EMS work boots must protect the EMT from job hazards.

Protective footwear comes either as steel-toed or with a composite toe cap. Either way, these “shields” are designed to keep toes safe.

EMS boots should keep feet safe. Look for boots that comply with the above compression and impact tests. Make sure the sole is sturdy, many come with a hard plastic plate on the bottom. Boots should be waterproof and slip-resistant. The treads should have a good grip on many different surfaces.

EMTs and Paramedics will encounter these common job hazards.

  • Adverse Weather Conditions.
  • Hazardous Materials on medical scenes, such as sharp metal, broken glass, chemical substances.
  • Exposure to biohazards like blood, vomit, and feces.

Think about all the places an EMT or Paramedic will have to walk. All of that environment the boots are exposed to. A good pair of boots, along with gloves, are a medical responder’s first line of defense in the field.

3. They must be well-fitting.

Be sure that boots fit correctly. Buying the wrong size of boots will negatively impact the job performance of emergency personnel. Before purchasing a pair of boots, be sure to know your size as well if you need regular or wide-fitting boots. Side Zippers are a huge benefit as they allow EMS providers to get in and out of boots quickly.

For example, a crew is stationed at a station (IE a firefighter). Having Side Zip boots allows them to remove the boot with ease and put them back on when the need arises and the responder has to get out the door.

4. The boots must be comfortable.

EMS personnel tend to work long shifts. 12 or 24 hours is a long time to spend in a pair of boots. It is important to get materials that breathe. Look for boots that are made from waterproof materials like Gore-Tex or some other advanced material. All leather boots are not recommended, as there is little airflow and this can result in blisters.

5. Look for reputable brands.

Brand name boots typically are of better quality. They have the market research and resources to ensure that the product being produced is not only quality but complies with safety standards. Brand name companies usually offer replacement programs for defective products.