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AR 670-1 Army Authorized Boots Rules & Regulations

Not all military boots are US Army approved. To be eligible for use in the US Military, AR 670-1 army approved boots are a must. In recent years, the Army changed they're credentials for boots authorized military use.

Below are just a few of the changes. To be considered AR670-1 army authorized boots, your military boots must be:

  • Tan in color
  • Made without synthetic mesh
  • 8-10 inches in height
  • Without side-zips or velcro
  • Made with either rubber or polyurethane outsoles

Magnum Military Boots Designed for Desert Combat

Every year, the FBI closes tens of thousands of investigations, ensuring the freedom and safety of American citizens. When the FBI approached us with a request for a revolutionary tactical boot design, we directed all our efforts into designing a boot worthy of heroes.

Hence, the Magnum Original was born. The FBI specifically wanted a boot designed for performance. Historically speaking, tactical boots were big, clunky boots that – although durable – were not intended for the sharp turns and flexible movements necessary for navigating urban environments.

City streets and apartment blocks are riddled with obstacles that pose a challenge when gathering intelligence and executing anti-terrorist operations. Once FBI agents around the country began to rave about the lightweight, high-performance capabilities of the Original, demand skyrocketed in the law enforcement and security fields.

After Magnum’s initial tactical boot success, we looked forward. Naturally, after outfitting the FBI with boots equipped for taking on domestic threats, our eyes focused on designing boots for the soldiers fighting tirelessly overseas who sacrifice their civilian lives to protect our freedoms every day. This release took place as the Cold War was drawing to a close. Soon after releasing the Original Magnum, we unveiled a new line of desert boots specifically catered to desert warfare - just in time for Operation Desert Storm.

With this new style of combat boot, soldiers reported greater maneuverability in combat zones. Since the boots were athletically built – a fusion between running shoes and traditional, hefty combat boots – the explosive sprints and sharp turns necessitated by combat were more easily accomplished.

Warfare in the Middle East necessitated hardy boots that could hold up to extreme heat and difficult terrains. In 2002, Magnum officially separated from its parent company, Hi-Tec, and developed the Elite Force tactical – the first-ever globally certified tactical footwear collection. Magnum’s desert boots are NATO-approved and are built to handle the most inhospitable deserts in the world.

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Army Approved Boots

But, things have changed since we began making army boots.

These days, with the enactment of AR 670-1 protocol in March 2014, there is now a stricter policy regarding the appearance of those serving in the U.S. army. Among these restrictions are the specs in boot designs.

Along with a change in policy regarding standard issue combat boots – boots issued by the army to first-hand – AR 670-1 also affects optional boots. AR670 states “As an option, Soldiers may wear commercial boots of a design similar to that of the Army combat boot (tan), as authorized by the commander.”

Always check with your commanding officer before sporting optional boots.

AR 670-1 calls for a very specific boot type, causing many previously popular combat boots to fall under the category of unauthorized army boots. Optional army boots must comply with the following criterion to be categorized as army approved boots:

AR 670-1 Boot Compliance

  • Rough side out cattle-hide leather. Tan in color.
  • Must be constructed of all leather or combination of leather and non-mesh fabric. Synthetic leather and mesh materials are prohibited.
  • Soling material cannot exceed a total height of 2 in. The sole cannot extend pass the back of the heel or over the top of the toe.
  • Soling system must have similar color to tan uppers.
  • The only authorized outsole materials are rubber and polyether polyurethane.
  • Boot height must be between 8-10 in.
  • The toe must be plain colored.
  • Side-zip and and Velcro inserts are prohibited.

Army Authorized: The Stealth Force 8.0

In 2006, the Magnum Stealth Force was the #1 selling uniform boot in the world. And it’s still the go-to tactical boots for Law Enforcement, Ambulance, Fire, and Security Professionals around the world. If you’re searching for reliable, army approved boots, the Stealth Force 8.0 is for you.


Magnum Stealth Force

The Stealth Force offers a U.S. army compliant rubber outsole with deep lugs for superior traction. At the ball of the foot, there is a 360 degree design for stable pivoting and greater agility in tight spaces. Ladder notches under the arch provide a secure grip, so you can keep your footing on the toughest terrains.


The boot surface is made with nubuck, a soft leather comparable to suede. However, where suede is created from the inner side of a hide, nubuck is made from the outside. It’s tough, yet it’s stronger and thicker than suede.

Fine nubuck leather is complemented by army approved 1680 denier ballistic heavy duty nylon for added flexibility. The full lacing system includes a v-notch for greater a greater range of movement. This shoe is designed athletically while still maintaining its army regulation compliance.


Internally, the boot is made for comfort. A removable M-PACT sock liner provides cushioning with contoured memory foam. The substance molds to the shape of your feet, making it a go-to insole for soldiers, law enforcement officers, and EMT professionals alike.

Army Boot Regulations: Excerpt From DA PAM 670-1

Below, see the full excerpt regarding boot regulations straight from 670-1 itself:

a. Boots, combat, tan, leather. The Army combat boots (HW and temperate weather) are clothing bag issue items.

  1. (1) Description. (The two types of issue Army combat boots (HW and temperate weather) are made of flesh-side out cattlehide leather with a plain toe and tan outsoles. Soldiers are required to possess two pairs of issue Army combat boots (HW) and one pair of issue Army combat boots (temperate weather) (specification) boots.
    1. (a) The issue Army combat boot, HW, is made of tan-colored, flesh-side out cattlehide leather and nylon duck upper, removable cushioned insert, a closed loop speed lace system, and drainage eyelets.
    2. (b) The issue Army combat boot, temperate weather, is made of tan-colored, flesh-side out cattlehide leather and nylon upper, a weatherproof-breathable membrane with limited flame resistance, conduction heat resistance and liquid fuel penetration protection, removable insert, and a closed loop speed lace system.
  2. (2) How Worn.
    1. (a) The boots are laced diagonally with tan laces, with the excess lace tucked into the top of the boot under bloused trousers or slacks, or wrapped around the top of the boot. Metal or plastic cleats and side tabs are not authorized for wear. Sewn-in or laced-in zipper or hook-and-loop inserts are not authorized.
    2. (b) Rubber or pure polyether polyurethane soles are the only outsole material that currently meets the need for durability and traction on surfaces in multiple environments and temperature ranges. Other materials (that may be of a lighter weight) may have significant problems in these areas.
  3. (3) Optional boots.
    1. (a) As an option, Soldiers may wear commercial boots of a design similar to that of the Army combat boot (tan), as authorized by the commander. The boots must be between 8 to 10 inches in height and made of tan flesh-side out cattlehide leather, with a plain toe and a soling system matching the color of the tan upper materials. Rubber and polyether polyurethane are the only outsole materials that are authorized. The soling materials will not exceed 2 inches in height, when measured from the bottom of the outsole, and will not extend up the back of the heel or boot or over the top of the toe. The exterior of the boot upper will not contain mesh but will be constructed of either all leather or a combination of leather and nonmesh fabric. Soldiers may wear optional boots in lieu of the Army combat boot (tan), as authorized by the commander; however, they do not replace issue boots as a mandatory possession item.
    2. (b) Optional boots are not authorized for wear when the commander issues and prescribes standard organizational footwear for safety or environmental reasons (such as insulated boots or safety shoes). Personnel may wear specialty boots authorized for wear by specific groups of Soldiers, such as the tanker boot, only if the commander authorizes such wear. Soldiers may not wear optional boots in formation when uniformity in appearance is required.