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Running in Combat Boots, Made Comfortable.

Running in Combat Boots? It doesn't have to be painful if you have good boots for running. If you're a police officer, soldier, or security guard, you'll be grateful to have a solid pair of boots that are built to move. This article explains the design features of the best boots for running.

Below are a some features of good, athletically designed tactical boots for running:

  • A Good Fit. If you're running in combat boots, you want boots that are snug but not too tight. Your heel shouldn't wiggle at all when chasing perps or quickly relocating your position.
  • Traction. A solid outsole will help you keep your stride, and prevent you from slipping when sprinting around tight corners.
  • Flexibility. When your foot moves, it flexes. Flexible boots offer a wider range of motion.
  • Breathable. A breathable boot means sweat doesn't accumulate as much. And if you're running hard, you're going to sweat.
  • Lightweight. The more weight on your feet, the more effort you have to exert when running. Opt for lightweight boots to make running in combat boots a breeze.

Why is it important to have combat boots built for running?

It matters if you're in the army or part of the police. After all, we're guessing SEAL Team Six didn't walk up to Bin Laden. Being part of an elite combat unit means swiftly and strategically relocating positions. It means improvising on the go. It means treading lightly and keeping quiet. It means you can’t have your grandaddy’s old-fashioned trench boots weighing you down.

Failure to pay attention to the minor details is what often ends up compromising missions. Whether it’s stepping on a branch during a stealth operation or accidentally moving evidence at a crime scene, carelessness leads to mistakes that cannot be undone.

Don’t let a lousy pair of boots be your mistake. If you’re a law enforcement officer or solider, odds are you realize how critical boots are to the job. A solid pair of boots not only protect you from the elements, but also help you run fast enough to reach objectives on time.

Athletic Tactical Boots for Running

It’s amazing to think there was a time when heavy combat boots were the standard. Thankfully, brands like Magnum have since improved on traditional combat boots, designing them for performance on the field.

When was the last time you saw a police officer walk after a criminals? It isn't called a hot pursuit for nothing. Officers of the law need to run fast in order to capture fleeing criminals. A rigid, bulky boot just won’t cut it – policemen need athletic running boots.

Law enforcement officers and soldiers alike need boots for both conditioning and on-field performance. For example, to be accepted into the Navy SEALs, all enlistees must attend and graduate from a 24-week course known as BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL). If you watch the video below, trainees are running constantly, and should be able to run a minimum of 30 miles a week just to stay in shape.

Before you can even qualify for being accepted into the military, you need to learn how to run in boots. Your running boots for boot camp can either weigh you down or give you an edge during rigorous training exercises. It's the recruit's choice. But if you actually want to survive "Hell Week," investing in a pair of boots designed for running would be wise.


Whether you need boots for hiking mountains, constructing houses, or hunting criminals, comfortable working boots are key to performance. Uncomfortable shoes are just about the last thing you want to worry about on the job. Padded midsoles and insoles help cushion your feet, and will absorb shock when sprinting. At Magnum, most of our boots are outfitted with a cushioned EVA midsole.


Great traction is important no matter where you’re running. Concrete, sand, or grass – it just doesn’t matter. Traction is what’s going to allow you to stop shortly, or pivot on the go. Criminals are running for their lives, and will do or say just about anything to get away. Officers need boots with deep lugs so they can make sharp turns and stop quickly.

Don’t get juked.

Only the highest quality outsoles with provide you with superior traction. It’s why Magnum boots always have outsoles with deep groove and quality materials. High acceleration isn’t enough – you need to be able to stop as quick as you start.


Good running shoes are flexible. Same with tactical running boots. Historically, combat boots were constructed to be durable, not agile. However, modern boots like the best-selling Stealth Force are intended for professionals needing boots made for performance and durability.

With each stride, your foot flexes. The front half of your shoe twists slightly and lifts upwards. A flexible construction makes running easier by allowing your foot a wider range of motion and providing comfort with each step.


Giving it 100% is going to make you sweat. That means if your job requires you to run, sprint, or exert yourself in any way on your feet, you’re going to want a pair of boots that are breathable. Old-school combat boots were stifling – they were made with full-grain leather and no ventilation. They were ideal for enduring harsh jungles and deserts, but those old, clunky boots are definitely not ideal for running.

A police or military boot needs ventilation. Otherwise, your feet will become sweaty which can lead to blisters and/or bacterial infections. Boots like the Response III offer breathable materials built right into the uppers. Look for mesh exteriors and breathable bootie membranes as core features in a running boot.

Lightweight Tactical Boots

What’s the most important aspect of a tactical boot built for running? Weight. There’s nothing worse than trying to sprint in a pair of clunky boots not designed for running. And if you’re in the police force or military, you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time in one place.

You spend a lot more time hauling ass.

Think about it: with each step you take, you are lifting a foot and placing it in front of the other. When running, you are taking many steps in quick succession. So would you rather lift a heavier boot or lighter boot with each step?

That was rhetorical. Of course you would rather a lighter boots.

Athletes look for the lightest shoes possible because it means they have to lift less weight each time they take a step. However, when designing a tactical boot built for running, you have to take other features into consideration. The lightest materials won’t necessarily protect you in harsh climates or dangerous terrains.

Look for boots that balance performance with protection. The Viper 8.0 balances materials that are both lightweight and durable. After all, it’s not enough to have boots for running miles on the track.

You also need boots tough enough to kick in doors when necessary.

Why Run in Boots at All?

Some jobs require running in boots. Especially positions in the Military, EMS, and Law enforcement. Boots provide more protection than below-the-heel shoes which is critical for jobs where you’re regularly required to put yourself in the midst of hazardous conditions.

Most police officers and soldiers wear 8 in. boots that come up the calf. The upper's material protects their ankles and calves from water, snow, and any hazardous materials they may come across. An 8 in. boot also provides additional ankle support – something very important for police officers making sharp turns in tight, urban spaces.

Just make sure your running boots work for you. Whether your boots are for running or construction work, make sure your boots fit properly. Also, waterproofing materials will help keep your feet dry should you be forced to run through inclement weather conditions. Make sure your boots come pre-waterproofed, and stay up to date with caring for your boots – including regular waterproofing treatments when the barrier begins breaking down.

Wrapping Up

Running in boots may sound odd to most, but investing in boots designed for running is a smart idea if you have a rigorous job like a cop or soldier. Now that you know what to look for in running boots, just remember to lace your shoes up right. The best boot in the world won’t prevent you from tripping over your own laces when pursuing a criminal. Remember these tips when searching for running boots:

  • Padded insoles and midsoles help absorb shock when running.
  • Traction keeps your feet from slipping. Look for running boots with deep lugs.
  • A breathable boot ventilates your feet, helping to keep your feet dry when running hard.
  • The lighter the boot, the faster you can run.
  • Lightness is important, but don’t compromise light footwear for safe and durable footwear.