What Makes Our Boot Better?
Tactical Performance Matters
This is more than just a tagline to us. It is our most important core value. We know that your job requires more of your boots than of any other part of your uniform. That is why we design and engineer Original S.W.A.T.® boots to meet your demands. We will go TOE to TOE with any other boot in the market to prove that our boots are the leaders in performance, quality and value.
The Last Matters
The last is the molded foot form around which a boot is designed and built. The last determines the available space inside the boot and contributes significantly to the fit and comfort of the boot. All Original S.W.A.T.® footwear is made on the same boot last. Each company uses its own last and therefore, all boots fit differently. Our last was developed using the most modern computer-aided-design technology. This modern approach has enabled us to most accurately reflect the needs of today’s end user. Some products that are offered by older, more traditional manufacturers are using lasts that have not changed since the 1940′s. Since that time, the weight and foot shape of the average person has changed significantly. To provide the correct level of comfort and support, the last needs to be of a modern shape and design.
The Weight Matters
Lose 18,000 pounds in A DAY. You can actually have energy when you get home after a shift! For every 1 ounce more that a pair of boots weighs, that equates to carrying an extra 625 pounds around for the day. That is 625 more pounds on the ankles, knees, shins, calves and lower back. The Danner Acadia weighs 30 oz’s more than our Chase 9” Tactical and that means over 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) the user has carried an additional 18,750 pounds.
“To improve performance in the athletic sphere, footwear needs to be as light as possible, without sacrificing its functional integrity.” Sebastian Coe, Olympic Gold Medalist
The Outsole Matters
Where the rubber hits the road...literally. Outsole performance is not overlooked at Original S.W.A.T.® We designed and engineered outsoles that provide outstanding traction and durability. Our newest models in the Chase series may have the highest performing outsole compound for their price in the market.
The Midsole Matters
In a standing position, 50% of our weight is on the heel; this is increased by a factor of 3 or 4 when walking or running. Shock absorbing materials can therefore play a big part in preventing fatigue and injury. There are several types of materials that can be used for shock absorption. We currently use two types, compression molded EVA and air. Compression Molded EVA is an inch of closed cell foam-injected under pressure. This by far is the most durable and effective material that we use for shock absorption. It does not hold memory and gives the wearer total foot support. This cushioning system is used in many different black boots as well as athletic shoes.
Boarding Lasting Matters
Support comes from a riveted sandwich lasting board that contains a steel or synthetic shank, providing both torsional stability and arch support, which are important where foot strike angles are uneven and extra weight is being carried (duty belt, vest, helmet, etc.). A removable contour molded orthotic completes the support process, ensuring that the smaller muscles of the foot do no have to work excessively under extreme performance conditions.
Quality Materials Matters
Laces, Metal Hardware and Zippers Functionally, the lacing system provides the last step in ensuring the foot is correctly seated and stable. Flat laces are not quite as convenient as round, but are far superior in regard to performance – particularly slippage. “Speed lace” metal hardware is most useful in the top 4 or 5 eyelets, after the bottom eyelets have been cinched in place using a “locking” eyelet. 5mm (tooth size) zippers from YKK® more than meet the burst strength requirement, and have good flexibility. The 10mm tooth is less flexible and prone to snapping under pressure.