Military Boots: Effective Techniques for Ultimate Comfort

Do you imagine Military boots to be big, heavy things that can make your feet incredibly uncomfortable. That is no longer the norm. Breathable, waterproof and even antibacterial combat boots are now readily available. 

However, you still need to make sure that you get the correct size and fit.

There are also several effective techniques that you can utilise to create the ultimate comfort in military boots – you just have to get smart about it.

Below We have compiled a four-part tip list to help you make military boots the most comfortable they can be: 

  • Check the fit.
  • Utilise insoles.
  • Wear the right socks.
  • Tighten or loosen your laces.

Check the Fit

To help you find the right fit in your boots, here are a few tips:

Try on Footwear in the Evening

Your feet swell throughout the day, and they are at their largest in the evening. When buying military boots or seeing if your current ones fit correctly, always this perform this check in the morning.

Do the Thumb Test

See if you can press your thumb sideways, flat ahead of your longest toe. If your boots are steel-toe or otherwise hard, select a softer pair of shoes the same size as your boots. Seriously, measure them outside and in to be sure they match.

If you do not pass the thumb test, size up. If there is too much room ahead of your thumb, we recommend that you size down, but if it is fractional, you may be able to utilise insoles and/or thick socks.

Use Your Index Finger

You need room at the back of your shoes, too. Slip your index finger behind your heel. If it is a difficult squeeze, then the boots are likely too tight. If you can move the finger between your heel and the boot, then they are likely too big.

Use an identical-size shoe if your boots are too tall to perform the test. Or, use a stick (for example) with a diameter similar to your index finger and slip it inside.

Lacing Method

With regards to comfort and stability, there are a number of methods of lacing boots, including the heel lock lacing method, the ladder method, and the US Army lacing method.

The FlexPoint

Every boot has a natural point where it bends when walking or running. You need to remember that the boot must flex where your foot does, and that is around the toe line.

The Width

Get the width of your feet measured accurately at a shoe store – both of them, even if you plan to buy online. Then, look for a boot that comes in a variety of widths or the desired width.


People are keen to share their experience, so check the reviews online of your desired boot. Reviewers will typically say whether the boots are narrow or wide fitting, for example. Further, you can view this page to gain a quick overview of the most popular military boot models, listed with their pros and cons.

Utilise Insoles

Research suggests that injuries and stress on the feet of soldiers in training can be lessened with insoles.

Insoles can soften a hard sole, cushion a deep boot, and provide support where there is none to guard against, for example, Plantar Fasciitis and other ailments.

Insoles for military boots can provide:

  • Padding for people on their feet all day.
  • Heel support: a lifted heel can prevent or reduce stress on joints.
  • Arch support for various arch types (depending on the insole).
  • Fatigue-reduction (in some insoles).
  • Shock absorption.
  • Breathability and anti-bacterial protection.

They make a world of difference if you select the right insoles. 

Wear the Right Socks

Look at wearing cotton and wool socks which are naturally breathable. Merino wool, in particular, helps regulate your foot temperature, whether you need to stay warm or cold.

Whatever socks you choose, ensure they are moisture-wicking, breathable and, if possible, antimicrobial to keep bacteria at bay. 

Also, be mindful of the thickness. Try the boots on with various socks, from thin to thick. See which ones work best with the fit.

Tighten or Loosen Your Laces

Your laces can make or break a boot. Too tight? Your feet feel squeezed, irritated and painful. Too loose? Your feet flop around in the boot, creating a clunky feeling gait and a shoe that is too large.

Tie your laces so that they keep your feet snugly in place, but not too snugly. You want to be secure but comfortable.

The Boottom Line

The days of unforgiving military boots are over. Many choices now have breathable waterproof and even antibacterial qualities. Start with the correct fit, then, using the right insoles, socks, and lace-tightness, your boots can be the ultimate in comfortable footwear, no matter how long you wear them.


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