Some basics for bootmen
Police Patrol Boots
|Police officers who are assigned to motorcycle patrol units
usually wear tall (17" - 18") boots made of smooth leather, most often made of
calfskin or cowhide. Patrol officers take pride in their boots and keep them
shined, because the appearance of their boots complements their uniform,
and often is the first thing that the public admires when they see a
motor officer. The boots conform to the foot and leg, and are worn with
breeches which fit well inside the boot.
Patrol Boots are used for protection while riding a motorcycle. They
usually have rubber, tread, or Vibram® soles for grip while riding on
the road and helping the officer to maintain control of the motorcycle
while stopped. The boots take a lot of wear, when cops ride and walk or
run when doing their duties.
|DRESS INSTEP POLICE PATROL BOOTS|
|Dress Instep Patrol Boots do not have laces.
They have a dressy and commanding appearance. They are easier to
maintain because dirt and mud won't get into the crevices around laces
on the instep. These boots may have a buckle at the top of the boot shaft
or laces, but more often have a buckle.
|BAL-LACED POLICE PATROL BOOTS|
|The word bal-laced (pronounced like "ball laced") refers
to a style of shoe that was popular in the early 1800's called a Balmoral
shoe. This style of construction came to be known as "Balmoral style," or
"bal style", as opposed to the more standard style, in which the opposing
rows of eyelets are attached to the vamp and don't meet at the bottom.
Read more information about this
style of boot lacing.
Bal-Laced Boots are quite common for use by Motor Officers. They have
lacing at the instep which provides for adjustment to fit the foot. Once
tied, they seldom require readjustment. These boots became very popular
when the popular television show "CHiPs" was aired during the 1970's.
Many California Highway Patrol officers still wear this style of police
These boots may have a buckle or laces at the top of the shaft to adjust
for better fit on the calf. It is usually an officer's preference to choose
which type of calf fitting to get when he orders the boots.
|ENGINEER STYLE POLICE PATROL BOOTS|
|Some Motor Officers wear Engineer style
boots, such as Chippewa Hi-Shine Boots. These boots make a good
appearance and are often less expensive than Dress Instep or Bal-Laced
|STYLE CHOICES AND MANUFACTURERS|
|Most law enforcement units that have
motor patrol officers usually specify a style of police patrol boot for
their officers to wear while on duty, but the units may not specify a
specific manufacturer. The units may provide a uniform
allowance which an officer can apply toward purchase of the uniform and
boots. If the allowance is limited, as many are, officers may opt for
less expensive boots that meet uniform specifications of the unit to
which he/she is assigned.
Manufacturers of Police Patrol Boots include Alden, Chippewa, Dehner,
Harley-Davidson, Rino, Wesco, and others.
Content from Wikipedia, a Maryland County motorcycle police
sergeant, Bootdog and
Booted Harleydude. Photos from Booted Harleydude.
Text from Wikipedia
article on Riding Boots and as edited and contributed to by Booted
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