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    Ok maybe a strange topic I know but there are a few people here that are in the Emergency Services and Armed forces. What does everyone swear by for their footwear of choice on duty? Reason I ask is im looking for a new pair of boots. I currently have a pair Magnum Elite Spiders, that have served me very well, but are coming to the end of their life, comfiest boot I have owned. I am looking at either Bates M9 or Delta 8's as their replacement. Anyone here wear Bates boots? How are they size wise compared to Magnums etc?

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    When I was "cough cough" in the Army Cadets a long time ago the regulars all said get NI boots. I still have no idea what that means but in someway hope this helps, lol. hmmm.

    Maybe someone else can elaborate?

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    Depends what you need them for? Do you need comfort over durability, full waterproof, mobility etc ?

    Magnum boots are very good btw, they have all types covered, I wear both black and desert version and they truly are some of the lightest/comfiest.

    I also have a made to measure pair of Altberg boots fitted at the factory for the tougher stuff. Expensive but They have lasted and they have been resoled by Altberg once so saving price of 2 pairs.

    Also have a pair of Lowa Combat GTX, again boots for serious stuff but comfy as hell.

    The Gov has issued/paid for all my boots and the ones mentioned have all been issued for various duties.

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    we get free boots /shoes from work as they need to be steel toe caped . dont know the make but they are good . khalid

    the vectra has gone , but not far away so ill still see it form time to time

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    Comfort and water proof is the main requirements. Looked at Lowa in the past but cant get excited about them, ascetically, if you know what I mean, shallow, I know. Had about 6 pairs of Magnums now over the year and just fancy a change. The Elite Spiders have defiantly been the best i've tried.

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    I have had, lowa's, altberg's, Pro boots, Berghaus and a few others too. I can honestly say the best boots for all round use where the berghaus, comfortable and waterproof the only downside was the weight. However I really can't keep away from Magnums for the sheer comfort and their low weight. I used these for 6 months in afghan and they were brilliant, I am I have a pair for here too

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    Magnums were invaluable when I was a copper. They are strong yet lightweight, and good for running in for that odd chase

    I'd stick with what you know mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envy View Post
    When I was "cough cough" in the Army Cadets a long time ago the regulars all said get NI boots. I still have no idea what that means but in someway hope this helps, lol. hmmm.

    Maybe someone else can elaborate?
    NI boots were a lightweight combat boot, high legged, no toe cap that were issued for use on patrol in Northern Ireland. They were nicknamed 'patrol slippers' or 'Derry wellies' lol. I wouldn't recommend these even if you could still get them. The soles were made of plasticine I think and they lasted about the length of a 6 month tour if you were lucky. A mate of mines lasted a lot longer but then again after a week he threw them in a corner and never wore them again. The only people who smashed their neck trying to get a pair, were the posey types who hadn't a clue they were rubbish.
    They did away with them donkeys years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginge7289 View Post
    I am I have a pair for here too
    Why do I bother writing so early in the morning? It should read "I have a pair for here too" lol

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    Ive had Doc Martin steel toecapped but not the 'hippy' doc martins you're thinking of, The were heavy duty (looked a bit like caterpillars). They were really hard wearing but after 8 hours in them you were ready for a pair of trainers!

    The only other 'work boots' I've had are Dewalt Apprentice boots. They're were incredibly comfy and flexible and you wouldn't know they were steel toecapped! Could have walked all day in them without a twitch or pinch.

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