Four motorcops from the Orlando, Florida, PD were wearing Chippewa Hi-Shine Engineer Boots, model #71418. These are tall engineer boots made in the traditional style with a large round toe and single strap across the instep, and a buckle closure at the top of the boot shaft. Many motor officers choose this style of boot over patrol boots with a bal-laced instep.
First of all, the leather on these boots is thicker, and the leather lining is thicker, too. That produces a sturdy boot that can withstand a lot of wear and use.
Second, it comes with a standard Vibram
® rubber sole. Vibram soles are great, though the standard sole on these boots are rather smooth. Many cops have a Vibram
® 100 lug sole added by a cobbler — note this pair of boots that a cop wore at this event — the soles are built up with both a Vibram
® 100 lug sole, and an added mid-sole as well. The added sole added about an inch to the cop’s height.
Fourth, these boots have an excellent insole, so they remain comfortable on the feet for long days of wear.
While this style of boot is not every motorcop’s preference, I have observed that more and more officers are choosing to wear these boots over their bal-laced patrol boot counterparts. Why?
… cost. These boots cost about half of what their bal-laced brothers cost when purchased new.
… ease of maintenance for good appearance.
If you’re looking for a “real pair” of boots that cops wear, consider Chippewa Hi-Shine boots. You won’t be disappointed with the quality, though you might have to adjust your thoughts about what traditional motorboots should look like.
Life is short: know your boots!