Hi, I’d like to talk about police patrol boots. Many boots can claim to be suitable for walking the beat or being worn for hours on end but I want to talk plain and simple fact. The simple test is wearing them day in day out for a year and seeing if they live up to my expectations.
The Bates Falcon boots are all leather and interestingly advertise a breathable pig skin lining and a scuff resistant toe guard.
I didn’t find the toe particularly scuff resistant. It scuffed in the same way that any other boot ever has . If you scrape the toe, it scuffs, then you polish over it and it’s almost as good as new. Standard for police boots.
This Bates Falcon boot was particularly uncomfortable and the tongue, though advertised as padded felt horrible on my feet. In the end I couldn’t bear to wear the boots for more than an hour or so at a time. Definitely not designed for comfort.
In addition to that the sole, though great looking with the stud pattern felt uncomfortably solid and each step felt as though there was a serious lack of impact resistance. I may as well have been wearing cows hide tied to my feet with twine. That said, the sole does have a great grip unmatched by any other boot I have worn.
Allegedly the SBS are issued these boots. Poor guys.
The claims of being lightweight are not quite accurate marketing and there are far lighter boots out there. Yes, they may be lighter than a Lowe hiking boot but in terms of police boots, these are not light weight.
Sorry Bates Falcon but overall the boot is a poor choice.