BOOTS & SOCKS

Sizing

You might consider buying Bates a size too big, to fit thick boot socks. Although some sites online claim “Bates USMC Lights: Select a size one-half smaller than your dress shoe size. They used to fit true-to-size, but something changed in the production line and they fit differently now.” Order with enough time to return for a different size.

Bates Unisex-Adult USMC Lightweight DuraShocks Military & Tactical Boot

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Bates E30501 Men’s USMC DuraShocks Hot Weather Boot

This is the temperate or hot weather boot offered by Bates. Hot weather boots of any brand are generally less insulated than cold weather boots and include two small drainage or vent holes under the inside arch of the feet.

Bates E30501 is probably the best deal out of any of the USMC-certified boots out there. They are rugged, long-lasting, and look good. You’ll probably want to invest in a better pair of insoles than the stock models, however–especially if you have flat feet.

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Bates Men's USMC Lightweight DuraShocks Boot Military & Tactical

You’ve heard about them. Not too expensive (everything’s relative) but not too rugged either. Best for garrison or boots and utes running. Definitely not recommended for climbing the ragged peaks of Afghanistan or Colorado, but a very popular choice for candidates and Marines alike. Probably most Marines own a pair of Bates Lites.

Bates 29502 Mens USMC Rugged All Terrain (RAT) Hot Weather Boots

The Bates RATs were originally issued to troops headed to Afghanistan but were discontinued after the first batch delivered to the Marine Corps was of shoddier construction than their Danner competition. They are, however, extremely comfortable, and the waterproof front and back parts are very helpful when walking through wet grass or in snowy conditions.

However, they are often not allowed at OCS. (Except for priors.) Please confirm current rules with your OSO.

Bates RATs can only be recommended if you need a cheap option to train in, or as a garrison boot post OCS.


Thorlos Mcb Max Cushion Combat Over The Calf Socks

Thorlos are a good match for your Bates Lights, which have less padding, whereas they’re less compelling for hot summers or when paired with plush Danner boots or sock liners. However, this blog’s author wore a half dozen Thorlos through an entire deployment in Afghanistan with excellent results.

(read review)

Fox River Wick Dry Maximum boot sock

You’ve heard about them. Not too expensive (everything’s relative) but not too rugged either. Best for garrison or boots and utes running. Definitely not recommended for climbing the ragged peaks of Afghanistan or Colorado, but a very popular choice for candidates and Marines alike. Probably most Marines own a pair of Bates Lites.

Military Boot Bands - Blousing Straps

The highest quality boot bands on the market, used by the United States Military. Proudly worn by the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. We proudly support the USA military and our veterans.

How to Use Boot Bands / Boot Blouse - Single

How to Use Boot Bands / Boot Blouse - Doubled

Master List

(1) pair of Bates lights PT/Garrison boots

(2) pairs of running shoes, preferably purchased within three months.

(10-20) generic sets boot bands (you can never have enough)

(5 – 10) Hook & Loop Blousing Garter  

(4-6) pair coyote brown boot socks (Thorlo or Fox River)Issued socks are underweight, aren’t modern material, and don’t protect your feet nearly as well. (please get yourself good boot socks)

See our review of Fox River Socks vs Thorlo: