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Are there any boots out there that are AR-670-1 compliant or even in the ballpark, i.e. coyote tan/tan 499, that are shaped more like a foot, a wider foot, than the more common narrower and rounded style? 

Both images show the shape of the sole/boot that I'm searching for on the right side. They show a much wider toe box and they don't require your toes to bunch/crunch up. 

Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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The Belleville mini-mil has a wide toe box and is compliant.  Of course, it's also a minimalist boot, which may not be what you're looking for.  They also make a "transitional" mini-mil model, I don't remember how the toe box is on that one.  Should be wide as it's meant to transition you from normal boots to minimalist ones.  If you could pull them off, the Altra lone peaks might work also.  There was a thread around here about them not too long ago.

That second picture causes me physical pain.  I don't understand why high drop, narrow toe box shoes still exist.

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Thanks Quadrail and Diz!

I will try on a pair of both as soon as I can, but the sole of the Mini-Mil looks the closest to what my super-wide feet need. I'm ambivalent on minimalist footwear, but beggars can't be choosey. 

"That second picture causes me physical pain.  I don't understand why high drop, narrow toe box shoes still exist."

The answer is "fashion." Sadly. I don't understand how plainclothes cops in business attire can run after bad guys in dress shoes. 

 

 

First and foremost, +1 for S2Vs.  I've been wearing them for over 10 years and am a fan of their durability and comfort.   They look like they run warm, but they do not(for reference-I'm at Polk and work in the woods).  They will start to smell eventually though.  I use the Belleville C320s for garrison use-they also have my prescription orthotics in them as old age and >20 years on jump status/running around has made it so my big toes don't bend. 

3 common boots/shoes bottom view.  L-R:  10R Salomon XA Pro 3D, 10W Rocky S2V(RKC050), 10W Belleville C320

 

I'll throw in another +1 for the Garmont T8's.  Right color and don't look overly "commercial" so they shouldn't give the CSM a heart attack.  I've had a couple pairs going back to the tan ones with ACU's and still love them.  They do seem to have a wider toe box than other brands I've tried.  However, I will admit that I haven't screwed with other brands of combat boots in probably 4 years because these are perfect, for me.

I just "broke" my first pair of T8's.  Did almost 4 weeks at Ft. Hood and the shank or footbed broke in half under the ball of my foot.  Unfortunately, Garmont won't replace it since they are over a year old (about 18 months of Guard duty).  Never had that happen before in ANY boot.  Still really like these boots, just wish their support policy was a little different.

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What you ask is quite individual, even if you choose the sole that you need. I advise you to consult with an orthopedist if you are lucky and you have no deviations, then try to consider these options. But even if everything is fine with your feet and beautiful shoes, buy extra insoles, this will remove part of the load from your feet.

I say from my own experience, my feet are terrible, with this I have to suffer all my life

With the exception of using NB OTBs when they were still authorized, I've been wearing Garmont boots since 2008.  The wide toe box works, even if it feels snug.  I say snug because I'm a guy that kicks it in Altras for my running shoes and Birkenstocks whenever I can get away with it.  I've worn (and sometimes still wear) Vibram 5 fingers.  There's basically two things I hate in foot wear: a narrow toe box and a big drop.  The Garmont have more drop than I'd like, but until I convince Altra to make a boot...

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