One of the most important pieces of equipment a first responder has is their feet. Like Lieutenant Dan said in Forest Gump, “sock can be the difference between life and death.” The shoes or boots you wear can literally make or break you in a survival situation. When it comes to keep your feet in great shape, we have some easy tips to follow.

When you’re choosing work boots for your feet, we understand it’s an important decision. That’s why we offer Danner boots in our online store. The Portland, Oregon, factory has been crafting boots by hand since the early 1930s. One of the reasons Danner has been able to stand the test of time is because they have found the perfect balance between aesthetics and classic styles.

Choosing the right hiking boots is essential for comfort, stability, and surefootedness. When shopping our store, you might be hesitant to consider boots from brands you’ve never worn. That’s great if you’re absolutely in love with technology used by a certain company but you might not know what you’re missing if you do.

To help you step outside your comfort zone, we’ve put together a list of our three favorite hiking boot choices.