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EMS Footwear Features – What to Buy?

I am looking for a new pair of shoes/boots to wear while on-duty as a paramedic. My only employer requirement is color black. My additional needs are simple.

1) comfortable for long hours of use.

2) water resistant for responses in rain or snow.

3) 3/4 top or ankle height. I don’t need a full calf height boot.

4) easy to lace/unlace. I have not worn a zipper model before, but would consider it.

5) decent traction as ice and snow season in Wisconsin can start in October and does not end until late April.

I would welcome your suggestions for models and brands of great EMS footwear.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.