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Style# 12021

5.11 Taclite™ 6" Side Zip Boot

Average rating of 73%

Regular Price: $124.99

Special Price $64.99

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Purpose Built

Our low profile 6” 5.11 Taclite™ Side Zip Boot combines durable 1200D Cordura® nylon, full grain high-shine black leather, and breathable air mesh panels for a combination of warm weather comfort, lightweight performance, and a thoroughly professional appearance. Integrated side vents and a moisture wicking, promote air flow and manage heat, keeping your feet cool and dry in any environment. Side zippers provide quick on and off capability, minimizing prep time and eliminating lace management. Perforated EVA foam padding at the ankle collar and tongue provide support and comfort, and an Ortholite® sockliner provides an additional layer of cushioning. An oil and slip resistant, no-squeak outsole ensures traction and stealth, while a fast rope tread gives you an edge during fast roping maneuvers.



  • Excels in hot and humid climates
  • Side zip functionality
  • Integrated side vents
  • Moisture wicking
  • Ortholite® sockliner
  • Perforated EVA foam padding at the ankle
  • Oil-resistant, silent outsole
  • Fast rope tread



  • 1200D Cordura® nylon
  • Hi shine full grain leather uppers
  • Breathable air mesh panels
  • Deep flex grooves for flexibility
  • Compression molded CMEVA midsole
  • Composite shank
  • TPU external ankle stabilizer
  • Multi-directional traction lugs
  • Imported


Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews


(based on 19 reviews)

73 %

Great boot


From Bryan


I've owned two pairs of these boots over the past three years and they are awesome. So comfortable and durable.

Good Enough


From Knuckle Drag

from AZ

Ive used Army issued boots, these and Merrils while Defense Contracting, and currently wear these for Security Operations. My initial thoughts on these boots were very uncomfortable as I first wore these particular pairs in the cold. The folding/bending of material at the top of the foot were digging into my foot causing discomfort. I left them aside for a number of months until it got warmer in July and they seemed to wear just fine. I've had several other 5.11 boots and they all felt very nice in the beginning with no break-in needed. This one was an exception for some reason but feels good now. As of July 2014, it has kept its integrity, soles, and the shoestrings are nice as I dont have to doubleknot them. I never used the zippers everyday, but it helps replacing insoles. I wish these ones had the hidden pocket for a 5.11 knife as the ATAC does. but for my work, it does fine and gets me through the day of foot patrols in 12 hour shifts.

Quality control is awful


From 5.11 tuxedo

from Sacramento, CA

The first pair I bought was a true to fit boot in REGULAR width. The left boot was extremely comfortable, but the right boot had a rather large flared out inner thread that caused a great amount of discomfort on my inner foot.

I only wore boots twice and had them exchanged for another pair, hoping I could get both boots feeling as comfortable as the left boot.

After receiving my order, ive come to notice the 2nd pair did not fit like the first pair at all!!... The boots fit like the WIDE, not REGULAR width boots, even though they are labeled as REGULAR. It doesnt matter how tight I tie my laces the boots still feel too loose..

The 2nd pair also FEEL cheaper in quality strange to say... I dont know if its just my luck but the QUALITY CONTROL on these boots are terrible!!

I will try one last exchange then im done. I will move on to another brand.

Comfortable boots


From Seabee

from Midland, Mi.

Price and delivery was great.

Didn't even take 5 steps...


From Peter L.

from Tampa, Fl.

I didn't realize the boots were made in China, If I had known I wouldn't have ordered them. Live and learn, the lace eyelet broke before I GOT OUT THE DOOR THE FIRST TIME I PUT THEM ON.

Superior footwear


From KJP

from SoCal

Lightweight, durable, comfortable, provides support and protection yet is flexible.

Great Boots


From Jeff

from Delray Beach, Florida

Very comfortable on the first wear. No break-in time needed. I love these shoes.

Do Not Buy


From Tim

from Rochester, NY

Side blew out after 6 mo's of use...constantly having to keep looking half way descent..

Horrible Sole - Falls Apart


From PJ McCabe

from Arizona

Have used 5.11 boots since out of the academy in 2005 and never had an issue. My boots usually lasted about 18 months per pair before the soles would start wearing too thin. Decided to 'splurge' on this pair and am sorely disappointed. Sole on my left foot is already worn through (hole into insole) after six months of wear (purchased in April). When the sole wears before the shoe laces break, something isn't right...

Comfortable with poor zipper design.


From Tim

from Michigan

I bought this boot because I have been wearing the Haste and although I like that boot and still have a pair, I wanted to try something lighter. I wanted it to wear like a shoe but with the support of a boot. I love the side zipper in the Haste because it is easy on/easy off. I had a pair of 8 inch high boots (another brand) in the past and they were super heavy and took forever to put on. Well the zipper is a waste. While I can take them off easy, I still have to loosen laces a little to get off and a lot to put on.
Like the boot just wished the zipper went farther down so it could function as intended. Poor design.

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