If you are looking for a boot holster, you have come to the right place. We have reviewed five holsters that give you a choice in terms of price and carrying style. Some of our top picks are inside the boot holsters and others are outside the boot. Our picks also cater for occasional boot carriers and for those that need to boot carry as a default carry method.
|Pro-Tech Outdoors Concealed Boot Clip Holster fits The Ruger LCP 380 with or Without Laser||Ambidextrous||Good price|
|G&G Black BootLock Ankle Holster for Backup Gun||Shoelace secured||Good for active or physical work|
|Daltech Force Safest Carry Boot Wrap Ankle Gun Holster||Fits any boot size||Good price|
|Galco Ankle Glove Ankle Holster||Extremely comfortable||Quality leather|
|CREATRILL Ankle Holster with Padding for Concealed Carry||Good for revolvers||Can be worn without boots|
If you are looking for a good boot holster or are just interested in trying out the carry method, there are few things that you need to consider. Naturally, your ankle and lower calf area can be a pretty uncomfortable place to carry. Having the wrong holster when carrying on your hip is bad enough, but the ankle requires that you have an ideal holster.
Typically, a boot holster is for a backup gun or for people who can’t carry a gun anywhere else for practical or work reasons. A good boot holster must be a good fit for your gun and be comfortable to wear all day. Having weight on your ankle is not so bad for short periods but the longer you carry; the more that small issues can start to become major ones. Added to this, the gun needs to be accessible quickly.
Your boot holster should either be made specifically for your model of gun or the holster must be a very good fit. Friction between your gun and holster will be the only thing holding your gun in place. There are a few boot holsters that have safety straps but that is a feature with trade-offs. Safety straps and other features will reduce your draw speed.
A perfect fit is also essential due to your natural walking motion. A gun that moves about will quickly become extremely uncomfortable and serve as a constant reminder that you have a paperweight in your boot.
There are boot holsters on the market that are made for what is described as “medium” sized guns. There are a few people that may carry a gun on the outside of the boot but generally speaking, a boot holster is for concealed carry and even medium-sized guns are not really practical.
When it comes to revolvers, a J-frame is probably as big as you should go and with auto pistols, even a sub-compact could be a bit big. A micro auto pistol would be best, preferably one that is also thin.
When wearing boots it’s important to ensure that the holster can sit comfortably with the handle of your gun protruding above the top of your boot. Drawing quickly from a boot position will always require a bit of practice but you must be able to get a firing grip on your gun immediately before you actually draw.
The usual 8-inch work boot is best for boot carry. Boot styles that are taller than that will either force you to carry on the outside or have the gun placed far up your calf. If you are going to be carrying that high above your ankle then it would be better to go for one of the specifically designed calf holsters that straps higher around your calf. Another practical issue is that if your pants are covering your boots and holster, then you need to pull your pants up much higher in order to draw your gun. Again, this will make getting at your gun harder and slower.
The Pro Tec is made of nylon and is an inside of the boot holster. Compared to many other nylon options, the Pro Tec is reinforced with extra material and strong stitching of good quality. There is also padding on the inside of the holster for extra comfort and will result in a quick draw but will also have an effect on the retention. The holster secures to your boot with a clip that can be placed on either side of the holster to make it ambidextrous.
The holster is designed to fit the Ruger LCP 380 or similar sized guns. One issue with holsters made of nylon and claim to fit a range of similar-sized guns is that you will invariably find that it fits some guns far better than others. A big selling point of the holster is its price and it comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee.
The G&G is a more robust boot holster for outside of the boot carrying style. It’s designed to fit over the boot and to be secured in place with your boot laces. Most of the holster and importantly, the gun holster itself is made of good quality leather.
The main selling point to this style of boot holster is that it is designed for physical activity. Because it is very securely attached to the boot, you can run and jump around while carrying your gun. Its sturdier design also makes it more practical to carry a slightly heavier or bigger gun.
The G&G is designed to accommodate the baby Glocks, models 26, 27, and 33. It would be an ideal choice for law enforcement or people wearing police-style boots. It also has a safety strap which is necessary for a holster designed for physical activity. The shoelace design would also mean that the holster would sit exactly at ankle level. One drawback is that the holster is designed to be worn on the right boot which could be an issue for southpaws.
The Deltec is made from stretch fabric and has double stitching where it needs it. It’s a pretty simple design and it’s one of the more affordable options. It’s highly adjustable and is made to fit on the outside of the boot. Its stretch fabric will allow it to fit securely around any size of boot or style.
The Deltec is designed with very small pistols in mind. Small snub-nose revolvers and 380 autos but it could work just as well with micro pistols in larger calibers. The holster is fully ambidextrous and can be worn on the outside or inside of either leg. It may be possible to adjust the holster to fit around a naked ankle but it is not recommended.
The holster has a safety strap which is necessary for outside of the boot carry and the Deltec comes with a lifetime warranty against frayed or torn stitching.
The Galco is an inside-the-boot holster that is designed specifically for the small Glocks, model 26, 27, and 33. The holster itself is leather and has a safety strap for added retention. The holster connects to your leg with a neoprene band that is sufficiently tight for a firm grip but also comfortable.
The holster also has an additional calf strap which is sold as an accessory for people that want extra hold for running and other activities. The Galco has proven to be pretty popular with law enforcement which is generally a good indicator of practicality and everyday comfort. Having a thumb release safety strap may be an issue for some inside the boot carriers but the thumb release is of good quality and can be flicked open quite easily.
One potential objection to the Galco is that it is on the expensive side but it remains a good value for money choice.
The Creatrill holster is made of elastic material and is an inside the boot design but can also be worn as an ankle holster. It has an adjustable safety strap and fits securely to the leg and not the boot.
The holster is ambidextrous and can be worn on the outside or inner side of either leg. It comes only in black and it is claimed that it will fit most small to medium-sized pistols. As was mentioned with some of the other holsters, you will find that these types of boot holsters will fit some guns better than others. The best fit would most likely be with small snubbies and micro auto pistols.
A potential drawback with nylon and similar material holsters that do not attach directly to your boot is that they can slip further down your leg during use. It’s probably also impractical to run while wearing it.
That covers some of your better options for boot carry. Whether you want to carry outside the boot or inside, whether you favor a revolver or an auto pistol for backup- there is a good quality option for you to try.