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Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT High Side Zip Desert


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The Black Eagle® Athletic 2.0 VT High Side Zip in Desert Tan is fully designed and engineered in Europe using all European sourced materials. What does this mean? It means that only the highest quality materials go into a boot that is quality crafted and built to last. This desert colored side zip boot is designed to fit like a glove, feel light on your feet, and keep your feet comfortable with its highly breathable design. If you do a lot of walking in a day, either on or off the job, you will appreciate the comfort of the Black Eagle® Athletic 2.0 VT High Side Zip desert colored boot, especially at the end of a long day. With built in pronation and supination support, your foot is supported in the way nature intended, keeping weight evenly distributed and evenly supported. The 2 layer midsole offers a cushioning effect and helps to absorb the shock of every step. Every element helps to support overall foot health. The HAIX® sole on the Black Eagle® Athletic 2.0 is made of a unique rubber mixture that lends itself to longer lasting durability. The sole composition offers excellent traction and slip resistance on any kind of surface, even in the cold. The sole of the HAIX Black Eagle® Athletic 2.0 is fuel, oil and heat resistant as well as insulating from the cold. As an added bonus, these oil resistant shoes are non-marking and self-cleaning too. Good traction and stability can help you stay on your feet, even in challenging situations. The super light microfiber and suede leather on the Black Eagle® Athletic 2.0 VT is extremely breathable especially when paired with the built in HAIX® Climate System. Your feet will stay dry and comfortable even on the hottest days in these suede athletic boots. The removable and washable insole helps to wick away foot moisture, helping to keep foot odor to minimum. The cushiony feel of the insole is an added bonus, adding an extra layer of comfort. The patented 2-Zone Lacing System allows you to adjust the upper and lower parts of the boot independently in order to get a fit tailored to your personal preference. The addition of the built in side zipper allows you to fix the lacing and forget it. Once you adjust the lacing to your liking, you will have the quick in and out convenience of the side zip. The ankle area has the addition of rubber side pads that help to protect your sensitive ankle are from shocks and blows. The optional add-on Black Eagle® extended limited warranty, which gives you the option to add an additional year onto the 1 year manufacturer warranty, makes choosing this line a no brainer. If you are looking for a boot that is both lightweight yet durable with the convenience of a side zip, these are the athletic military boots for you. HX Design element made of tensile and tear resistant PU material perfectly covers the midfoot area and transfers forces of the lacing elements. HAIX® Climate System for temperature balance Cushiony, moisture-wicking, insole with “Airflow” channels Anti-slip grip on a variety of terrains even in wet and cold conditions Heel clip that stabilizes the rear of the foot 2-Lacing Lacing – Ankle lace lock allows independent lace adjustment between the upper and the lower part of the boot Ankle side pads for additional ankle protection from shocks and blows Toe bumper for additional abrasion protection Non-marking, fuel, heat, and oil resistant boots with durable anti-slip sole  Antistatic Side-zip convenience Optional Black Eagle® extended warranty. Opt to extend the HAIX® One Year Limited Warranty for one additional year by filling out this online form Learn more about HAIX® footwear technology.

Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT High Side Zip Desert

Unisex model


Protect your community. Don't miss a step with Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert Side Zip.



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Engineered for Service

You keep our communities safe. Your Black Eagle is your trusted partner on every special operation.

Keep your footing with our anti-slip sole

In the Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip, no matter the situation, you can rest assured you will stay on your feet. The distinctive tread design combined with the special rubber compound that goes into the Black Eagle® sole will maintain its traction on a wide variety of surfaces and in many types of weather, even when it's wet and cold. The high-density midsole won't have you feeling every rock and stone either.

Supportive cushioning with HAIX® absorption

The Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip will keep your feet comfortable and supported when on the move all day. The built-in cushioning in the sole acts as shock absorption, effectively cushioning each step, while the energy return in the sole gives you extra spring in your step and helps reduce foot and leg fatigue.

Protect your ankle area with the HAIX® Ankle Protector System

With a physically demanding job, you could find yourself running, jumping, or even navigating through obstacles. The HAIX Ankle protector in the Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip shields the delicate bones in your ankle, providing essential protection. As an added benefit, the ankle protector can act as a "brake" when crawling on angled surfaces.

Ready to go with the HAIX® side zipper

Enjoy the quick convenience of the side zipper on the Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip. Get a more personalized fit by adjusting the lacing, fix it and then forget it. Enjoy that fit all day, every day. Slip on, zip up, and go.

Comfort to Endure the Longest Hours

You spend long hours on your feet. We make sure it doesn't feel like it.

So lightweight, you hardly feel it

Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip could be the lightest 8" boots you will ever own. Their lighter weight may make you forget you are even wearing boots. It reduces foot and leg fatigue when you are on the move all day.

All day comfort and athletic feel

The running shoe technology built into the Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip is lightweight and flexible. Cushioned insoles give you the extra comfort your feet crave. Enjoy an athletic shoe feel with the function of a duty boot.

Optimal support thanks to 2-zone lacing

The Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip adapts perfectly to your foot. Independently adjust the upper and lower part of your boot just the way you like it for a comfort fit tailored just to you. You like it tight across the foot, but looser on the leg? You can do that. Like it tighter across the ankle for more ankle support? You can do that too.

Quick drying and breathable thanks to our leather/textile upper

Your Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip features a leather and microfiber textile upper that is highly breathable. The material allows your foot to breathe and stay at its most comfortable by wicking moisture out of the boot. It also keeps your feet cool and dry despite perspiration.

Your shoe from every angle

Hard facts inside and out

HAIX Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT High Side Zip Desert

Item no. 330005

Climate system
Washable & Exchangeable Insole
Built In shock absorption
Anti slip sole
Highly Breathable
Side Zipper
Lace Pocket
Ankle protector
Quick Drying
Two zone lacing
Upper material:
Boot height in inches:
8 inches
Inner liner:
2 zone lacing, Side Zipper
Product type:
Factory firsts
Primary use:
Law enforcement, Military
TPU R3000

Your questions. Our honest answers.

The Black Eagle® Tactical line of boots are either of all leather or mostly leather with some textile. All leather is sourced from Europe and is thicker and more durable than most leathers you see in boots today. The Tactical line also has a waterproof inner liner. Either GORETEX® or CROSSTECH®. The Black Eagle® Athletic line has uppers constructed entirely of microfiber textile and has no waterproof inner liner.
Yes the side zipper of the Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip allows the individual user to adjust the fit to their own personal needs, offering more ankle support as needed, or possibly offering a looser fit across the forefoot for wider feet. Boots should be adjusted to your preference when they are received, then just zip in or out from then on. A second adjustment to the lacing may be needed after the boots have gone through their initial break in period.
Yes you can buy replacement parts for the Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip such as insoles and laces. You can find these items on our website on the accessories page. If you are looking to retread or refurbish your Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip boots, check out the HAIX Extended Wear program.
The Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip is eligible for the Black Eagle® 2 year warranty for durability. Purchasers can opt to add on one additional year to the HAIX® 1 year warranty by signing up. Certain exclusions apply, see webpage for details.
The Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip runs similar in size to your athletic shoe size. The Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High Side Zip comes in medium and wide. If you are wearing this boot with a wet suit for swiftwater rescue, you will need to go up in size to accommodate any dry socks.
The Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 VT Desert High SIde Zip has a lace pocket at the top of the lacing for storing the laces. It prevents the laces from snagging or tripping you up.

Very comfortable

These boots are very comfortable and hold the foot and ankle very well.
For women's size I prefer two sizes down, a size 6 for size 8 foot. They are perfect. I've ordered man's boots before, and this is typically the size ratio.
I highly recommend these boots.



Big fan of theses boots. Excellente bottes

I’m not usually a big fan of zip boots because they tend to break easily. However with these I have no worries. The zip is big and sturdy. The boots are amazingly comfortable. I really like the lace hiding system, works really well with tuck in pants.


Très satisfait de ces bottes. Le zip est de bonne qualité et solide. Le confort et le soutien sont excellent. Super bottes !!!



Best boot ever had

To start off I will say I don't really ever leave reviews.... that being said I have to say these boots are the best I've ever had. I wear this style of boot (tactical) every day for about 12+ hours a day. Even when off work they are my go to shoe. I have tried all boots before these.... Bates s&w tactical research Merrill ect. List goes on. With the Haix boots there is very little to no break in period and the sole/arch area of these boots are second to none especially for the ones with flat feet. For any one that suffers from some sort of foot/ankle issues these are your boots! I am in the process of ordering my fourth pair. I am very hard on boots and wear them constantly. Boots in past will just start to come apart. I've never had any of my Haix boots come apart...I just start wearing down the tread. I still have all my old Haix boots.. and use them as back ups, truck boots or camping/training boots. I'm very happy with these and will stay true to this band.



Great, but…

These are my “go to” boots. They’re comfortable, durable, practical and don’t look ridiculous. The side zip feature is incredible for those days you need to take a tactical safety nap. Just unzip these babies and boom….off they go. When you’re ready to chase bad guys or defend freedom, put them back in gangsta mode and you’re pretty much superhuman. They’re not made in communist China by slaves. They stand up to the harshest of activities but yet gently support your feet and prevent them from the elements. The only gripe I have is they don’t offer a “wide” size and they tend to run a little narrow. Other than that, they’re flawless.

Ryan B.


True to Size and Comfy

I received my pair after purchasing them online. I was happy to find that the boots fit according to my size. Boots seem to be quite comfortable and not too hot (my feet sweat easily). THey are also very lightweight. These boots would be a 10/10 but I gave them an 8 for the following reasons:

- The lace tuck-flap is kind of annoying and the velcro doesn't stick all that well. I just tuck the laces to the side
- At the base of the zipper on the inside of each boot there is a bit of an excess of material causing the boot to bulge out a bit. Minor cosmetic issue for me.

Hopefully they break in nicely and give me a couple years of use (I'm in the military so we'll see).

Steven H.


inexpensive, high quality

great quality boot. I have very thin ankles, and this does not taper as much as other shoes, but the comfort and support are excellent.

Alfred S.


Most comfortable hiking/walking boots

These are by far the most comfortable hiking/walking boots I have owned. This is my second pair. The side zip hugely functional for a quick slip on. Great grippy sole, the pocket to hide the laces, the Achilles’ tendon support, the arch support all make for an amazing product. I use them for hiking, day use if I will be walking any significant amount, and have also worn them for tree planting in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Overall, great boot.



Comfortable, no break-in to speak of, sizing for women difficult

Upon trying them on I noticed they are narrow and a seam runs over the joint of my pinkie toe and it presses there but this loosens up as I wear. The insole fits very well to my foot though.
Zip is great to get into and out of - no lace adjustment after you've finished tweaking them.
Sizing for women looking to buy, I ordered 1 1/2 down and it's perfect with thicker socks



Excellent boots!

Pure perfection


The best boots made!

I just bought my second pair of these after wearing my first pair daily for about 2 1/2 years. The originals are still materially in great condition, just scuffed and such from daily use. I love the Black Eagle Athletic for daily and warmer use and I wear the regular full leather versions for colder weather. All are awesome!

Jason K.


Great boot

This is my second pair of haix boots. My first pair was at least 6 years old they were the black ones. Finely had to get a new pair because the soles were coming off the other's and it was just time. Took a little longer to break these in than I remember the other ones taking but I still love and will definitely be getting another pair asap. Thank you for a great boot!

Kay L.


Comfortable and sturdy

These boots were recommended to me after I broke my ankle and needed a boot with good ankle support. I was not disappointed. They are extremely comfortable, have good support, and ample toe room. Initially they were stiff but the lacing allowed to me to customize the fit for each foot. I love the side zip for ease of putting them on although it requires a good tug. The tred looks like it will be suitable for winter hikes.

Ruth K.


Awesome Boots

My wife bought me my first pair of HAIX apprimately 8 years ago and I haven’t worn anything different since. I believe this is my 8th pair of HAIX boots and they are best law enforcement boots by far and I have been in the law enforcement for close to 30 years and worn many brands/types-just wish HAIX was around for police back then. Nothing comes close to HAIX…Thanks so much

Jason W.


Excellent Value

Other than the little flap that holds the laces up and out of the way, and the velcro that holds the flaps down, amazing fit and finish on these boots and very comfortable.

Aaron J W.



I bought them for my fiance he just loves them they are comfortable he took the right out of the box and put them right on!! Will be getting another pair as soon as possible



Best boot I've had yet

So I now own 2 pairs of these boots, one pair is a daily wear boot and the other pair are for getting dirty. I will admit that it takes a solid 2 weeks for them to break in but once they do they really are a comfortable boot. I would like to see a little more cushioning inside cause after 16 hours on my feet they do get a little stiff. If you are on the fence about these boot just buy them, you won't be sorry!

Charlie G.


All day comfort

I have been buying these boots for a few years now. They are second to none. Some days I am in them for over 20 hours. They fit great. Comfort like a slipper, easy on and off for TSA and durable

Jamie z.



Great boot, fit like a glove. Very comfortable to wear and a good looking boot.

Rudy F.


Great Quality

These are a very high quality boot. Bought these to replace my Hot-weather SWAT boots. Although these are significantly heavier than a SWAT, the quality, durability and comfort do not even compare. The ankle support is great, the rubber toe cap is very durable, the side zip is heavy duty and convenient, and the tongue lace pouch is just straight genius. Well made boot, can't wait to test them in the elements more.



Top shelf quality

Couldn't ask for a nicer boot! Quality, comfort, durability and great looks. Get complements often, that's always nice!

John P.


2 Minnesota Winters And Still Look New

I bought these and thought they would be like all the rest. Boy, was I wrong. These boots have survived 2 MN winters and still look new. They are stiff, comfortable and mold to your feet for an almost snap-in feel. Just a note about these boots when they're new - they are very stiff. Mine came with a recommendation to wear them casually for a few days to break them in. After the break-in period they were a perfect fit.

Keep my feet warm in the winter and pretty comfortable in the summer. Rain or shine, they do their job and do it well.

Just bought another style of boot from HAIX, for some variety. This is where I'm shopping from now on.

Adam L.


Happy walking.

Great fit, true to size. Great ankle support. Seems like they came already broke in. Trying to decide which shoes to purchase next.

Ness K.


Absolutely love them from the minute I put them on so well built

Felt great from the time I put them on , if youre thinking about these boots buy them they are great

Ross R.


My Favorite Boots


Squeaky boots

Initially the boots were very comfortable and breathable. After wearing these boots for 80 hours on the job the squeaking began. These boots squeak so loud when I walk. I definitely will not be wearing these boots on missions requiring any stealth whatsoever. You can hear these boots coming from a mile away!



Simply Excellent

I got the original Black eagle athletic 11's a few years ago and I fell deeply in love. After I wore those every single day, without exception, I eventually had to find a new pair, I immediately went to rebuy them but found they are discontinued to my dismay. After my experience with those boots there was simply nowhere else, no other boot company I would turn to, so I took a chance on these new editions. After a few days of breaking them in, they are just as good as the previous editions. These boots are the ultimate combination of sturdy and flexible, rugged and athletic. I can hike rough trail in these boots, or I can sprint full speed in these. There is simply nothing better. If you need lightweight boots that do not sacrifice toughness do not get anything else. These boots are it, stop what you are doing and order a pair.



Great boots!!

I own a pair of Haix duty boots with the side zip. They are very comfortable, light weight, easy to get on and off, and look great. I decided to buy a pair of these as well for casual use, hiking, range, off-duty, etc. I am also very happy with these. They are also very comfortable, easy to get on and off, and they look great.

Billy W.


Amazing boots!

This is the second pair of these boots I have. The ankle support is perfect for every day use, foot pursuits and SWAT. The tread is thick and wicked aggressive. Love these boots!



Haix Black Eagle Athletic 20VT High Sidezip Desert

I climb roofs everyday and this boot really holds up to the abuse they get with excellent ankle support and grip.

Paul B.


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Excellent but...

I had the V1s when the first came out and when they where finally available I was elated to find that they had done some streamlining. I absolutely love these boots but it took an exceptionally long time for them to break in. My boots took nearly two months of everyday use before they stopped giving me foot pain. I may have just gotten a off set but now that they are broken in they are exactly what I expect from Haix.

Bradyn T.


Perfect Boots

Quick question ... how did you get a mold of my foot and orthotics and make a boot that fits absolutely perfect ..... just curious ,,, I am not mad at all ... so much so that I will be buying another pair or 2 of these boots. You nailed it on these boots. lightweight and comfortable. I have had 3 previous pairs of Haix boots, all have incredible and i would highly recommend all of them. These boots are top of the food chain for me. Perfect boots all around. I have had a career in the military. I have worn many many brands of boots through my career. These are very nigh end at a very reasonable price.



Great Fit

Great boots, took a few days to loosen and break in but they are super comfortable. I wear them all day in my job in the military and have no real complaints. Planning on buying a pair in black as well.

Katherine W.

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