The Salomon Forces line was introduced in early 2016 to offer footwear geared towards the Military and Law Enforcement, but still ensure accessibility to civilians and those desiring a less than flashy look.
For instance, take the popular Speedcross 3. On the outdoor footwear side, the colorways can be quite bright and even in their more subdued black and grey offerings, you get pops of color that don’t blend in well with nature and also feature reflective material.
The goal of the Forces line was to remove these features and “port” existing styles over, making them more desirable to the large segment of Military and Law Enforcement already using them quite extensively.
Salomon Wear Backstory
I’ve long been a fan of the Speedcross shoe from Salomon, shown above. They’re stylish, easy to lace, comfortable right out the box and while the tread lasts, super grippy on a multitude of surfaces.
I discussed my love-hate relationship with Salomons and the Speedcross in an article back at the beginning of 2014, when I was on my 6th pair of them in just over 3 years.
As mentioned there and even above, my only real complaint with the Speedcross is how quickly the tread wears. Just to speak to the caveat here, I still don’t wear the Speedcross as they were designed to be worn. They’re built for trail running and my running and usage consists primarily of pavement with around 10% off road use.
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