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The Benefits of Ariat's 4LR™ Technology

Academy Staff
3 min read

There’s more that goes into your boots than just your feet! Underneath the rubber, leather, and fabric are decades of innovation and technology with the sole purpose of providing everyday support and comfort while maximizing performance.

Ariat is at the forefront of innovation and has been making your boots more comfortable since 1993. As a leader in developing advanced technologies to deliver products that outperform in a variety of demanding environments, Ariat is focused on real-world product functionality to improve product performance – including quality, superior comfort, and durability.

What’s Special about 4LR™ Technology?

This is the brand's foundational technology. Ariat boots were the first to integrate the support and cushioning of athletic footwear into western boots. Their 4LR™ technology is designed to provide the comfort you need for everyday wear and long hours on your feet. If a well-made pair of boots that don’t have to be replaced every 6 months are what you’re looking for then Ariat boots with 4LR™ technology are your perfect fit.

The benefits of Ariat’s 4LR™ Technology include:

  • Moisture-wicking liner (on select boots) - Helps block odor
  • Cushioning insole - Provides all day comfort
  • Lightweight non-metallic stabilizing shank - Improves stability and support without affecting flexibility
  • Slip-resistant outsole - Gives traction and stability on any surface

Western Boots with 4LR™ Technology


Featuring 4LR™ technology for classic comfort, and a Duratread™ outsole for increased durability, Ariat Sidebet Western Boots will give you that broken-in feel for years to come. There’s also a mesh lining for added comfort and pull loops to make getting in and out of your boots a breeze.


Work Boots with 4LR™ Technology


For light duty work, try soft toe Ariat Groundbreaker Work Boots. 4LR™ technology makes them comfortable to walk in and supports and cushions for all day wear.

For work that needs more protection, try the Academy exclusive Ariat Manvel Steel Toe Work Boots – built with the same mesh lining as the Groundbreaker but includes a steel toe for added protection.


Learn even more about the innovation behind Ariat Work Boots technology, including Ariat’s U-Turn® Entry System, Duratread™ outsoles, and ATS® Max technology. Shop for Ariat clothing and boots online and in-store at Academy Sports + Outdoors.