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Uncle Joe's Boots

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Uncle Joe's Boots

If you try to describe the army footwear of the countries participating in the Second World War in one word, then for the German it will be "quality", for the British - "conservatism", and for the American - "search".


Why exactly "search"?

Let's figure it out together.

American search


Until 1939, an American infantryman walked in field boots similar to British ones. With the same windings in which he was shod during the First World War. This is understandable - the shoes were designed for internal service.

But the fire of a new division of the world broke out in Europe. And it became clear to the overseas strategists that participation in the fight could not be avoided. Feverish development of new types of weapons began. And along with the ammunition.

The windings were abandoned. At first, the boots did not differ much from their predecessors. They became a little higher.

They were called "Service Shoes" of the first sample. Made of glossy brown dyed leather. They had leather soles and heels. All this abundantly "showered" with thorns.

Came out expensive. And unreliable.

During military maneuvers in the 1940s, the leather sole would fail after three weeks.

The boots were removed from the security. And they quickly began to develop a new type.

However, there are photographs where, during the landing in Normandy, the Americans attacking coastal fortifications were shod in such boots. Apparently, the rangers realized that it was more convenient to land on the rocky shore with thorns, and took out supplies from the warehouses. This is how they looked, by the way.


Second model


The result of the modernization was the emergence of a model called "Shoes Service Composition Sole" in early 1941. That is, its main difference is the sole. Thick, rubber.

The boot itself, as before, was made of glossy leather of the same brown color. But they began to sew an additional piece on the nose. For durability. The number of lace eyelets remains eight on each side.

The sole was sewn with a double stitch to the "body" of the boot. And in some cases the heel was reinforced with nails.

The boots came out great.

But not without flaws. Quality patent leather looked good both in parades and in the field. I didn't get wet for a long time. But, getting wet, it did not dry out just as long. How does wet skin rub your foot? In general, that is still torture. In addition, despite the triple stitching, the joint between the top and bottom of the boot often ripped.

This is what the second sample looked like.


Third model


Taking into account the above factors, in 1943, the developers provided the army with army boots (Service Shoes) of the third type.

This boot was even better suited to combat. The main difference is the material of manufacture. Now shoes were sewn from inverted leather. This material got wetted faster. But it also dried out almost instantly.

The weak junction of the top and bottom was reinforced with a rivet, like jeans pockets. It has become much stronger. It stopped tearing at the seams. Made the stitching of the nose of the boot and the sole more technological.

Here is a picture of the third model.


Fourth model


But the shoemakers did not sit quietly in place.

In the same year 1943, the fourth model of Service Shoes Reverse Upper appeared. Figuratively speaking, it was a simplified third type, but with the correction of the identified minor flaws.

The material is the same inverted leather, but thinner and therefore more elastic. An additional nose pad and upper eyelets were removed from the design. So the leg did not rest against the skin when bent and did not rub it to bloody wounds.

The outsole was made with thinner and softer rubber.

All this diversity existed until the winter of 1944.

And then everything changed again.

Fifth model


The fact is that in 1943 the fifth model was developed - "Service Combat Boots". But due to the workload of the industry, they did not have time to launch this model. And the updated boots began to enter the troops just before the defeat of Germany and Japan.

What were they?

The main difference from the previous model was that they began to sew a leather gaiter with two straps to the bootleg, saving the infantrymen from the difficult and time-consuming process of lacing canvas gaiters. Which at one time replaced the inconvenient windings.

The new boots instantly became popular among the troops.

From the inside, the gaiter was hemmed with white or olive cotton fabric.

Yes, there was one more innovation. The rivet previously used to strengthen the fastening of the top and bottom was removed from the boot structure.

In connection with what? It was not possible to find out this.


And finally, I want to show all the charm of fastening and lacing of American army gaiters.

Author:
Photos used:
modeland.com.ua, https://warspot.ru, https://over.moscow/voennaya-obuv-kotoraya-izmenila-modu, /fishki.net/2202894-voennye-botinki-ssha-vremen-vtoroj-mirovoj .html, http://paraparabellum.ru/
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 27 January 2021 11: 11
    +4
    The ankle straps were reinforced, and the leggings only covered the lacing from dirt, it seems.
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      27 January 2021 11: 23
      +19
      My personal opinion was that it was more to preserve the bottom of the uniform pants. Most susceptible to mechanical damage. Our boots did not strengthen the ankles.
      1. NDR-791
        NDR-791 27 January 2021 11: 29
        +16
        My personal opinion was that it was more to preserve the bottom of the uniform pants.
        This is to protect the shoes from water, snow, sand, small stones, dirt from above. In the mountains, they help well on small mounds. It is also good from snakes and from insects that live in vegetation.
      2. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 27 January 2021 11: 43
        +2
        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        My personal opinion was that it was more to preserve the bottom of the uniform pants. Most susceptible to mechanical damage
        This is just in time for leggings, but windings are even now used, only in sports, taping is called.
        1. mmaxx
          mmaxx 28 January 2021 10: 07
          +2
          Yes, well ... Taping and windings don't stand next to each other.
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 28 January 2021 10: 27
            +1
            Quote: mmaxx
            Taping and windings don't stand next to each other.

            But the principle of maintenance is the same, but before modern priblud athletes, and specifically sports. orienteers, they wrapped their legs with a band-aid, there schemes were rather complicated. And I also had to shave my legs. lol
      3. Alien From
        Alien From 27 January 2021 13: 39
        +6
        Thanks, very interesting! We are waiting for the continuation! hi
      4. hohol95
        hohol95 27 January 2021 19: 40
        +3
        Will there not be articles about some kind of "exotic"? Shoe the armies of France, Poland or Italy.
        1. The leader of the Redskins
          27 January 2021 20: 59
          +9
          The material is already being collected. With difficulties.
          1. hohol95
            hohol95 27 January 2021 21: 20
            +4
            As the Great Combinator said - "Only cats will be born quickly!" good Will wait drinks
      5. Maki Avellevich
        Maki Avellevich 28 January 2021 07: 40
        +4
        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        My personal opinion was that it was more to preserve the bottom of the uniform pants.

        each infantryman's trousers die from the knees.
        gaiters to protect boots from dirt when crawling, for which the infantry was created.
        everyone who was on the march knows what a tiny pebble in a shoe does with a foot.
        I personally in the service often grieved over the disappearance of the gaiters.
  2. Sancho_SP
    Sancho_SP 27 January 2021 11: 20
    +2
    Curious, but it seems that they have already written about this.
  3. hohol95
    hohol95 27 January 2021 11: 21
    +6
    With their number of shoe factories and the amount of raw materials. So they made it up. But just running in such is clearly not in the autumn mud. Where to dry later ...
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 27 January 2021 11: 31
      +10
      In the first, second and fourth versions, you can also drive to dance. And the fifth one will do for the mountains even now. And the dirt is not g ..., it will dry out - it will disappear. Moreover, it is almost impossible to dry out at the Pacific theater. Only with a fire.
      1. hohol95
        hohol95 27 January 2021 20: 15
        +3
        "Race to the dance" requires socks for running shoes. They are not designed for footcloths. And judging by the comments below, they were sewn on the average American feet. Our soldiers and officers did not like these "boots"!
    2. Konnick
      Konnick 27 January 2021 11: 47
      +21
      You're right. The Americans and the British had a big problem with this beautiful shoe, which was called "Trench Foot". Due to the fact that these shoes were well fitted anatomically and fit tightly, a problem appeared in the conditions of European winter - poor ventilation and dampness. From Wikipedia - "Trench foot (trench foot) is a seasonal disease, a kind of frostbite, the essence of which is the defeat of the feet due to prolonged exposure to cold and dampness during forced inactivity." Stagnation of blood and softening of the skin of the legs from moisture at temperatures below 5 degrees. Up to 30% of the personnel of the guards and parachute units of the British army suffered from this disease.
      In the Red Army, there was no such illness, the personnel were shod in boots with footcloths - airing through the free bootleg and rewinding the footcloths with a wet part to the shin made it possible not even to know about this trouble.
      I don’t know how this is in the modern Russian army with poorly executed American-English shoes, since I wore kerzachs with footcloths before and after the oath.
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 28 January 2021 10: 29
        +1
        Quote: Konnick
        There was no such illness in the Red Army, the personnel were shod in boots with footcloths
        But not one hundred percent! Boots with windings were very widespread among us!
        1. Konnick
          Konnick 28 January 2021 10: 33
          +2
          But our shoes were worn with footcloths, not with socks, and footcloths require more space and did not interfere with blood supply due to tight lacing and "model" last. Read the comment further:
          A similar episode can be found in the memoirs of Sergeant Sergei Kostin, to whom allied shoes were issued in January 1944 in a training battalion of junior commanders of the Red Army.
          "I got boots with a low instep. In February 1944, I got frostbitten on both feet. I was in the brigade infirmary for about 20 days. My feet turned black, but quickly healed, and I was back in action."
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 28 January 2021 10: 47
            0
            Quote: Konnick
            Read the comment further:
            A similar episode can be found in the memoirs of Sergeant Sergei Kostin, to whom allied shoes were issued in January 1944 in a training battalion of junior commanders of the Red Army.
            This is an article but not a comment, and in your comment, boots were not mentioned at all, none.
            1. Konnick
              Konnick 28 January 2021 11: 04
              +1
              There were isolated cases, in comparison with the Allied armies this was not. The Germans also did not have such a disease. In our army in WWII, even some commanders also preferred boots with windings, they considered it more convenient.
              1. Vladimir_2U
                Vladimir_2U 28 January 2021 11: 09
                0
                Quote: Konnick
                There were isolated cases, in comparison with the Allied armies this was not. The Germans also did not have such a disease.
                I do not argue with that, success! hi
      2. Svidetel 45
        Svidetel 45 28 January 2021 16: 46
        +4
        I consider it stupid to switch from boots to boots, for everyday life, yes, in the conditions of a settlement, but for the field, especially in the off-season, only boots and footcloths.
  4. Mykhalych
    Mykhalych 27 January 2021 11: 28
    +11
    Well, I hope the advantages of non-tolerant footcloths, no one will dispute, in the sense of practicality in the field and not on the floor. And the boots ... untie the knot soaked, - be so ...
    1. Blacksmith 55
      Blacksmith 55 27 January 2021 12: 04
      +15
      At that time, there were probably no shoes better than tarpaulins with footcloths. I mean on the Russian-German front. To rewind footcloths, it's a matter of a minute, and your feet are dry again. Drying out wet boots is also not so long.
      In America itself or in Western Europe, the roads are different, and they fought in Europe differently.
      1. NDR-791
        NDR-791 27 January 2021 12: 16
        +12
        At that time, there were probably no shoes better than tarpaulins with footcloths
        The same opinion. I still wear footcloths, even with ankle boots, not only with boots. On the hunt and in the mountains there is no better. Socks only sleep.
        1. Andrey Zhdanov-Nedilko
          Andrey Zhdanov-Nedilko 27 January 2021 18: 06
          +7
          You are completely correct! In the army, sometimes in the cold season I wore woolen socks instead of footcloths, but not that ... There is nothing better than tarpaulins with footcloths! And a woolen sock, by the way, wears out completely in a week, at most in two. Even with synthetic thread sewn into the heel of the sock. Alas.
          1. Blacksmith 55
            Blacksmith 55 27 January 2021 20: 35
            +2
            In boots with footcloths, when moving, the legs did not get very cold, it was worse without movement, for example, at the post, on guard, but in winter they gave out felt boots and sheepskin coat.
      2. vladcub
        vladcub 27 January 2021 13: 12
        +10
        As a child, I often talked with veterans, and my mother was a participant in the Second World War, most of them praised our kirzachi. I don't remember much about the enemy, as a child it was boring, it seems that the tops of the Germans were tough. Someone really praised the Canadian boots. Now I understand that I missed a lot of interesting things, but the teenagers had other interests
      3. Reviews
        Reviews 28 January 2021 09: 20
        +2
        Quote: smith 55
        In America itself or in Western Europe, the roads are different, and they fought in Europe differently.

        In Korea and Vietnam, they continued to fight in boots and socks, although the problems were above the roof:
        Pus was still oozing from the ulcers, so every time I took off my shoes to change socks, I had to hold my breath to avoid the smell of rotting feet.

        I must be vigilant that there are no trench feet in my platoon. The soldiers are constantly wet.

        Several people had severely affected legs: trench feet, wrinkled skin with red pimples and blisters.
        © Philip Caputo "War Rumor"

        Vietnam was "only" damp, but Korea was damp in summer and cold in winter.
  5. Crowe
    Crowe 27 January 2021 11: 32
    +22
    More than 15 million pairs of shoes came to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease from America. If it was still possible to fight on tanks and planes, then some of the uniform elements supplied by the Allies were completely useless. Lieutenant General Nikolai Antipenko, one of the most famous logisticians of Velikaya World War II recalled that leather shoes from the United States were of poor quality.
    "The boots had an uncomfortable last (low rise), the sole quickly burst, so our fighter was more willing to put on his repaired shoes than new foreign ones."
    Despite the external brilliance and seeming good quality, these boots "pressed unmercifully in the rise." It was in this place that they were so cramped that the question of their use practically disappeared - only the soldier who was lucky enough to grab 2-3 sizes larger than required , felt, for the time being, bearable.
    A similar episode can be found in the memoirs of Sergeant Sergei Kostin, to whom allied shoes were issued in January 1944 in a training battalion of junior commanders of the Red Army.
    "I got boots with a low instep. In February 1944, I got frostbitten on both feet. I was in the brigade infirmary for about 20 days. My feet turned black, but quickly healed, and I was back in action."
    Trying to solve the problem, the fighters cut the instep at the boots and sewed patches in this place. But such "damage" to the shoes threatened disciplinary action.
    This is what Sergeant Alexander Kharizov, who participated in the liberation of the Pskov region, said (quoted from the collection From Soldier to General, Volume 12)
    “At that time, the Americans supplied Russian soldiers with shoes. At first glance, she was good, but as soon as she stepped into a puddle, she immediately became limp, and some kind of slippers came out. "
    Such are the reviews.
    1. pmkemcity
      pmkemcity 27 January 2021 18: 19
      +9
      Quote: Crowe
      I got low-rise boots

      There is even such a concept - a Russian block, this is when a small size (42-43), large width and high rise. Now, with "import substitution", it is very difficult to find (for example for me) such shoes, mainly "flippers", as I call them. EKKO, Meryl from consumer goods is still there with such a shoe, or to look for it on occasion. At the age of 50, it is already difficult to walk in these fins - they are narrow, you have to take a couple of sizes larger, the rise puts pressure on the fingers and you get gout. EVA boots for fishing began to do the same on the western blocks - you can't remove your leg from there, only with mothers. I wear old glued-re-glued ones, I can't find a replacement. I bought two pairs of Haiks, it is impossible to hunt, below zero like skates, but the leather and membrane are excellent.
      Yes, I forgot to mention Tsebo, which were sold in GUTMO under Soviet rule - excellent low shoes! Lightweight, soft, not expensive, enough for a year and a half of daily socks in the mode of "sneakers" and everyday shoes - not killed. Ours were comfortable and cheaper, but the leather soles were erased to holes when shuffling along the steps of the school, it's a pity that now there are none.
      1. The leader of the Redskins
        27 January 2021 19: 25
        +7
        I fully support! All my life I wear size 43. About five years ago I got the opportunity to sew autumn shoes to order from a master.
        And what do you think? He sewed me 42 (!) On the Russian stock. And I wonderfully departed in them for several seasons!
        1. hohol95
          hohol95 27 January 2021 20: 21
          +1
          It comes out differently for me.
          Since the "death" of the USSR, he wore 43.
          With the current "small size and large size" and other overshoots in the size ranges of clothes and shoes, 45 slippers suit me! Work boots 44 and autumn low boots in 42 sizes!
          1. pmkemcity
            pmkemcity 28 January 2021 05: 11
            +3
            Exactly the same garbage - I recently looked at my boots, I stuck my leg only in size 47 (and these are Russian ones !!!), but they still put pressure on my fingers, very narrow, I didn't take it. Soviet size 42 for summer and 43 for toe in winter. Sewing to order ichigi from Poskryakov, 15 years ago, as his woman said - take size by size, i.e. 42. I am not overjoyed to wear! And also problems with hats ... and the belly sticks out from under the T-shirt! When will there be an article about them?
            1. The leader of the Redskins
              28 January 2021 09: 27
              +4
              Not. I do not aim at the form))
              And with T-shirts the same trouble - the feeling that they are sewn on pot-bellied short ones. And I'm not pot-bellied, but wide. And so he moved a little - he pops out of his trousers!
              1. pmkemcity
                pmkemcity 28 January 2021 10: 21
                +2
                Quote: Leader of the Redskins
                And I'm not pot-bellied, but wide.

                And I'm slim, but pot-bellied! This also happens. drinks
              2. your1970
                your1970 28 January 2021 11: 35
                +1
                Quote: Leader of the Redskins
                And I'm not pot-bellied, but wide.

                Another KV-2 would be not wide lol lol
        2. Konnick
          Konnick 28 January 2021 11: 35
          +2
          Our last for our feet. In the store, I immediately distinguish between imported shoes and domestic ones - the climb is pressing in imported ones, and I can't even insert a leg into Chinese ones. We have a foot of openwork drinks
      2. your1970
        your1970 28 January 2021 11: 32
        +1
        Quote: pmkemcity
        EKKO, Meryl

        Ralph Ringer is a very good last, it is ours - a high rise, a large body, sewn tightly from good material. I take it without measuring my 45 .. I have not yet missed .. It is worn for a long time ...
        The only drawback is the price, winter ones are around 8-10 pipes
    2. Svidetel 45
      Svidetel 45 28 January 2021 17: 14
      0
      I read the memoirs of a WWII participant published in the book "forty-five against tigers", he also had to wear American boots, the reviews were not flattering, when they switched to our kirzachs, then, he writes, it was a great relief.
  6. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 27 January 2021 11: 48
    +1
    The presence of one pair of footcloths made it possible to walk in boots on both autumn mud and spring wet snowdrifts ... I rewound all the bells and whistles. Are there shoes today that allow you to repeat this? I've already tried boots and socks (though at work). They should have gone ... to Uncle Joe.
  7. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 27 January 2021 12: 09
    +11
    But they began to sew an additional piece on the nose. For durability. Great! Is it to kick with "pleasure"? what
    the charm of fastening and lacing of American army gaiters.

    "He began to pull on leggings ... they say to him: not yours!"

    "We bought beautiful leggings for our Masha ..."

    Even Scrooge in leggings!
    1. vladcub
      vladcub 27 January 2021 14: 29
      +6
      Already an adult, and sometimes I want to watch a good cartoon.
      I love classic Soviet cartoons. Or the classic Desney, and Scrooge is funny, but not so handsome
      1. Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I 27 January 2021 15: 22
        +6
        Quote: vladcub
        Or the Desney classics

        Cartoons about Scrooge McDuck. Scrooge McDuck is a character who became famous after the release of the Duck Tales cartoons. For many years, Scrooge McDuck has come a long way from a minor character of the universe Disney to the main character of this universe. As his popularity grew, the hero began to appear on TV, in films and video games. Scrooge gained popularity all over the world. Comics with him have been translated into many languages. Scrooge is considered to be one of the brightest symbols of entrepreneurship, character and ability to survive in the world of American animation and comics ... (This is an opinion on the Internet ...) And this: Despite Scrooge's stinginess and his thirst for profit, those close to him are more important wealth. Scrooge is extremely honest and hardworking, which is what he demands from others.
        1. hohol95
          hohol95 27 January 2021 21: 55
          +2
          An honest billionaire? With such happiness and freedom ... belay
          1. Nikolaevich I
            Nikolaevich I 28 January 2021 05: 13
            +2
            Quote: hohol95
            An honest billionaire? With such happiness and freedom ..

            Well, why are you surprised? There are so many in Russia! And free! fellow
            And about Scrooge McDuck in the internet read in the description of "duck stories"! yes Young people need positive images! winked
            1. hohol95
              hohol95 28 January 2021 05: 16
              +1
              And a new square-headed art. In the new version of UI, Mrs. Kluvdia is a former special agent. And Duckworth died, but returned in spirit from the other world to protect Scrooge.
  8. The eye of the crying
    The eye of the crying 27 January 2021 12: 19
    +6
    Why "Uncle Joe"? That was what they called Stalin.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 27 January 2021 19: 12
      +3
      Correctly noticed, I was also surprised.
      1. The leader of the Redskins
        27 January 2021 19: 27
        +4
        To be honest, no background))
        Well, the first "purely American" name that came to mind!
        YES, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR COMMENTS!
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 27 January 2021 19: 33
          +5
          Igor, thanks. smile
          I never thought it would be so interesting to read about boots.
          And the leggings finished me off, I wonder if they had a standard for the speed of their lacing?
          On the topic of boots: I read somewhere that the Japanese in the twenties had rubber boots with a separate "toe" for the big toe. Have you come across this?
          1. hohol95
            hohol95 27 January 2021 20: 06
            +5
            Dzika-tabi.
            The article "Odyssey of the Forked Toe: The History of the Tabi".
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 27 January 2021 20: 17
              +4
              Thank you, Alexey, but you can't get a little more detailed, I have problems with loading now. hi
              1. hohol95
                hohol95 27 January 2021 20: 31
                +4
                Tabi are forked socks that appeared in Japan around the beginning of the 15th century after the import of cotton from China began.
                The main shoes were GETA sandals (ancient Japanese "slates" on a high wooden sole). Therefore, the socks were made, as it were, split into two parts.
                It turns out that the boots or boots of jika-tabi were first conceived as shoes for workers of various specialties. And during the war, the soldiers of the allied forces easily tracked the movement of Japanese soldiers in dziks-tabi because of the very characteristic footprints! Lightweight, the soldier moved quickly in them. But it left a very specific mark! Could be easily tracked.
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 27 January 2021 20: 33
                  +4
                  Okay, thanks, now all that remains is to find the photo.
                  1. hohol95
                    hohol95 27 January 2021 20: 35
                    +4
                    Drive in jika-tabi. Or the shoes of Japanese soldiers from World War II.
                    A bit like the Jung Boots from the comment below on the thread.
          2. John22
            John22 27 January 2021 21: 00
            +4
            The veteran of Khalkhin Gol told me about rubber slippers with a separate thumb. And he also said that the Japanese knew how to stick out this thumb to the side. Therefore, the shoes were like that. For more stability.
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 27 January 2021 21: 07
              +3
              What was surprising was the rubber, because the legs must be sweating insanely.
  9. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 27 January 2021 12: 20
    +5
    People really worked to improve the shoe. Respect. Good article.
    1. Usher
      Usher 28 January 2021 01: 37
      -3
      Quote: Mikhail3
      People really worked to improve the shoe. Respect. Good article.

      And what's the point?
      1. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 28 January 2021 12: 41
        +1
        Does the US Army have bad shoes now? The author of the article highlighted part of the history of finding the optimal solution.
  10. Undecim
    Undecim 27 January 2021 13: 27
    +13
    The author also missed out on shoes like Jungle Boots - boots for the tropics.

    M-1942 or M-42 - canvas "juggle boots" with rubber soles from 1942.
    1. Undecim
      Undecim 27 January 2021 13: 27
      +11

      Experimental model.
      1. Undecim
        Undecim 27 January 2021 13: 31
        +11

        Model 1945 of the year.
    2. The leader of the Redskins
      27 January 2021 14: 16
      +11
      I, on purpose, did not mention the less common models. The same "kormoran" for parachutists. Like the shoes of tankers, sailors ... The cycle, then it can turn into "endless")))
      1. Undecim
        Undecim 27 January 2021 14: 40
        +10
        Considering the scale of the fighting in the Pacific theater, boots for the tropics can hardly be called "rare".
      2. Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I 27 January 2021 15: 08
        +7
        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        I, on purpose, did not mention less common models. The cycle, then it can turn into "infinite")))

        This is reasonable! After all, high fur boots ... have forgotten! stop
      3. hohol95
        hohol95 27 January 2021 19: 58
        +2
        There were 2137 episodes in Santa Barbara ... good
        Or do you want to get by with the size of "Slave Izaura"? lol
      4. garri-lin
        garri-lin 28 January 2021 07: 56
        +4
        Well, we kind of don't mind. You write interesting. Capaciously and to the point. It's a pleasure to read. And the topic is interesting. So do it. We will all be grateful.
  11. svp67
    svp67 27 January 2021 14: 14
    +5
    If you try to describe the army footwear of the countries participating in the Second World War in one word, then for the German it will be "quality", for the British - "conservatism", and for the American - "search".
    ... for the Soviet - "folk tradition" ...
    1. Reviews
      Reviews 28 January 2021 09: 26
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      If you try to describe the army footwear of the countries participating in the Second World War in one word, then for the German it will be "quality", for the British - "conservatism", and for the American - "search".
      ... for the Soviet - "folk tradition" ...

      ... which is the same conservatism.
      1. Corsair71 (Anatoly)
        Corsair71 (Anatoly) 29 January 2021 14: 40
        0
        There was progressive conservatism in assessing the life of his activity. I was struck by the accuracy, I could not formulate it that way.
        1. Reviews
          Reviews 29 January 2021 15: 03
          -1
          Quote: Corsair71 (Anatoly)
          There was progressive conservatism in assessing the life of his activity.

          Rather, "healthy conservatism".
  12. 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave 27 January 2021 18: 30
    +11

    This is where Caterpillar slammed its famous yellow boots.
    Thanks Igor!
  13. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 27 January 2021 21: 04
    +2
    How? And it's all?!!.
    I honestly counted on the continuation of the review - until today ...
    Fifth model! With my heart I feel - just some kind of holiday for our brother collector. Well, as long as the ankle boots are helping out.
    The hat they give at work - have they tried it?
    The question always comes.
  14. Usher
    Usher 28 January 2021 01: 38
    0
    It can be seen that they made the production as cheap as possible. Walking in boots is a joy.
  15. Moris
    Moris 28 January 2021 04: 27
    -1
    The author is not versed in leather and shoe sewing. Invented by himself "
    twisted skin "does not exist. It would be good to sort it out, then write about it on the site, where undoubtedly there are: military quartermasters, graduates of the glorious Volsky school, and just smart people.
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      28 January 2021 09: 36
      +6
      I don't understand. Well, on a professional level. As a user, no matter what.
      Only, after all, Alexei Tolstoy did not communicate with Peter the first, and Boris Polevoy did not sit in the fighter.
      But if you have something to say - write! The platform is open to everyone, just like the Internet!
      1. agond
        agond 28 January 2021 20: 22
        0
        We must pay tribute to the author for a selection of informative pictures,
        on the skins, there really are many options,
        along the lines of the seam, but double or triple is beautiful and holds water while a new one, but the most perfect seam for stitching the skin looks different, but unfortunately it can only be done by hand (Chukchi in the tent with a fish bone needle on a polar night), the seam in business is unique.
        And it would also be interesting to compare the Anglo-American military boots with the German, Finnish and ours.
  16. Avior
    Avior 29 January 2021 00: 11
    0
    Great article. The author is great!
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  18. Alexey Gorshkov
    Alexey Gorshkov 31 January 2021 22: 34
    +2
    Oddly enough, but I PERSONALLY SEEN the remnants of American army boots of that time! The fact is that in my student days (1987-1992) I was a search engine - I walked around the battlefields of the Great Patriotic War, and reburied the remains. Our soldiers got lend-lease American boots. What I remember is that the threads on them rotted for almost half a century, and their leather parts were so ferociously saturated with something that they practically did not decompose, there were literally patterns - it seemed that they could be sewn with new threads and worn!
    1. agond
      agond 3 February 2021 09: 29
      +1
      Crafted leather can persist in the ground for a long time in Europe, sometimes the remains of medieval shoes are found,
  19. puskarinkis
    puskarinkis 2 February 2021 19: 23
    0
    In the 90s, during the Watch of Remembrance near Vitebsk, I saw dug boots ... Brown low boots, the soles were shod like German boots. I wonder what kind of shoe was?