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inner heel liner lasts 60 days of wear
on March 6, 2011
I purchased two pairs of the Oakley Special Forces Elite Special Issue desert combat boots along with the converse Desert boot and tactical research desert boots. I rotated the boots daily so the liners would stay dry and to reduce smell and the risk of jungle foot. I wear the boots for PT and bike rides. At the 60 day mark of wear in Iraq through the end of summer, fall and rainy season of middle Iraq, the heel cup liners on the inside of the Oakley desert combat boots started ripping in both pairs of boots at about the same time. This eventually (in 4 more wearings each) allowed the foam padding to abraid piling onto my socks and then exposed the hard plastic heel form in the inside of the boot.
For the first 58 days, the boots were light, comfortable, looked good and withstood 3x weekly convoys in Cougars and Mraps, walks over the gravel and desert, climbs in and out of broken shells of buildings. Once the heel liners wore out at day 60 of use, the boots hard plastic heel cup has such a hard sharp edge that the discomfort makes the boots unwearable/unseviceable.
The Tactical research boot continues to hold up after 80 days of 12hr/day wear. There is some peeling to the TR outer heel leather wrap where the stitching has given way (I put my feet under the seat across me in the RG33s and Cougars ( who doesn't?)
The Converse desert boot has lasted 2 1/2 months of daily wear. The Converse desert boot has a wide mid-foot last so I recommend it for trial for my soldiers with flat feet that are wide in the middle with the collapsed arch.
At over $135/pair and only 60 wear days of life even when rotated between 4 pairs of boots, I will not recommend these Oakley boots to my junior enlisted unless they can afford to order new boots every two months of daily wear.
Hopefully Oakley will crack the code on their boot design/manufacturing quality control.
I had four pairs of Blackhawk desert wear combat boots. The boots are great for garrison, light comfortable and you can run in them. There is a heel cup liner problem with these also but the liner wears out at about the 7 months of (14 months for two pairs changed every other day and limited wear on the weekends and DONSAs, 12hr-day) wear mark before the hard plastic heel cup is exposed making the boots unserviceable. The plastic toe shield once scratched by wire, a brick or the metal edges in the MRAPs splits and exposes the inner liner of the toe of the boot that quickly tears and exposes your toes. A dab of shoe goo will hold about two months on the sidewalks in garrison or about 1 week in the desert. Another consideration that could be a problem is that the steel mesh shank that supports the arch has two rivets that hold the shank to the sole of the boot. The shank is too narrow to be protection from punji stakes. The rivets are inserted souch that as you cycle your foot roll over the sole of the boot, the rivets loosen with edges that "peel" up to expose a ragged circular lip that has been cutting through the boot foot insole liner. Thankfully the toe box failure and the resultant failure of the boots as a whole came before the metal edges bit into the bottom of my foot. The metal edges stand up about 3mm and the insole of the boot probably collapses to 3.5mm with running or climbing stairs/ladders.