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- Waterproof/Breathable Leather | Vulcanized Rubber Sole
- Genuine U.S. Military (Army) Issue, not commercial knockoff (Rothco) or foreign-made imports
- Leather Upper w/ Padded Collar, Vulcanized Rubber Outsole, Energy-Return Rubber Sole
- Nylon-Coated Brass Speedhook/Eyelet Lacing system, removable insole, box toe, Blucher style
- Made by various contractors (Addison, Bates, Belleville, Wellco, Matterhorn) for U.S. Government
- New in manufacturer's box, never issued or worn, much more rugged and durable than commercial
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These are Genuine U.S. Military Combat Boots, made to military specification (MIL-Spec) by various contractors (Bates/Belleville/Matterhorn/Rocky/Wellco) for use in the field by U.S. Military personnel. These are not imports, not "G.I. Style", but genuine Government Issue. Leather Upper; Waterproof yet Breathable & Fire/Mildew Resistant; Non-Marking Rubber Vibram Sole with #148 Kletterlift Lug Pattern; Tri-Layer Shock Aborb+ Energy Return Sole; Lining; 2 Pair Gore-tex Insulated Removable Liner (protects feed down to 14 Degrees F); High Blucher Style; Surlyn Box Toe; Nylon-Coated Partial Speedlace System; Padded Collar; Oil & Slip Resistant/Heat & Abrasion Resistant outsole; Moisture Wicking Removable Insole; Polyurethane Cushioned Midsole.
- Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B004Y0BRGS
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 26, 2011
- Average Customer Review:
Top Customer Reviews
My boots came with two pairs of booties. I had never worn boots with this style of booties before, but they work well. My feet seem to sweat a lot even in the winter and the sweat wicks right into the booties and away from my feet.
I usually wear them with a pair of thin liner socks and boot socks.
I find them pretty comfortable, if maybe a little heavy.
I love the ankle support. My ankles appreciate it too, especially on rough terrain.
I typically wear them on my daily 2+ mile walks with the beagle once it gets cool enough to warrant doing so, and on our hiking excursions during that part of the year. They have proven to be water proof, as evidenced by multiple creek crossings. Once, just to prove to myself that they were waterproof, I stood in a creek in about 5 or 6 inches of water for several minutes. The longest hike I wore them on was just under 12 miles.
The booties have developed some holes in them over time, but I have not bothered to replace them.
I sometimes wear them in warmer weather if I go hiking someplace where I know I will be in a lot of water, as my other boots I wear hiking are not water proof.
The tread is surprisingly good in the typical snow, ice, slush and mud I run across. I also wear them while shoveling snow and operating the snow blower.
I have worn them 2 full seasons now. I am pretty sure they have well over 1000 miles on them, and they are still going strong. No unusual wear patterns on the soles. No failures at all. Even the original laces are still going strong.
I have pictures on my blog, but Amazon does not appear to allow links to such things.
Well, I ended up having to replace the heels. I wrote about this in my blog dated december 28, 2012. I can't link to it but there is more information there if you are interested.
The downside is that these boots are quickly becoming scarce, in favor of the newer tan color suede-out ICW boots. So if you prefer the look of these, you may find supply dropping down to nothing in the next year or so.
For sizing...they WILL run large. They are intentionally made large because you're supposed to wear the included bootie (you get two pair) with the boot, along with a sock liner and a heavy boot sock. Even at that they still run a full size too big. I'm size 11 and a size 10 fits nearly perfectly. Mind the width, too.
Now then, as these boots are becoming scarce, the designed bootie may also become scarce. I've been able to fit these by wearing a sock liner, a pair of medium weight wool hiking socks, then a pair of heavyweight wool socks over them. They still fit a little loose but if the booties ever become unobtainable, this may help.
For use, I strongly suggest getting some third party replacement insoles. The boot itself is fine, but it can be made oh so much more comfortable with a good set of Dr. Scholl's inserts designed for work or hiking boots. The laces are extra long (which makes sense, given the genesis of these boots...good long laces are a survival asset), so combat lace these boots (instructions are online) and/or wrap the extra around the ankle a couple of times. Paracord also works as laces if you're so inclined.
These boots fit a wide variety of conditions, have an honest-to-goodness Vibram sole, and are built to last through a war. It's hard to do better than that.