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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Boots of Bundeswehr (Federal German Armed Forces) for "Paratroops" and "Infantrymen"

The "ankle boots" of Bundeswehr (this name was used for West German army before unification with East Germany, and retained its name further on) are among the most recognizable and popular types of military boots in many European countries. These boots embody the long tradition of the German army footwear. This is due not only to very high quality of materials and design, comfort and ease of use, attractive appearance and distinctive style, but also to their availability. Shoes, uniforms and different military stuff of the Bundeswehr are not prohibited for export and use abroad, in contrast to some other countries like Denmark, Sweden, Canada, etc....

There are different ways by which the army stuff (uniforms, backpacks, belts, tents, isolation mats, sleeping bags, tableware sets, soldiers folding knives, "Esbit" type pocket cooking ranges, gloves ...) and, of course, Bundeswehr boots, used and brand new get to their new owners. As for the army boots, not always the buyers can understand what boots did they purchase, the date of boots manufacture. It is not obvious in what period of time were they used.

Bundeswehr boots of 1970-1990s are very recognizable due to their traditional German design and good quality, perfect workmanship and good grip of the soles tread.

Brown-coloured boots were introduced circa 1971, having replaced high army boots of the so-called "Knobelbecher" - type, which were widely used for decades in the German army. "Knobelbecher" means "dice cup". This strange name appeared thanks to the specific sense of humor of the German soldiers. As these sturdy high boots were made of very thick and hard leather, the soldier's feet used to be clattering inside the boots very similar to the dice in a cup. The Dutch army has created quite a similar term, and even nowadays the Dutch army boots are still called "Legerkisten" or even "Legerlaarzen" ("army chests" and "army boxes" correspondingly).

The brown colour of the combat boots was widely spread in most countries of the world at that time.

In 1973, the Bundeswehr has switched to brown-coloured army boots almost completely, having left the "Knobelbecher"- type high boots only for official ceremonies, for use in German navy, air force, and for specific conditions (such as at low temperatures) as well.

From 1971 to 1975, the polyurethane outsole was not only glued, but also stitched along the edges of the outsoles. For this purpose the tread pattern of the outsole was slightly shifted from the edge of the sole closer to the center.

From 1975 to 1978 they produced the boots with the glued soles only. Since 1978, the Bundeswehr switches to black-colour boots instead of brown. Presumably, this was made due to the fact that black boots are less noticeable for the infrared sight. As a huge amount of brown boots have already been manufactured by that time, the soldiers were often ordered to repaint the issued brown boots to the newly authorized black colour by repeated applying black shoe polish.

In 1984 the army boots design was modified and lasted until the year 1993, when these boots were replaced by the new type boots called "Model 2000". Some boots, manufactured in the period 1984-1993 have been resoled with experimental soles of "Model 2000" type.

For each pair of boots the identification information (size and width, month and year of manufacture, manufacturer's code) is specifically indicated on the tongue, at the top inner side. Initially the size was specified in millimeters ("Mondopoint" system), later on - in the "European metric", e.g., 42 or 46.

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