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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Example of box marking (brown boots, European size).

The tread pattern of the classic German army boots, the so-called "Berghaken Profilsohlen", was very successful and well-developed. It was copied, for example, in the M-91 model Finnish Army boots.

The outsoles of German army boots were produced by many manufacturers, for example:

- "Continental" (among all the contract manufacturers of the Bundeswehr boots outsoles, this company produced the most hard and durable polyurethane outsoles, resistant to wear and tear on the typical city pavement).

- "Metzeler" - the most soft of all the outsoles, though the boots heels used to be worn out heavily on the asphalt);

- "Ir", "Tewa", "Winterberg", "Cosmoped", "SKYWALK" and the other were of medium softness (and wear resistance).

A very important issue is the choice of a good insole. The German statutory green plastic thin-mesh insole is one of the best options for good air circulation and comfort of wear. The only precaution that should be taken into account is the necessity to choose the exact size for the particular pair of boots, because the pressed and molded edges of the insoles can crumble if the size selection was wrong.

A curious fact - on some Russian-language forums the Bundeswehr "paratrooper's" and "infantry" boots are quite oftenly mixed, sometimes they are wrongly called the "corporal" boots, although the rank of corporal has never been used in the German army.

Actually, the aforementioned "paratrooper's" and "infantry" boots are quite different.

Let's consider all these boots in details.

The German "paratrooper's" boots (in German they are called "Fallschirm Springerstiefel" or "Fallschirmspringer-Schnurstiefel") have unpadded tongue, they are made of smooth black leather and feature yellow-coloured solid lining (soft padding plus thin soft "glove"-type leather) along the tibia to the top.

Such boots were made back in the 1960s. Further on, since 1990s the copies of such boots, with "Vibram"- type outsole, are still produced by commercial copy-cats like "MilTEC" or "MFH" in some variants: with steel toe-cap (yellow or black lining) or without steel toe-cap (orange lining).

"Die Fallschirmspringer-Schnurstiefel" ("Paratrooper's top-laced boots") were manufactured in 2 versions - depending on the outsole type.

Variant 1 This model did not feature reinforced counter, the tongue was unpadded, but the top part of the boots featured the inner layer of cushioning material (wadding).

Variant 2

In the year 2000, the boots were very similar to the Variant 1 boots, but featured hook clamps for laces fixation.

The "Infantry"-type boots differ from the "paratrooper's" boots (which, as we remember, featured the inner layer of cushioning material (wadding), unpadded tongue, also they lacked the counter reinforcement).

The Germans themselves do not call these boots the "infantry", preferring to call them brown or black lace-up boots.

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