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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Among the footwear used by the Israelis army, the "Palladium" light canvas boots are worth mentioning. Initially designed for the French armed forces, they feature rubber soles and "direct mold" method of attachment. They dry very quickly (aided by special material of the boots top), they are light and comfortable, and they protect well against small stones and bushes. Howeber, these boots fix the ankle poorly, similarly to keds (sport canvas sneakers with rubber soles).

The canvas "Palladium" boots were developed by the same-named French company, founded in 1920s, which was engaged in manufacturing tires (made of layers of canvas and vulcanized rubber) for the new aviation industry. The quality of their products was so high, that soon the majority of aircraft in Europe used the tires made by "Palladium". After World War II the aircraft industry has entered the era of recession, so the demand for tires decreased dramatically. "Palladium" decided to open a plant in Pont De Cheruy, France, and begin the production of boots, which would be just as strong as the aircraft tires. In 1947, they entered the footwear market with their canvas "Pampa" boots (really famous now!), whose functionality, comfort of wear and durability were so good that the French Foreign Legion began to use these boots widely. The most severe trials have been carried out in harsh desert conditions of North Africa and on the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains.

Below one can see the samples of the Israeli-made "clones" of the popular French boots: black low version and the high green ones (with the two clamps).

It is easy to distinct the original ones and the copies of these famous boots by the tread and labeling of the products (for example, one can see the label of the "Dafna" Kibbutz.

After more than 65 years of service, the time-tested boots of this type are still widely used, for example, in the Israeli security services.

These strong, reliable and lightweight boots, relatively cheap in production, with all the advantages and disadvantages (100% synthetic materials) of footwear of this type. They are often called "IDF Scout commando canvas boots". These boots has found wide application in the Israeli police, rescue services, units like "Shayetet 13" ...

Norwegian Military Boots M/77 ("Støvel Marsj M/77")

M/77 type boots are the standard footwear of the Norwegian Armed Forces ("Forsvaret", that means "The Defence" in Norwegian language) and in Estonian military forces. The original Norwegian title for this type boots is "Støvel Marsj M/77."

The boots of M/77 type were originally produced by the well-known Norwegian footwear company "ALFA SKOFABRIK AS", or simply "Alfa". Army boots of M/77 type had been developed by "Alfa" company in close cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense the year 1976, and became widely used in 1977, so they are called model 1977 boots, or simply M/77 boots.

The overall construction and materials of the model M/77 boots appeared to be so successful that are have been used without modification for more than 35 years.

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