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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
The top of the boots is made of high quality thick and durable grain leather, 100% natural. The inner layer of soft light-coloured but durable leather is designed to protect the foot areas, which are mostly exposed to frictions with the inner parts of the footwear. Malleolus bones are covered with additional layers of leather and inner foamy pads. The tongue is also made of two-layers and features identification marking.
The flaps of the boots tongues are "closed", i.e. stitched up almost to the top of the boots, on the level of the sixth pair of eyelets, counting up from the down. So one can go into the water almost to this level.
In order to protect the ankles and bridges of the feet, the original Swiss military boots design provides additional bending leather "shutters" just under the laces. Such multi-layer construction allows to keep the feet warm and dry and provides additional protection of this areas.
The out-soles of Swiss army boots are composite in construction and consist of polyurethane and rubber. The manufacturers of the out-soles are usually indicated there. for example, "DAG", or "gg" (Lyon, France), which supplies also the soles for the French army military boots. The tread pattern is "ASTRA", the Swiss modification of the standard "Vibram" tread pattern. The edges of the welt are covered with protective rubber strips. The tread pattern provides good adhesion to most surfaces.
The lacing eyelets accessories are made by "STOCKO", a multi-year contract provider of Bundeswehr and some other NATO armies. Nowadays, "STOCKO" company became a part of "YKK Stocko Fasteners GmbH", located in Wuppertal, Germany.
The lacing system is provided by the three pairs of D-rings in the lower part, a pair of hook clamps for keeping the laces firm and four pairs of speed-lacing eyelets.
High-laced army boots model M/58 were introduced in the Armed Forces of Denmark after the year 1958. In the previous years the Danish soldiers used to wear low "ankle" boots with canvas gaiters with the British-type uniform, mainly because the post-war Danish army was supplied with the uniforms from the British Army warehouses. Further on the own-made Danish uniform was similar to the British one by the cut and general appearance.
Military boots of the model M/58 were created mainly to the pattern of American army boots of the 1950s, and proved so successful that with minor modifications they were used almost until the beginning of the 21st century.
These boots can be characterized by simple design and reliability, high maintainability and flexibility, quality and durability. The toe and the counter are reinforced with additional layers of the leather, the top is made of thick but flexible "grainy" cowhide leather with hydrophobic impregnation. The soles are glued and stitched to the boot's top.
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