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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

From the very beginning the original French "Rangers" were made of thick and rigid leather, and it was usually hard to "break in" and adjust such boot's for one's legs. The traditional "French way" of this problem solution consists in boot's leather impregnation with fat or treatment with shoe polish.

Nevertheless, during the marches, young recruits usually face with such common problem as bloody blisters and rubbed sore in the area of "Achilles tendon". In such cases the French sergeants traditionally use to say them: "S'est le pied qui se forme à la chaussure!" ("In such a way the feet form the shape to the boots!").

It is not easy to understand the real necessity of such an immolation, because the original US M-43 double-buckle boots (which has become the source of inspiration for the French) were much more soft and comfortable. Modern high-tech military footwear, taken as a whole, is much more comfortable and lightweight, although not so sturdy and durable.

To avoid an injury it is also recommended not to tighten the laces excessively. Since BMJA 65 ("Rangers") are quite rigid boots, it is better to choose half size bigger boots in order to reduce the friction by using an extra pair of socks and/or insoles.

In the beginning of the XX century the French army was using mainly low "ankle" "boots with gaiters or puttees, but since the beginning of the 1950s, the priority was given high-laced boots.

The introduction of high boots gives four major advantages.

Firstly, high boots with protective cuffs provide better protection against the water in comparison with low models, they are easier in use and require no additional elements like gaiters.

Secondly, due to the tight grip of the legs at the top of the boot, such boots provide better protection from dust, pebbles and other unwanted small pieces that could potentially injure the feet. As in the American M-43 prototype, the French BM65 "Rangers" are fastened with leather clasps with double buckles, the upper strap has five eyelets, and the lower one -just four eyelets.

Thirdly, stiff design and sturdy leather of BMJA 65 provide reliable feet protection and good ankle fixation, thus minimizing potential injuries, particularly during operations on rough terrain or when skydiving.

Fourthly, the thickness of the out-sole, especially if reinforced with metal plates, helps to protect the feet and ankles from dangerous objects, sharp stones and thorns, pitfalls, and reduces the possibility of injury and joint sprain. Compared with conventional boots, military boots give better protection of the foot and ankle, and they are more anatomically correct.

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