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Dutch Green Summer Boots (a Version of M92 "Desert" Boots)

Green suede summer boots of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands ("Zomer kist groen" in the Dutch language) are very similar to the "desert" boots model M92, and in common parlance is often mistakenly referred to as "jungle" boots ("Jungle kist") even among the Dutch customers themselves.

Of course, these are classic boots for dry and hot climate, and it would be foolish to wear them in the tropical rainforests, because they are made of suede and they feature no drainage holes for excessive water output. Moreover, the tread pattern of such boots should lead to a rapid build-up of dirt. The real "jungle" boots should have self-cleaning tread pattern like the famous American "Panama" sole, which have been developed during the times of war in Vietnam and tested in the jungles of Panama.

The need in development of these boots was caused by virtually the same reasons as the emergence of the Swedish green summer "Peter Pan boots". These boots were made for the Dutch soldiers who participated in the UN and NATO operations in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia), and during the development of these boots the local Balkan climate and the predominant green vegetation was taken into account. Further on, these boots have been used in Afghanistan, at the early stage of operations. According to colour shades of suede, these boots could have colour hues from bright green to olive-brown, especially if they have long been exposed to the direct sunlight and covered with dust.

The detailed examination of the structure and materials of these green summer boots shows their deep similarity to the M92 "desert" boots of the Netherlands, starting from Direct Moulded Sole (DMS) method of out-sole attaching and up to the lacing system, which could also vary from the early version with full "speed-lacing" system to the version with two lower pairs of simple round eyelets instead of "speed-lacing" eyelets.

Dutch military boots for summer were also available in black colour. These models were provided to the police forces. Such boots featured full "speed-lacing" system. The marking with size and widths was indicated on the out-soles of the Dutch summer boots.

The material of the later nitrile rubber out-soles, used for the Dutch green summer boots, over time reveals a tendency to cracking and self-destruction. Another important drawback of these boots - according to my personal customer's feelings these green summer boots of the Netherlands are not very comfortable to wear, because the in-seams of the boot's top stitching are quite crude and can rub, especially when the size and width of these boots are chosen not correctly.

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