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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
The original army boots are often designated "Modéle réglementaire" on the manufacturer's web-sites. The leather of all the fakes is thinner and poor in quality. The leather of the original "Rangers" is often grainy, and it should necessarily bear the marking of the manufacturer (on the out-sole and inside the boots: under the insole and on the inner side of the boot's top).
It is usually easy to distinguish the original French army boots even by weight - they are made of thick high-quality durable leather and hard rubber out-soles. They are generally heavier and stronger. The leather of the top, under condition of proper care and treatment with shoe polish, is very durable and robust and can serve honestly for many years.
The out-soles of the French BMJA 65 "Rangers" are attached to the top by Goodyear' technology (stitched and glued), they are made of solid durable vulcanized rubber, resistant to gasoline and oil. The thickness of the outsole is about 1.2 cm in height, while the height of the heels is from 2 to 4 cm.
As it was mentioned earlier, "Rangers", introduced in 1965, were made of shiny black grained leather, softer than in the previous brown models of the years 1947 and 1952. The glue-and-stitching method of fixation was replaced by glueing only, when dense solid vulcanized rubber out-sole was glued directly to thick leather mid-sole.
The out-sole tread patterns were very diverse, probably the most diverse among all the countries in the world, and in most cases one can see the following patterns:
The marking sign of the boots is round-shaped and indicates the quarter and the year of manufacture, the manufacturer's name and the city of location. This marking can always be found on the original boots. If the "Rangers" boots are black inside (have no lining) the marking is usually white; if the boots are lined with additional layer of thin leather, the marking stamp is either hot-pressed or ink-painted.
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