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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
In the previous years, the out-soles of the military boots were made of thick cowhide, but circa 1940 the US military began developing combat boots with rubber tread pattern. Soon the decision about the economy of scarce raw materials, which were used for production of high-quality boots, was made, and wide use of different alternative materials began. The resulting effect (serious drop in quality of the boots) was so strong that the US Armed Forces hastily abandoned the substandard substitutes by middle of 1942.
The previously used low boots with gaiters were extremely unpopular among the troops, because gaiters poorly fixed the ankles, they were inconvenient in use because the side lacing, the process of putting on and off the gaiters and low boots was long and uncomfortable, so a lot of complaints from the soldiers were received. Therefore, the further transition to high boots became simply inevitable. The original American boots, taken as an example to be copied, were as follows:
From 1956 to the 1970s these boots were issued in the black colour. The out-soles of the model M/57 Dutch boot, like the American ones, were reinforced with boots nails on the perimeter of the heel. The tread pattern is typical for the American army footwear - the ribbed shallow "grid". The in-depth holes were provided on the rubber heel for tamping nails.
Lacing system consisted of eleven pairs of round bronze eyelets. The flap of the boots tongue is semi-closed. The marking with the serial number and date of manufacture was applied by hot stamping on the outside of the upper side of the boots.
Actually, the Netherlands' military boots of the model M/57 can be distinguished from the American military boots only by the marking on the sole and the leather top. In the photo shown below one can see the marking of KL (Koninklijke Landmacht) - i.e. The Netherland's Army and the size, and soles and heels show "Indiana" - the logo of the manufacturer. "Indiana" is a Dutch company from Lelystad (Lelystad), which manufactures rubber soles even nowadays.
Since September 1, 1956 the US forces made transition from brown-coloured boots to the black-coloured ones, while the other characteristics of the "M1948 Russet Combat Boots" model boots remained unchanged. There you can see the photo showing the boots repainted from brown to the regulation-defined black colour by the soldiers themselves.
At the top of the boot shaft the "hot stamping" marking is specified. On the inside shaft the size and fullness of the boots are indicated (the picture shows size 43 and "B" ("Breed") width - i.e. for wide feet. On the outside shaft the 4-digit military identification serial number (in this case 8800) and the date of manufacture this pair of boots - the month and the year of production (1-67, i.e. January 1967) are indicated in the round-shape stamps.
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