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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The standard Argentinian military boots, as well as in many other countries around the world, were introduced in the 1950s, at first in the airborne or engineer troops. This military footwear is conventionally referred to as Type 1 boots.

During the war for the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, the Argentine military boots featured standard out-soles with tread pattern, similar to the pattern of the French parachute boots ("Bottes de saut francaises Semelle"). Perhaps the tread pattern of Argentine army boots was actually modelled on those of the French boots, because on the Argentinian forums it is often called - the "French" type tread pattern.

There are two types of the out-soles for such boots: the first type of which was intended for ceremonial march, being made of thick leather sole with metal horseshoes on the toes and heels, coupled with metal nails. Such design allowed to have the desired powerful sound during parades marching. The second type of out-soles are also made of leather, with glued and stitched-on protector of hard vulcanized rubber.

These boots are extremely strong and maintainable. Unlike the soldiers of most European armies, and especially of the US Army, the Argentine soldiers used to be provided the only one pair of boots. After demobilization the Argentinian soldiers were not allowed to pick up the boots with them, but they had to return the used boots back to the warehouse. After repair and/or resoling (if needed), the used army boots were issued to the new recruits.

The Argentinian military boots were made of high quality materials, so they did not have a certain limited "life-term", as most modern army boots. During the Falklands/ Malvinas war in 1982, it were the Argentinian conscripts born in 1962 who were mainly used in the combat activities. According to the reminiscences of the Argentinian veterans of that war, many of them were issued the used boots, worn by their "predecessors" recruits throughout the previous year, 1981. Some boots, issued to the Argentine troops were made in the 1970s.

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