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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The Argentinian boots of the newer Type 2 are called "Borseguies". They were delivered to the greatest extent in the Argentine Marines troops and to the army officers, to a lesser extent - the recruits and junior commanders of army units. Similar to the contemporary Austrian or Danish boots, the lacing system of this type of boots consisted of five pairs of simple round eyelets at the bottom and of five pairs of lacing hooks at the top.

The toes of such boots are reinforced with additional leather patches. Except for this reinforcement and the hooks for lacing, most of all the Argentinian "Borseguies" boots are similar to the Belgian army boots, especially by the design of the out-soles: the thick leather out-soles with glued and stitched protector of solid vulcanized rubber.

Boots Type 1 were the most common. Their lacing system consisted of 9 or 10 pairs of round eyelets, the toes had no additional leather patches.

There was also a "female" version of the "Borseguie" military boots: they were similar to the male version, except for lacing - the hooks for lacing at the top were replaced with simple round eyelets.

The Argentinian "women's" military boots were more tapered, narrow and apparently looked neater. During the Falklands/ Malvinas war the female personnel mostly consisted of medics and paramedics from ESCAF, the Auxiliary Women's Corps ("Escalafon Cuerpo Auxiliar Femenino" in Spanish). These ladies worked in hospitals, including the field ones, at the front. It should be noted that in those years, not all the progressive armies of the world used to have special boots for female staff. The British Armed Forces, for example, had no special footwear for women.

The marking of the Argentinian military boots can be seen both on the sole, and on a textile label, sewn inside the boots. On the sole the country of manufacture ("Industria Argentina"), the size, sometimes the logo and/or the name of the manufacturer were indicate. The sewn-on label showed the military markings ("Ejercito Argentino", that is, the Armed Forces of Argentina), the year of manufacture and the number of the military contract (for example, O/C I No 82-0267 or O/C I No 82-0008), the designation of the manufacturer (e.g., VICLA SA or CALZADOS ALFREDO SRL).

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