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In contrast to the "desert" footwear of the US, Germany, UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and many other countries, the Polish "Szczury" ("Rats") boots use no textile material. The boot's top and the tongue of the boots are made of soft, durable and breathable nu-buck leather (calfleather). The Poles say that these boots get dirty pretty quickly, but it's easy enough to clean them with a brush. If the boots are not treated with some "AQUASTOP"-type spray, they become wet quite quickly, but dry quickly as well.

As one can see on the photo, the leather of the boot's top is smooth inside and nappy on the outside, and it even looks very soft. The top of the boots feature soft leather cushioning intended to prevent the ingress of sand, dust and small pebbles.

Since Polish "Szczury" ("Rats") boots, intended for hot and arid climate, are quite lightweight and thin, the fixation of ankle joints and protection against disjunction are rather weak. These boots are quite good for dry and cold weather too, if one takes one size bigger boots and put on an extra pair of wool socks - so do the Danes, and the two-layer out-sole with polyurethane foam inside provide good protection against freezing of the out-sole.

The top and out-sole have become almost the same in colour, i.e. sand-colour in different shades, depending on the manufacturer - some boots are almost brown in colour, others are more sandy-coloured, but the leather cushioning at the top of the boots is usually lighter or darker than the base colour of the boots top.

The out-soles of the Polish "Szczury" ("Rats") "desert" boots are very different. Initially, they used two-layers (polyurethane foam + durable heat-resistant rubber) out-sole of "Gepard" ("Cheetah") type ("dwuwarstwowa podeszwa z poliuretanu i gumy "Gepard"" in Polish language) for the early versions of new model boots. This type of out-sole is "round-shaped", streamlined, and almost completely the same as the ones used for the black light tactical and police boots "Grom" ("Thunder"), but of the sandy colour. Such type out-sole is quite soft and easily abraded on the city asphalt and other abrasive surfaces, at the same time it is very lightweight, flexible, and provides comfort, quiet pace and efficient adhesion with different types of surfaces. But on rough or rocky terrain all the bumps and stones are quite painful, and the protection of the feet from any sharp objects are also out of the question.

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