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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The upper edge of the boots top features soft cushioning "collar" and made of soft "glove"- type leather inside. The number of lacing eyelets was increased by one extra pair, but, in contrast to the same type Dutch or Danish boots, the speed lacing system is not used. The lacing system elements, instead of a continuous leather strips is divided into 2 parts: 4 pairs of eyelets near the instep and five pairs of eyelets in the upper part. Between them there is a recessed curve, intended for convenience of the feet joint folding. The laces are of the circular cross section, as opposed to flat laces, used in conventional black ABL boots of Belgium.

Recently, the Belgian armed forces which take part in the UN and NATO operations are increasingly using the Airpower "desert" boots by "HAIX" company. This comfortable boots are lined with Gore-Tex, and the uppers are made of suede and composite textile materials. These boots are also widely used by the German Bundeswehr and a number of other armies.

This example clearly shows that globalization has also affected the armed forces: the standardization of uniforms and boots is combined with the decreasing of the national characteristics in the details of uniforms and equipment. It can be assumed that the gain of the process will lead to the situation when, for example the national uniforms of the Spaniards or Belgians will not differ from the uniforms of the Brits or Germans, with the exception of national symbolics like sleeve flags and military ranks.

Dutch Green Summer Boots (a Version of M92 "Desert" Boots)

Green suede summer boots of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands ("Zomer kist groen" in the Dutch language) are very similar to the "desert" boots model M92, and in common parlance is often mistakenly referred to as "jungle" boots ("Jungle kist") even among the Dutch customers themselves.

Of course, these are classic boots for dry and hot climate, and it would be foolish to wear them in the tropical rainforests, because they are made of suede and they feature no drainage holes for excessive water output. Moreover, the tread pattern of such boots should lead to a rapid build-up of dirt. The real "jungle" boots should have self-cleaning tread pattern like the famous American "Panama" sole, which have been developed during the times of war in Vietnam and tested in the jungles of Panama.

The need in development of these boots was caused by virtually the same reasons as the emergence of the Swedish green summer "Peter Pan boots". These boots were made for the Dutch soldiers who participated in the UN and NATO operations in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia), and during the development of these boots the local Balkan climate and the predominant green vegetation was taken into account. Further on, these boots have been used in Afghanistan, at the early stage of operations. According to colour shades of suede, these boots could have colour hues from bright green to olive-brown, especially if they have long been exposed to the direct sunlight and covered with dust.

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