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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

"PYRGOS" company was founded in 1967 in Thessaloniki by Dimitrios P. Skoumpris, which was engaged in hand-made manufacturing of men's footwear in general, and military boots in particular. Since 1979 the company has expanded considerably and moved to the new production site just 8 kilometres from the city of Xanthi, where it is situated today. For such a small country like Greece, even in our days it is noteworthy that the total area of industrial sites and warehouses occupies about 20,000 square meters, 2,000 square meters from which are covered premises.

Around this same time, the progressive DMS (Direct Moulded Sole) method was introduced. This American technology allowed to attach the leather boot's top to the out- sole of vulcanized rubber, and such boots were light-weight and robust.

Just similarly to the combat boots of Norway and Israel, the military boots of Greece were the copies of the American army DMS boots, which were in use from the early seventies to the mid-eighties of the last century. The photo below shows the typical US military boots, issued by C.I.C. GENESCO company. This model was taken as an example to follow.

The tread pattern of the out-sole is a zigzag-type "Chevron", which was not changed at all, as well the design of the boot's top (made from strong smooth leather). As it was told before the Greek boots were of the DMS-type.

The "PYRGOS" company, led by Periklis and Panagiotis Skoumpris for the last 10 years, managed to get the ISO 9001 Quality System certificate in 1998, and from 2008 they started producing a sufficiently large range of boots, especially for the Army and the Air Force.

The most simple and applicable for the Greek climate are model C100 black smooth leather boots. This model was a basic one, having repeated almost entirely the American model, following the peculiarities up to the number of the lacing eyelets. However, there were minor differences too - they lack such element as notched leather about halfway up the lacing (as it was on the American sample, which had 4 pairs of eyelets in the lower part, a notch above, and 5 pairs of eyelets up the lacing). Also the Greek designers have added steel rivets at the on the both sides of the boot's top, in the lower part of the lacing gusset.

The top of the boot is made of soft and durable cowhide (the thickness is 1.8-2 mm), with hydrophobic impregnation, which withstands for at least 2 hours without water soaking. The tongue (thickness 1.2-1.4 mm) can withstand water at least an hour without getting wet inside. The tongue is gusseted almost to the "half-way" up the lacing. A removable insole is made of latex and the fabric, with a layer of activated carbon to absorb moisture and to eliminate unpleasant odours. The non-removable insole features reinforced steel arch support and is made of thick leather (3-4 mm of thickness), impregnated with tannins. The out-sole is made of solid vulcanized rubber, tread pattern is the standard American zigzag-type "Chevron". The range of sizes of the Greek army boots is from 37 to 51.

The boots model C200 is very similar to C100 model, except for the additional soft leather padding on top of the boot and the lacing system, which consists of nine pairs of simple round eyelets, which are divided into two parts by the notch: three pairs of eyelets form the lower part of lacing system, and six round eyelets form the upper part. With the exception of the padding "collar" on top, this model is a actually a full analogue of the American prototype.

Boots model C201 differ from model C200 by the presence of an additional layer of "glove"-type beige-coloured leather insulation inside the boot, the thickness of insulation is from 0.9 to 1.1 mm.

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