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The mid-sole of the Swedish boots model M/59, both of brown and black variants, is made of thick leather. The hard rubber out-sole, produced by "TRETORN", is glued and stitched to the mid-sile, the heels are additionally reinforced by boot's nails.
The marking the Swedish Armed Forces ("Kronmärkt") should be necessarily present on each piece of military stuff. "Kronmärkt" consists of three open crowns, one above the other two crowns. This emblem is a part of the Small Royal Coat of Arms of Sweden. It is also a traditional sign of the Swedish Armed Forces. The history and the meaning of this heraldic emblem are interpreted in different ways.
According to one version, this emblem was finally adopted in the years of the so-called "Kalmar Union" ("Kalmarunionen" in the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian languages), the personal union of Sweden, Denmark and Norway under the supreme authority of the Danish Kings (1397-1523). "Kalmar Union" has become the answer to the German Hanseatic cities trade expansion to Scandinavia. Three crowns, respectively, were to express the unity of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
However, the "Three crowns" had been present on the Swedish Coat of Arms before the Kalmar Union, and no one can say for sure about the origin of this emblem. Undoubted is the importance of the sacred number "3": the Holy Trinity, the cult of the "Three Kings", who came to worship the baby Jesus, symbolically representing Europe (Magus Melchior), Asia (Magus Caspar) and Africa (Magus Balthasar, the Moor).
Perhaps the origin of the three crowns comes from the Dukes of Mecklenburg Coat of Arms, who occupied the Swedish throne in the fourteenth century. The latest version sounds re close to the truth, because the three open crown has become the main symbol of Sweden under the rule of King Albert of Mecklenburg.
One of the types of low black ankle boots, which were supplied to the Swedish Royal Air Force, had leather strap with metal buckle except normal lacing system. The design of these boots is different from the standard Swedish one, and more closely they resemble the design of the Italian boot for paratroopers (the lacing reaches almost the toes). The same system is used today in some kinds of army boots, because it is believed that it allows to adjust the boots width to the feet in the best possible way. The out-soles of these boots are made of solid vulcanized rubber.
The out-soles of these boots are of the standard Swedish tread pattern, but sometimes the tread pattern come across variations, such as it was with black boots of the 1970s. The toe and the heels are often reinforced with the screws (tips).
The flap of the tongue is sewn to the top of the boot. The rear side of the boot's top represent by itself a separate gusset, made of a single piece of leather, which prevents rubbing of the heels with in-seams. In such a way a problem, typical to the standard design boots, was solved.
The Swedish brown boots of the 1960s feature the following marking inside the boots: the duplicated data about the manufacturer (e.g., ABDS Docksta), the year of manufacture (e.g., 1964) and the size in millimetres (in "Mondopoint" system).
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