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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Military Boots of Czechoslovakia

Czech-made footwear is traditionally comfortable to wear and high in quality. During the times of the Soviet Union, the shoes and boots "Made in Czechoslovakia" were very popular, almost on the level of the "Austrian" and "Finnish" footwear," and this opinion was based on the strong facts.

In the Eastern Europe before World War 2, Czechoslovakia was in fact the only one democratic republic, surrounded by more or less strict dictatorial states. Czechoslovakia was also the most industrially developed country of the Eastern Europe, so it was a good reason for Hitler to choose this country as his first victim in 1938. The seized industrial enterprises of the "Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia", which was established on the former Czech territory after the separation of the "puppet" Slovak Republic, had reinforced considerably the military and industrial potential of the Third Reich. And even much later, Czechoslovakia was one of the most advanced and industrialized countries of the USSR-led Council for Mutual Economic Assistance and the "Warsaw Pact".

There is still settled opinion in the West, that the USSR used to control its "Warsaw Pact" allies very tightly, up to the smallest details. However, apart from political and economic issues, the satellites of the Soviet Union were free in their own development of such "little things" as uniforms, footwear and other equipment.

Czechoslovakia was probably one of the most developed countries of the Eastern Bloc. In particular, in terms of quality, design and comfort of wear, Czechoslovakian combat boots type M60 (adopted in 1960) were actually not worse than, for example, French military boots BMJA Mle. 52 or BM65 ("Rangers"). The trend of transferring from high boots to the high-laced boots was very noticeable at that time, and the Czechoslovak developers showed very quick reaction on this idea. The Armed Forces of Czechoslovakia had been using both high boots and high-laced boots with the same tread pattern of the out-soles, but since the year 1960 they switched to high-laced boots almost completely.

Besides M60 model army boots, Czechoslovakian military introduced the "stroke"-type camouflage pattern (called sometimes "rain"-pattern), similar to the well-known type of camouflage used in the National People's Army of the GDR, but with slightly different pattern and colour.

Just like the French "Rangers"-type military boots, the Czechoslovakian boots featured laces and belts with buckles. The lacing system consisted of six pairs of round eyelets, above which there were leather cuffs with double buckles.

The leather of the boots was very durable, but not stiff, and after "breaking-in" it was surprisingly soft and comfortable. The boot's counter was reinforced with extra leather layer.

The shape of these boots is anatomically correct, repeating all the natural curves of the ankle and foot, thus providing comfort of wear.

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