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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The upper part of the lacing system consists respectively of two or three pairs of hooks for lacing, the lower part - of six pairs of simple round eyelets. On the rear upper parts of the boot's top the boots feature big leather loops, intended to fix the excessive length of the laces, wound around the boots top, and to make easy pulling the boots on.

The boot's top is sewn to the mid-sole of thick leather, to which, in turn, the standard rubber out-sole with "Vibram" tread pattern is glued. This design improves the maintainability of the boots and facilitates the replacement of the worn-out rubber out-sole, because the leather upper is usually very little worn over time. This is the time-proved cost-effective way of footwear manufacturing, as the boots out-sole repair is always cheaper than manufacturing of a new pair of boots.

The difference between the Mk I and Mk II models are in the type of "collar" at the top of the boot. The Estonian Mk I boots featured soft and stitched "collar", while the second one had no "collar" at all, but an extra pair of hooks for lacing was added.

The producer of these boots is a Tallinn-based footwear company "AIPI MA OÜ", which specialize in hand-made production of quality leather boots since 1997.

It produces footwear for law-enforcement agencies, and for industrial workers, hunters and climbers. It's products have the brand name "ALPI", the range of boots sizes is available from 35 to 51 in European (French) metric. Since 2009, the company has expanded its range of products, and began to produce the footwear for historical reconstructions (Viking's footwear, medieval European and national Estonian boots).

One of the largest manufacturers of boots for the Estonian Armed Forces is "Samelin Ltd." company. With the company's turnover of 4 million Euros per year approximately 70% of their products are the military boots. At the same time, not more than a fifth part of all the produced army boots are sold in Estonia itself. In the 1990s, "Samelin Ltd." have not been receiving any military orders on their products from the Estonian MoD, as the production capacity and production processes were outdated and far from the contemporary modern standards of military footwear. At this time it was the Slovenian "Alpina Tovarna Obutve" company, which supplied the army boots for Estonian military.

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