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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Both companies ("Demar" and "Wojas") are considered to have lower standards of production at a lower price, as compared with the original manufacturer. At present "Kupczak", the company-developer of the 928/MON boots is no longer manufacturing this model by contracts for the Polish Armed Forces.

There are almost no supplies of such boots on the military warehouses - the stocks of this model just have been exhausted over time, and that makes "Kupczak" 928/MON boots the true treasure for those who know such details and picky in footwear.

The original 928/MON boots by the original manufacturer are quite expensive, they are made in Poland only, where they stand about 650 zloty (157 Euros). But similar boots by "Wojas" can be found for just 150 zloty (36 Euros), and they can be manufactured in Slovakia or some other countries.

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French Army Boots of First Half of the 20th Century
(Models 1917, 1919, 1941, 1945, 1950)

Since the end of World War I and actually until the end of hostilities in Algeria the French troops used the footwear of different models, both low ankle boots and high-laced boots.

Among the used low ankle boots one should mention the models of the years 1917, 1919, 1941 and 1945; among the high boots used there were models of the years 1950 (for airborne troops) and 1952.

Low ankle boots were cheaper in production than the high-laced boots, and used to be worn at first with the puttees, and later on - with canvas leggings. The French officers wore low boots with knee-high leather leggings, from a distance such boots with leggings looked like high "cavalry" boots.

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The flap of the boot's tongue was "closed" (stitched high to the boot's top), and provided only a minimal level of the feet protection from water, dust and small pebbles in comparison with "Knobelbecher"-type high boots of the German Kaiser's army, the contemporary enemy of the France. The French "officer's' boots differed from the "soldier's" boots by higher quality materials and accuracy of hand-made production.

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Low ankle boots of the French Armed Forces varied insignificantly by design of the boot's top; later models were more similar to the modern boots. In the early models the out-soles were made of thick leather and resoled with boot nails and metal tips on the heels and toes. Later models feature hard vulcanized rubber tread out-soles. Quite often one can see the boots of earlier models after repair (replacement of worn leather out-soles with the rubber tread pattern).

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