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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
The French boots of model 1917 (Brodequins Mle 17) differ by the characteristic form of their design (side reinforcement stitching), with the added rivets on the sides. The lacing system consists of seven pairs of round eyelets. In the following decades these boots were produced in two colours: brown and black (Fig. 7-8). Thus, in the pictures shown the black boots were manufactured, according to the marking, by SYLVESTRE-VINCENT from LIMOGES in February 1940, and the brown boots were made in 1953.
In general before World War II all the combat boots featured thick leather sole, padded with nails and metal tips on the toes and the heels (Fig. 9-11). The rubber resin (caoutchouc), due to its relatively high cost and rapid wearing out, was not widely used in those years for the mass production of soldiers' boots, excluding the specialized purposes footwear, such as the boot for paratroopers or tank crews.
Since the leather of the boot's top was quite thick and strong, a typical was the situation when the soles were worn out, but the boot's top was in good condition. In 1940 and later the worn leather soles used to be replaced with the rubber out-soles, which came in two separate tips (the heel and the out-sole itself).
The following pictures (Fig. 12, 13) show the boot model 1917 with the stamped year of production 1954. Even in the 1950s, the earliest models of boots used to be produced by their original technologies.
The boots model 1919 (Brodequins Mle 19) differ from model of the year 1917 with the design of the boot's top. They featured no leather "patches" on the counter and the sides, but on the rear side of the boots there were stitched narrow vertical leather strips, the lacing system consisted of ten pairs of round eyelets. The photo below shows the boots model 1917 with whole hard vulcanized rubber out-soles with dotted tread pattern (imitation of nail-padding) and manufacturer's marking on the out-soles (Fig. 14-16). The out-soles are stitched and glued to the boot's top, and reinforced by additional padding with boot nails.
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