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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
The photo shows typical "Phoenix" boots by "Palladium", with recognizable tread soles, exactly the same as in the current versions of these boots. However, this tread pattern was not the only one, for example, they also used a variation of "Vibram" tread pattern, where the "crosses" on the pattern were replaced by "triactinal stars". The soles were initially black-colored later they were produced in green color as well. On the image of green soles, one can see the model manufacturer's name ("Phoenix - Palladium"), the size, the country of manufacture "Made in France", and the manufacturer's logo - a diamond, combined with the elongated rectangular lugs.
It is interesting to note that the elements of the logo, are "written inside" the tread pattern of the soles: in front of the heel, just below the inscriptions on the sole, there are two rectangular lugs, while the heel features the "diamond"-shaped lug, "integrated into the rectangular log. This "diamond" had previously been "blind", but later it got a hollow (cut) inside, to facilitate more lightweight soles. This later "hollow diamond" version of tread pattern in used in the modern versions of "Palladium".
The height and the number of lacing eyelets was various in different years. The differences can be found in minor details as well: the presence or absence of a series of circular grooves on the heel and the toe, or the same "blind" or solid "diamond" on the heel.
In Israel, some companies began the production of copies of "Palladium" canvas boots. One of them, "Dafna" Kibbutz, was mentioned in the review of the Israeli army military boots - "Dafna" Pataugas.
The word "Daphna" in Hebrew means "Laurus" (Hebrew. הבפד: (Laurel) רע, הבפד, lat. Laurus), i.e. the southern evergreen wreath of branches which is an ancient symbol of victory, fame and awards. The Israeli beige canvas boots produced by "Dafna" feature visible oval protective label patches at the leg bones, indicating the producer and logo - a jockey on a horse and two stars.
Some users of the Israeli canvas boots pointed out the weakness and superficiality of the heel's tread pattern: thin bridges between the larger lugs of the pattern tend to wear out and crush down quickly, that soon leads to accelerated mechanical wear of the heel and discomfort of wear. Indeed, the French originals feature no thin and weak lines in the figure on the heel: all the original versions feature simple, strong and functional patterns of the heel treads. One could only ask the question, what is the reason of worsening the old good and proven tread patterns....
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