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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
The figure above shows Vietnamese-made high canvas boots with a top of camouflage, reminiscent American "Woodland - ERDL", but with more bright colors. Historically there were no French "Pataugas"-type boots with camouflaged canvas top, so this can be considered as the Asian invention. These boots are made similarly to the low green boots version, but characterized by a lack of ventilation and drainage eyelets, and the construction of the top was reinforced by canvas stripes in the middle part of the top, on the level of the fourth pair of eyelets, counting from the bottom.
Most often among the original manufacturers of the French "Pataugas" boots one can find the following brand names: "Aigle", "Au Coq", "Bonusage", "Morvan", "Palladium", "Paraflac", "Pataugas", "Paul Boyé", "Vernon", "Wissart", etc. ...
The "Pataugas", produced by the "AIGLE" company (French for the "Eagle") comprised the olive-colored canvas top and the green rubber out-sole, the tread pattern consisted of "V"-shaped, rectangular and round lugs, while the boot size and the manufacturer's label were indicated on the sole.
The boots model produced by "Au Coq", adopted in 1958, featured more thick rubber layer on the heel (this model looks more massive than most similar models by the other manufacturers) and the top of relatively more light-colored fabric.
The "Pataugas" model by "Bonusage" (chaussures de brousse de marque "Bonusage"), which were approved in 1957, also features a massive black rubber out-sole of very specific shape (with big-scale tread pattern and wide lugs), but they were low and with just five pairs of aluminum lacing eyelets. Thin nylon parachute cords were used instead of laces due to their superior strength and durability versus the standard cotton laces.
The contract boots by "Morvan" (chaussures de brousse françaises du commerce "Morvan"), which were adopted in 1954, resemble the first model by "Vernon", and feature the out-sole with large "V"-shaped lugs.
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