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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
Among the canvas boots made by "Vernon" there were several different models:
- The model, adopted in 1955, differs by high thick rubber out-soles with dense tread pattern and seven pairs of steel lacing eyelets. The toes are covered with protective rubber cap, protruding towards lacing, and with stripped surface, typical for the "keds"-like sneakers; - The model of the year 1957 was modified considerably compared to the previous one, the rubber out-sole became thinner and has become a little more low, while the number of lacing eyelets was reduced to five. The malleolus bones of the feet are covered with protective round- shaped rubber pads at the inside shank of each boot.
The French magazine "Uniformes" No 266 of September-October 2009, has reported: "Ces chaussures de brousse de marque Wissart, rèceptionnèes de 1956 et observèes ponctuellement durant la guerre d'Algèrie, se caractèrisent par l'utilisation d'une pièce de cuir pour l'empeigne (côoté brut à l'extèrieur))", that means "canvas boots produced by "Wissart", adopted in 1956, were widely spread during the war in Algeria, and were characterized by the use of natural leather over the top of the foot" (i.e., between the toes the bottom of the lacing).
This is a fairly rare model of "Pataugas"-type canvas boots, and in the process of research I managed to find the photo of the invoice (payment document), dated March 31, 1951, featuring the image of these boots. This invoice informs us about that new model of the year 1951, "Le Pataugas - Brodequin en toile et cuir" (i.e. boots of canvas and leather). These boots feature perforated leather cup on the toes and the front of the feet, and, judging by the address on the payment document, the order went to the factory "Pataugas" in the city of Maulèon-Soule.
The boots made by the company "Pataugas" feature the out-soles tread patterns, very similar to the classic "VIBRAM" tread pattern, with minor modifications. On the sole one can see the reference of the country ("Made in France"), manufacturer ("PATAUGAS"), size (in this case 42), and, surprisingly, even the upper material/lining - "tige coton" (French for "Cotton wool/ wadding").
The "Pataugas" by "Paraflac" are rare, nevertheless, they were used during the major conflicts in Indochina and North Africa. As it was mentioned earlier, virtually all of these boots featured removable insoles made of woven dried and processed hemp fibers - very hygroscopic, quick-drying, natural, heat-isolating and pleasant to skin insulating material.
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