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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

These new boots are manufactured in sizes from 36 to 47, the thickness of the upper leather is 1,8 mm, these boots have no lining, the removable insole is made of Thermoformed EVA. The rubber "Paraka" out-sole is stitched and glued and sewn, and all the eyelets are made of rust-free metal.


The "paracaidista" boots of the 1960-1980s were much simple, they featured "Segarra"-type out-soles with angle-shaped lugs on their tread pattern, and the out-soles were very thick, they had simple round eyelets (12-13 pairs), but no padding on top.

These boots were originally designed for the Spanish paratroops, and the examples of their use can be seen on the photos below.

Before introduction of high laced boots for "paracas", the Spanish paratroopers used leather gaiters, which were fixed on the ankles with the help of the lacing system and served as a protection against injuries, sprains and bruises - these gaiters were already mentioned in the review of the Argentinean combat boots of the Falkland war times.

The photos above were made in 1957 and show the feet protection equipment of that time.

Further on the high laced boots without the buckles, which had been used by the paratroopers for years, were adopted as a new type boot for the other branches of the Spanish Armed Forces

In 1980-s, "Segarra", the main footwear supplier of the Spanish Armed Forces of that time, faced with the problems, connected with so various boots manufacturing, supply and delivery according to the Contracts with the Spanish Ministry of Defense, which tried to purchase the boots for less price.

So the Ministry managed to find another alternative Spanish boots manufacturer - "Industrias Mediterraneas de la Piel SA" (brand name "IMEPIEL"), whose premises were located in Vall d'Uxó (Castellón province), and extended to 150 km2 with buildings occupying some 100 km2 of this. Vall d'Uxó is a town of 27 000 inhabitants 45 km to the north of Valencia, 26 km from Castellón and 15 km from Sagunto, a town which has suffered recently due to the rationalization of the steel industry.

"IMEPIEL" was manufacturing and selling its footwear produced from its own preparation of hides and from rubber, a purely intermediate product, which was used for the out-soles manufacturing. However, the company has faced with hardships, connected with lack of good management and other financial obstacles.

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