Experimental combat boots, size 8½ D

€ 525.00

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Quick Overview

Super rare experimental 'buckle boots' with a different strap system and cleated soles. The thick soles resemble those on ski boots. They are marked Good Year. The straps have no eyelets but are secured when the brass wedge buckles are closed (similar to the buckle of the helmet liner chinstrap). The back of the boots have additional leather loops to take the strap ends. The boots are factory-made and not a modification. The makers stamp is still present in the cuffs but to faint to read. The reenforcing eyelets under the lace section indicate these boots where produced no later than mid 1944. Similar boots in my collection still have the maker's stamp with June 2, 1944 date (see last two photos). Both pairs seem were made by the same maker, indicated by the KS stamp in the cuffs.
The US Army tried several variations of combat boots for various troops before it was decided to stick to the common type for all troops. These experimental combat boots are super rare. This is an opportunity to add a pair to the collection.

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