Some basics for bootmen
||Combat boots are military boots designed to be worn by
soldiers during actual combat or combat training as opposed to
during parades and other ceremonial duties. Soldiers have worn
boots in battle for much of recorded history; early specialized
boots included the hobnail boots of the Roman legions.
|MODERN COMBAT BOOTS|
|Modern combat boots are designed to provide
a combination of grip, ankle stability, and foot protection suitable
to a rugged environment. They are normally made of hardened and/or
chemically-treated leather and can be waterproof. Variations on the
basic lace up combat boot have been designed for special types of
troops (tanker boots, jump boots) and special environments (jungle
boots, desert boots, cold weather boots). Recent combat boots have
integrated Kevlar and Nomex within their side panels to provide better
protection and ventilation for the skin of the soldiers who wear them.
Although combat boots have a reputation for being uncomfortable and
even painful, this is no longer the case. The modern Infantry Combat
Boot, in the U.S., incorporates new civilian boot technologies to good
effect, including Gore-Tex waterproofing and heel/ankle support, making
it highly wearable and effective.
|SOLES AND LACES OF COMBAT BOOTS|
||Combat boots are traditionally 9" to 10" high, and
most have a lug or "waffle" sole for good traction. Older versions
of Paratrooper Boots (like Corcoran II) have a rubber non-lug sole.
Most combat boots have laces, and some (used for fashion, not worn
in battle), have side zippers to make them easy to put on and take off.
|FASHION COMBAT BOOTS|
||Combat boots are also popular as fashion clothing
in the goth, punk, heavy metal, industrial, skinhead, and BDSM
subcultures. Beyond fashion as such, many individuals choose to
wear combat boots simply for durability, comfort and other
utilities, as the boots are specifically designed to be comfortable
to wear in a variety of changing conditions for long durations
without significant long-term wear. For these and other reasons,
they can be purchased in almost every moderately sized city at
military surplus stores.
|COMBAT BOOT MANUFACTURERS|
||Manufacturers of Combat Boots include: Altama,
Bates, Belleville, Corcoran, Cove (makers of Matterhorn), Danner
(makers of Ft. Lewis style), and even Wesco.
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