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janikphoto 09-17-2012 03:21 AM

Old Military Boots?!?
 
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I stopped by an estate sale this weekend, and they had a lot of old military clothing... I think from the late 40's or early 50's. I bought an old OD shirt with the patches still on it, and I noticed some nice, old boots laying there. They looked like they could've been military issue, but I don't know for sure. They DID have the previous owner's ID marked inside, like many GI's did with their gear. So, can anyone ID these boots as military issue or not? I like them a lot, and plan to use them regardless. I'm not big on used shoes, but these had too much character to pass up!

hmh 09-17-2012 03:29 AM

If that is metal on the heal than I would say they are military boots. They use metal on the heal to sound better while marching in formation.

janikphoto 09-17-2012 03:46 AM

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Originally Posted by hmh (Post 943981)
If that is metal on the heal than I would say they are military boots. They use metal on the heal to sound better while marching in formation.

Probably won't help me ID these, since I think they were at least re-healed at some point... maybe re-soled, too?

TWMIM 09-17-2012 03:58 AM

The toe suggests jump boots.

TWMIM 09-17-2012 04:11 AM

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These are replicas of your boots.

janikphoto 09-17-2012 04:19 AM

Thanks! I only paid $16 for them, and I love them. Not sure of their collector's value, but I plan to wear these, so I guess it doesn't matter much.

c3shooter 09-17-2012 04:24 AM

Those date back to the "brown boot" army of the 1950s and very early 60s, before they changed over to black boots and low quarter shoes. Keep them polished with a good wax polish- Kiwi or Meltonian. Keeps leather in condition and water resistant.

janikphoto 09-17-2012 04:30 AM

Yeah, I think he had a cadet book from 1951, so your dating sounds about right.

boatme98 09-18-2012 11:47 PM

Neat,but, "never wear a dead mans shoes".


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