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Old 09-17-2012, 03:21 AM   #1
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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!

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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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.

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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?
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The toe suggests jump boots.

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These are replicas of your boots.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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