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Posted on December 9, 2010
It’s difficult to imagine a time when soldiers didn’t wear combat boots. However, before World War II that was exactly the case.
According to Olive-Drab.com, boots served as a replacement for shoes and canvas leggings. Unfortunately, the leggings neither provided sufficient protection nor could be quickly taken on or off. Well, they were leggings after all.
Then there was “Boots, Service, Combat”—the first issued combat boot.
The original boot featured a double buckle, straps, laces and a rubber sole. The laces only reached the ankle and the rest of the boot really looked like a high top leather shoe with a cast-like extension.
Since the initial installation of the military boot, much has changed in the ever-evolving industry. Now over a dozen companies build specialized footwear specifically for troops who endure the rigors of warfare. With so much healthy competition, the robust military gear industry easily fluctuates with customer demands.
Today we list out those trends and ask what you would like to see in the future of combat boot design.
What footwear trends have you witnessed? What will military boots of the future be like?
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