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I was over at my local goverment surplus sales place and they had boxes of slightly used boots high top with the codura panels and leather trim goretexed with a good sole. $3 a pair. I made some quick calls to my group and those I could get got the boot sizes. My thinking is in a post event foot wear will be sorely needed as one to the main means of transport will be the dogs. Even if not a perfect fit they will be great trade items as well and they were barely worn made to goverment specs. I have been buying used footwear at Goodwill and thrift stores for the same reasons a few extra pairs could come in handy and for under $5 a pair average I have gotten soem good stuff including a pair of high end Merrels.
 

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I just bought myself a new pair of british army surplus boots for 5 pounds they are in such great condidtion you would think they were new if they did not have the soldiers name, rank and number inside.
 

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I have been using Rocky hunting boots with 200 gram thinsulate for about 5 years now. I used U.S. military boots before that.
 

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Haix, Lowa and Meindl are producing lightweight mountain boots for the German military.
I've got a pair of these Haix-made boots, top quality (waterproof and breathable) at a very affordable price. For everyday casual wear, though, I use black Oakley Assault boots.
After having used all sorts of military footwear in the boonies, I'm a big fan of the Haix mountain boots now.

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Danners, Matterhorns and Marine Corp Combat Boots (also danners)

Last forever and you can get good deals on them at surplus / ebay.
 

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For cold weather weather, I like my Rocky Hunting boots, for hiking I like Timber Land.

My current "combat" style boot is an el cheapo Brazos. Even though the Brazos boots are cheap, I am surprised at their comfort. On a 6+ mile, over night hiking trip/camping trip, the next day my feet where not sore.

The Rockys are a little bigger then I need, that is so I can wear an extra pair of socks.

The black boots are my Brazos, the camo are rockys.
 

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hi guys, slightly off track on this topic alittle.. i had left my pair of army issued boots for around 17months in a dark corner of the house.. now.. it has a layer of mould growing on it..

any way to "restore" or clean it up?
 

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Best way I know is to try to use some alcohol (Everclear). It shouldn't effect the boots. You've got nothing to loose at this point. Also try some odor absorbing spray. You can find this at any local shop.
 

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I've had the mold thing on mil-surp boots,and just washed them in the sink with hot water and dish soap.Throw them on the boot dryer,and re-polish.Like new!
 

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I like boots I can repair myself.

To that end British Army ammo boots are superb, they're hobnailed, once broken in extremely comfortable, durable and easy to repair.

I bought a shoe last (cast iron) from a car boot fair for 3 quid and hobnails are cheap as chips.

I've walked 80 miles in Holland in 3 days in these boots, my feet were tired but NO blisters, unlike lads who were wearing more modern footwear.

I've walked the length of Hadrians Wall over rugged terrain and they stood up to it all, I on the other hand wasn't so resilient!

I know they're "old tech" but for 30 quid you just can't go wrong.

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I also have Matterhorns which you can re-sole.

Most modern boots have a directly moulded sole, when thats worn out the boots finished at least with boots like the Matterhorn you'll be able to remove the sole and either replace it with a spare if you have it, or fashion a replacement.

Out in the woods the ammo boots are my first choice, you won't sound like the Brigade of Guards on parade, in urban environment I go for the Matterhorns.

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Boots, yep, the Queen of boots:

 
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I also have Matterhorns which you can re-sole.

Most modern boots have a directly moulded sole, when thats worn out the boots finished at least with boots like the Matterhorn you'll be able to remove the sole and either replace it with a spare if you have it, or fashion a replacement.

Out in the woods the ammo boots are my first choice, you won't sound like the Brigade of Guards on parade, in urban environment I go for the Matterhorns.

Cheers
That's the down side to Oakley Boots and Blackhawk Warrior wear. Good to run in, but they definetly have a shelf life. I've got military boots from over a decade ago that still fit, have a sole, and maintain a shine. Newer tactical boots are good for 6 months max before they either wear out or come unglued.
 

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i like to heat up leather boots with a hairdryer then rub in snoseal beeswax to make them supple and more water resistant
 
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