Note: These are IDENTICAL to the Army "roughout" Service Shoes, except for the tread pattern. Many people are using them in place of the now unavailable, reproduction Army boots. We will have new service shoes later in 2016, but they will be twice this price.
Standard issue field shoes used by US Marines throughout WWII. These feature roughout leather uppers and rubber soles and heels. Boondockers were worn both with and without leggings by all Marines in the Pacific Theater. The only deviation from the originals on these are the soles. We were unable to find a company that could put the nylon cord shreds into the rubber.
are copied from original WWII boots which run about 1/2 size larger
than modern shoes. So, if you wear a 10.5 in modern sizes, then a 10
will fit in our boots.
Other sizes? The factory which makes these is now out of business. Once a size is
sold out, there will be no restock. We are searching for a new supplier,
but so far we've had no luck.
There will be no other sizes!
Treat your boots!
"Roughout boots" need to be treated before they will be water
repellent. Troops in WWII were issued "dubbing" which is a wax paste to
rub into the outside of the boots. The best modern equivalent is
"Sno-seal"- which is readily available online, at Walmart, hardware and
many shoe stores and costs about $7-9 for an 8 oz jar. You can also fins
original Army issue dubbing on ebay or some surplus stores for a
Perfection: We realize that some people are very discriminating
about everything they wear. These are not Armani custom loafers- they
are combat boots. One boot, or parts of a boot may be slightly "fuzzier"
or darker in shade than the another, or there may be smudge from a
dirty finger etc.. These are not defects on a combat boot- once you
smear dubbing or Sno-Seal all over them, none of these "blemishes" will
matter. Boots returned for such issues will not be exchanged- only a
refund issued. We are not going to hunt for "the best" boots with the
least fuzz etc, as was the case several times last year.
Approximate weight: 5 pounds