Original WWII German leggings worn with low boots. In 2004, we acquired several hundred pairs of original, unfinished Gamaschen from Germany. The canvas bodies were done, but all were lacking the leather straps and buckles. So, the cloth parts are original WWII and we make here straps from new, U.S. leather. I also had the correct non-roller buckles made. They have been correctly hand-stitched with linen cord- not machine sewn. These have black straps- there is no meaning to the color- black or brown are just production variations. (Brown is NOT Luftwaffe, "Tropical" or any other gibberish.)
Size: We made the adjustment straps the same size as originals. These fit most adult men. If you have "cankles", these will not fit- and we have no "special order industrial size" and there is no practical way to sew two together.
Warning! These are original WWII. They were paired by the real live Third Reich Germans in 1944-45. There was a war on and there are some irregularities. There may be a slight shade difference between the right & left, the half-moon shaped reinforcements may be different colors (perhaps all 4 are a bit different), there are often weaving flaws, discolored areas, stains, and occasionally one legging is a centimeter or two longer or shorter than the other.
But that's they way it was- these are what the REAL Landsers and Grenadiers wore. If you get in your time machine and jet back to 1944 these are what you would have been issued. These are not copies! It's like having a real SS guy in your room and whining because his nose is crooked.
We will not exchange these for "better matching" or "perfect" pairs. There are none. If this upsets your fashion sense then get reproductions.
How to wear Gamaschen
The straps go on the outside of your ankle, and point to the rear, the reinforcements on the bottom.
I've seen plenty of Living Historians and a few WWII photos with them being worn ass-backwards/ upside down.
It was and still is a common problem...
Original, worn pairs. As usual, which one is right?
Answer. All of them.
Pairs as they were worn in WWII. Two out of three don't match.
Wow. Poor bastards. The humiliation...
Which one would a Landser have
worn and which would he have refused
to wear lest he be laughed at by
the Red Army for poor fashion taste?