Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WW2 US NAVY roughout ankle boots

The crew of a construction battalion aka "SEABEES" wearing their weathered ankle boots on their way to Normandy......
A never issued pair .The USN NXSX marking places them around 1944......
The rubber and cord sole is different in design from the WW2 USMC "boondocker" .....

A real USN marked pair of roughout ankle boots,although similar in appearance to their widely manufactured USMC counterpart [aka "boondocker"],are one of the hardest item to find when you're a collector. They look sharper,as they don't have a reinforced toe and should not be confused with the army M43 riveted model,popular with Japanese vintage enthusiasts for it's the one worn by the Steve Mc Queen in "the great escape"....

8 comments:

  1. Those boots are amazing! Have only seen the boondockers myself. Is there any difference in the shape of the boot? cool sweater in the back aswell!

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  2. the shape is basically the same only the markings on the sole and the inside are different .the sweater is from the 7th cbmu a pacific seabees unit ......i sold the piece last week to a buddy of mine ......

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  3. Do you know anywhere that sells boots like these? I've been hunting for a long time, but I can't seem to find the unreinforced/narrower toe roughout boots anywhere.

    Are these for sale?

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  4. you can try "at the front"for repros .but i'll go for their army roughout instead of their boondocker...they run a little large so be careful .

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  5. for skinny D the sweater you liked was sold this week end at the rose bowl to the RALPH LAUREN team.... so might end up being copied for the RRL collection .keep your eyes opened one never knows !!

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  6. cool patrick!! i recommend "at the front" aswell Devin

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  7. I have a pair of the ATF roughouts and they are fine for the money. I think the ones from WWII Impressions look better and only cost a little more though. Nex time!

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  8. i agree ....i've got ww2 impression russet brown ankle boots and they are the closest to the original :color fit and shape .....

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