JKISSI : The combat boot has been stomping on the runway for years now, far away from the actual battlefield where soldiers risk their lives every day. Military boots have been embedded in history and linked to various groups from goth, to punk, to industrial . There are various types of military boots depending on the climate and terrain of the location. A great recommendation by a friend led me to purchase the jungle boot. Based on the great price point alone I had no choice but to beat these boots to shreds during the colder season. With high fashion brands producing military boots at a premium price, our friends over at GQ featured the combat boot in their popular guide “GQ Guide for Dressing for Less”, discarding the notion that you have to purchase those brands that more than quadruple their price point for the boot.
Fit Details : I have been wearing this J.Crew fatigue jacket quite frequently since the weather refuses to burst into full-on spring. This item is a classic rendition on military inspired outerwear which everyone can appreciate with J.Crew’s distinctive wash on the piece. My personal favorite detail on the jacket has to be the drawstring and multiple pockets. -||- Have you ever come across a pair of jeans and wished that they came in your desired fit ? Add a tailor and a few days and that’s exactly what I did here with these Lands End jeans – a great toasty shade of brown. Fair enough my family has been receiving the catalogue for countless years and I decided to take advantage of that to broaden my pant color options. Some people would definitely label this idea slightly out of the box, or in better words just plain old crazy.
This ode to the boots speaks for itself: It was interesting to rip the tag off the boots that read “Check for snakes and insects” notifying me of the severity that could be at hand. These are great boots that can also be multi-purposed for this moderate spring weather we’re experiencing. I would seriously recommend wearing cushion socks and getting your hands on a nice insole if you don’t want any unkind foot blisters.
The first jungle boots were made of canvas and rubber and used in the South Pacific during World War II. The first model was standardized 31 Aug 1942 and went into production that year, to try to meet the unexpectedly large requirements for war in the Pacific Theater. It had a canvas duck top and an attached tongue that kept out mud and insects (top photo on this page). The corrugated rubber sole had good traction while a removable fabric insole kept the feet away from the rubber. Overall, the boot was lightweight and kept the feet and lower legs comfortable when worn with cushion sole socks. It was easily cleaned and dried. – Source – Olive Drab
Jungle boot production line via LIFE Archives