The Double 11 has just passed, presumably the friends have stockpiled a lot of shoes and done enough “foot work” to cope with the cold weather that is about to arrive.
And the most suitable shoes for winter, that is definitely not boots, it is disliked by the summer stuffy feet, in the cold wind, warm protection and styling effect are not delayed.
But when it comes to boots, we’re all too familiar.
All the large and small boot brands on the market that can be named, for their classic models, everyone is also very precious.
Ye Zi naturally knows that there are a lot of boots in the shoe cabinet of friends, but if you are tired of wearing the hot overalls boots now, and you are not a die-hard fan of a certain brand, if you want to wear more novelty this winter, then today we have also prepared a pair of military boots for everyone.
Just like most men are obsessed with military uniforms,
Compared with cargo boots, military boots can better endow men’s attachment to that masculine fearlessness
, and the war-tested military boots are even more irresistible in comparison.
However, now the active military boot brands in most countries’ armed forces, it often focuses on protection, aesthetics are difficult to take into account, not in line with the mainstream fashion aesthetics, it is not easy to wear.
Therefore, if you want to wear military boots, Ye Zi recommends that you choose “retro military boots”, such as
Boondocker Boots is not a military boot brand, but a boot type, which was the main field shoe issued by the US Navy during World War II.
Developed in 1943, its standard name in the military is U.S. Navy Field Shoes N-1, so Boondocker Boots is also called
N-1 naval boots
If you’re a veteran Vintage military uniform fan, you should know that there is also a decksuit called the N-1 Jacket in the American retro military uniform.
In fact, N-1 refers to an entire series of combat uniforms in the United States, including clothing and shoes, and other military supplies, which means that N-1 naval boots and N-1 decksuits are matched, and subsequent N-2, N-3 and other series are the same.
▲ N-1 Jacket (replica)
The name Boondocker Boots is because the U.S. Marines equipped with N-1 naval boots were stationed in the Philippines during the Pacific War of World War II, fighting with the Japanese in the jungles of various islands, and Boondocker means “jungle” in Filipino.
Protected, breathable, dry, easy to put on and take off, and tough and practical, the boot’s reputation spread, and slowly the nickname Boondocker replaced the official N-1 number.
The Boondocker Boots were mass-produced throughout World War II, and later an Army version also appeared.
Its status in military boots is relatively outstanding, and its simple and neat cut structure boot body has influenced the design of many subsequent military boot styles, which has the significance of connecting the top and bottom, and the United States has not slowly retired this boot model until 2016.
Today, Boondocker Boots is more civilian, and many brands have incorporated it under their umbrella, including but not limited to Alden, Sagara, Role Club, The Real McCoy’s and so on.
The brand either stays faithful to the replica or reinvents it based on the original boot.
Therefore, the current Boondocker Boots is not so specific, and its “appearance” will change in different brands.
But to say the most “flavorful” Boondocker Boots, then it must be
Suede + hemp rope outsole
The traditional version of Boondocker Boots is almost all cowhide suede material, using chrome tanning process, which is mainly to improve the waterproof and stain resistance of boots, and some will also apply wax on the surface of the suede to improve performance step by step.
After different periods of wear, the surface of Boondocker Boots will also have different degrees of fur, and some brands will even deliberately polish to make the boots more old.
Perhaps this will make the boots look less delicate, but it is particularly in line with the practical nature of “military boots”, and the uninhibited rough texture is born, which also gives it a retro atmosphere that most military boots do not have now.
In fact, everyone knows the suede, what is the “hemp rope bottom”, the bottom made of hemp rope?
Yes, it is the sole made of hemp rope, but it is the sole of the boot made of rubber and hemp rope to be exact.
We can see that on the bottom of Boondocker Boots, there are many small bumps of different colors, which is the hemp rope material.
Simply put, hemp rope outsole is the rubber and hemp rope two materials after hot melting, and then molded, different from the ordinary single rubber sole, mixed with hemp rope material, the sole has a better moisture absorption and anti-slip effect.
In addition, compared with ordinary wood chip bottoms, the hemp rope bottom is very light and will not “drag feet”.
Many articles have been written about these boots, and Steve McQueen wore Boondocker Boots in the classic American movie “The Great Escape”.
To be precise, Steve McQueen was wearing M43 boots.
▲ The movie “The Great Escape”
In fact, the M43 was also introduced in 1943, and at the same time as the Boondocker Boots, it was not much different in appearance, and it was a simple part-length boot.
But the M43 belongs to the paratrooper boot, it is more towering, and the most obvious difference is that the M43 only has a normal rubber sole.
▲ M43 Boots
There are also many different cargo boots, Boondocker Boots has no reinforced “toe” structure on the toe, which has obvious advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage is that the wearing comfort is high, and the front instep will not have too much confinement between walking.
The disadvantage is that after wearing the cap without a toe cap for a long time, the front upper will appear creases, and it is easy to slump.
But there are people who on the contrary prefer the front upper with soft changes, and in their opinion, this detail will add enough Vintage style to the shoe.
And Ye Zi, who is a boot controller, feels,
The overall line shape of the Boondocker Boots is the most attractive of many boot models
In most brands, it’s a 7-hole half-waist (some 8-hole, some 6-hole) that doesn’t stand tall or low, taking up your entire foot without being obtrusive.
The toe is slightly upturned, the back (heel) is rounded and full, and the upper is contracted upwards as a whole, which makes the Boondocker Boots have obvious line curves, smooth and soft, which is perfect.
At the same time, this will also make the Boondocker Boot more convenient and capable to wear, with a good pedicure degree, and the wide and simple upper below will not delay the expression of the shape, taking into account the practicality and style styling ability.
If you want to introduce a Boondocker Boot boot brand, in addition to the aforementioned ones, Yezi personally prefers it
Founded in 1931, Viberg believes that everyone is no stranger, relying on unique craftsmanship and high-quality raw materials, it has successfully become one of the four boot kings in North America, and Boondocker Boot is its main product.
▲ Viberg Boondocker Boot
Of course, we must also know that Viberg’s things are very expensive, and its Boondocker Boot costs an average of more than 5,000 yuan, which is about to catch up with a pair of Alden’s horse hip shoes.
However, whether it is inflated or worth the money, you can only know if you have seen it.
To be honest, Boondocker Boot didn’t appear in Viberg too early, and it wasn’t until 2013 that the brand launched the corresponding Boondocker series.
Viberg developed it on the basis of the original Boondocker Boot model produced in 1943.
Therefore, relatively speaking, Viberg’s Boondocker Boot is closer to the original, with a shorter body and a wider and flat toe, both in the last and in line structure, ensuring a closer to the authentic “N-1 style”.
In terms of raw materials, Viberg uses full-grain Chromexce naturally tanned leather from the world-famous leather fabric manufacturer Horween, and it is hand-grained to create an extraordinary natural rough texture, and because of the high oil and wax content of leather, this boot has outstanding waterproof and stain resistance.
On the sole, Viberg’s Boondocker Boot is mainly available in two styles, one is paired with D
r.sole hemp rope outsole
, closer to the original; The other is
Dainite logs filled with leather bottom
The advantages and disadvantages of these two soles are also more obvious, Dr.sole’s slip resistance is good but expensive, Dainite is cheap, but the slip resistance is insufficient.
In addition, in the sewing of the sole, Viberg uses double stitching to hand-line the strip, which is exquisite in workmanship and solid in texture, giving it a higher durability character, so it is no wonder that it is so expensive.
Although the functionality of the Boondocker Boot is obviously backward by the current “military boot” standard, it is a pair of boots that show your “military character” well in everyday style wear.
With a capable and unruly tone that is not inferior, and not too rigid and rigid like ordinary military boots, roughness and elegance, and rare retro quality, how can it not fascinate people?