Boots....

... I did something yesterday that I haven't done in years.... I fell asleep in my combat boots..... many was the time in the far-off past that it was almost impossible to stay awake in them... pushed mentally or physically through training or missions, you'd often find yourself so incredibly tired that you'd fall asleep at the first moment of stillness... taking a ten minute break during a 18 mile road-hump stateside, most men would change their socks and catch a quick nap before being called back into line.... rest was one of the things that was always most needed... food, water, and sleep...

... these days a forced road-march would kill me... my back and knees are already shot from little time I served... and my left shoulder is pretty banged up too.... but I do still wear combat boots when I am battling the back yard.... there are enough creepy crawlies in the grass to make walking barefoot a highly dangerous endeavor... if you stay on the stone path to the patio or stay on the deck, you're fine in bare feet... but anywhere else and boots are needed...

... the boots I wear are old, standard issue leather boots from the 1980s... no vibram sole... no speedlaces... just about as plain as they come... their only real identifying mark is the date of manufacture... it's lightly stamped into the leather on the outside of the boot just around from the highest eyelet.. I had a pair just like them before, but I finally wore them out... gifted to me by Corporal Shaw when he de-mobbed, I wore them for nearly twelve years... re-soled time and time again, the leather uppers just got softer and softer... until finally the leather just gave up and cracked.... I still have them though, they're out in the garage... but the new ones have taken their place...

... I had a hard time tracking them down actually.... evidently the military stopped issuing them back about 1988 and went with speedlaces instead... which was a pity, really... because the speedlaces did suck mightily.... crap leather that was impossible to shine and plastic soles that did nothing to cushion your foot from the road - the boots were horrible....

... but after lots of searching, I finally found them online in an old Army/Navy surplus store in Juneau, Alaska... the salesman remarked over the phone that he only had two pairs left in my size... so naturally, I bought them both... I figure that in ten years when the new pair wears out, it'll be Hell trying to find them again... so it's best just to sit on the second pair until they are needed... good boots are hard to find... and well, I guess I just know what I like...

by Eric on July 05, 2006 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Military Stuff
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It pains me to have to cut loose a good old pair of boots. Heheheh... I've tried, and I've still kept them around; though, they aren't much more than slippers, now.

It's a good thing that boots don't blog, because there'd be a lot of dirt on us all...

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on July 5, 2006 03:25 PM

I've never worn those kind of boots much. I do have a pair of workboots (steel toed) that I have to use when I go out to the warehouse. It must have been a bitch to have to wear the "newer boots" you were referring to. I'm glad you got that second pair...just to be safe.

Bullshitted by Moogie on July 5, 2006 04:18 PM

If this becomes more of your shoe-fetish blogging, I'm headed out for a walk...

Bullshitted by RSM on July 5, 2006 06:21 PM

I still have mine, although I don't wear 'em much these days. They don't fit all that well. Hell, my hat doesn't fit either, and my uniform is out of the question. It seems that everything got bigger (Well, almost everything) since I got out of the Army.

Oh, and I can still see inside the boots where we had to put our name and service number. You put it on you boots, belt and headgear, so that if you got yourself blown to bits, your name would be well spread around. Ack!

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on July 5, 2006 08:12 PM

These boots are made for sleepin'?
Now wait a minute. That's not how that song goes!

Bullshitted by Jerry on July 5, 2006 11:28 PM

A couple of years ago I decided to get a new pair and went in to the clothing sales at the local air base..you are right..junk and high dollar junk at that. I decided that my old slip on western boots would do just fine with another layer of polish.

Bullshitted by GUYK on July 6, 2006 07:24 AM

I still have my old combat boots from the punk days. I hitchhiked across Texas in those things, wore them when I was homeless, and used them as defensive weapons on a Hell's Angel who just wouldn't take no for an answer. They are cracked and were always two sizes too big...but I just can't seem to throw them out.

Now I'm getting ready to buy a new pair of combat boots...but for this roadtrip, I seem to need desert tan ones.

Bullshitted by Joan on July 6, 2006 09:48 AM