*Important Historical W.W.II Alpine Infantry (Axis) Officer’s Hobnailed Boot: 42.5D


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  • Important Historical World War II
    Alpine Infantry (Axis) Officer’s Hobnailed Boot

    Antik Mass Arbeit II. Weltkrig Gebirgsjäger Beschagenen Bergschuhe
    Circa 1940-1945
    Euro 650

    Hobnailed Boots in general are boots with proud-standing nails inserted into their soles to increase durability but also to improve traction in snow and ice, soft or rocky ground and, in mountainous areas, in scree (loose rock debris). Developed around the Great War and worn in the mire of the trenches, hobnailed boots served the military of all combatants for more than half a century. Ammunition Boots are a Field Boot variety of the Hobnailed Boot.

    Alpine Boots or Mountaineering Boots are a specialized Hobnailed Boot and not to be confused with simple hiking boots as they are usually stiffer in order to support the wearer in steep terrain where a flexible shoe or boot could lose traction. Moreover they are rather more insulated and waterproofed. Some are designed to take crampons.

    The present pair is fitted with unusual protruding cleats at all edges to take the place of most crampons and still be practical for simple hiking. The tall toe-box and double sole provide further insulation and the you can notice at the instep that the sole is fixed with wooden nails. Both this sort of wooden nail construction and the tall toe-box are characteristic of mid-century Central European custom shoemaking. Notice too the double tongue and double inner and outer lacing for safety. God forbid your laces come untied when you are attached to a rock-face by only toes and fingertips!

    I know of no more durable boot than the pair shown here, or one more ideally suited for serious hiking, rock or ice climbing, crevasse traverse, rescue work, or any extreme-weather duty. The contemporary versions of these shoe, though hardly equal to this pair, are worn by rescue paramedics, mountain rangers, snowplow and snowcat drivers, ski lift and cable car operators and Swiss, Austrian and German Mountain Defense Forces.

    Size Details:

    Continental 42.5D......UK 8.5E.....US 9.5D, for the medium width foot.

    Shoe Condition:

    Showing zero wear.


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