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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS
The boots of the first model were used in the period from 1962 to about 1965 The boots shown on the picture (with a brown rubber sole), at that time belonged to Hubert Pardella, the second commander of the 5 Parachute Battalion. These boots feature pretty tight lacing with the 12 pairs of round eyelets.
Boots of the second model appeared in 1965 and were not significantly different from the first model: the rubber sole of slightly different color, it featured less number of lacing eyelets - just 10 pairs. The sole was glue-fixed and stitched to the boots top (Goodyear welt construction). The tread pattern of the sole was similar to pilot's boots - shallow mesh, and the sole itself was quite soft. The boots top was made of soft and smooth genuine leather, in the upper part there were soft leather cuffs, the malleolus bones were protected by padding (soft inserts), the inner lining was made of gray thin leather with applied stamp - the purple NVA markings.
The third model of GDR jump boots was produced from 1969 until the late 1970s. The main visual difference between the third model from the previous "Sprungstiefel" model is a semi-circular pad on the boot's counter. The color of rubber soles turned to black, as well as the inner side of the leather in the upper cuff of the boot.
There were three variants of the third model, which are conventionally designated: a), b) and c). All three versions differ from the earlier models by the modified system of lacing. In the model a) the lacing system is provided by three pairs of simple round eyelets with hexagonal- shaped rivets at the bottom, and above there were four pairs of hooks for laces.
On the model b) the lacing system was also provided with three pairs of simple round eyelets with hexagonal-shape rivets at the bottom, while the four pairs of hooks on top were replaced by simple round eyelets with round-shape rivets.
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