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Military Boots of the Netherlands - Model M/66

In the mid-late 1960s the Armed Forces of the Netherlands introduced military boots model M/66, which were used until the year 1990. These boots were russet-brown in colour, traditional for many European armies in the 1960s-70s. Since the 1980s, these boots were also supplied in black colour.

The design of these boots was "borrowed" from American "safety boots", mainly produced by "Addison Shoe Company", a Division of NMF Inc., located in Wynn, Arkansas. "Safety boots" are widely used by the US Air Force and the Navy. The design of the boots, still widely used nowadays features minimum stitched joints of the leather top, thus increasing general robustness and water resistance, especially if the boots are treated with quality boot polish.

The top of these boots is made of hard durable hydrophobic grained leather, treated by the "pebbling" method. The leather lining inside the boot is made of soft and durable "glove-type leather" of light yellow or grey colour.

The Dutch army slang names for their military boots are "Legerkisten" or "Legerlaarzen" - "military chests" and "military boxes" correspondingly. In this matter the Dutch are similar to the Germans, which for decades (until the early 1970s) used to wear army high boots called "Knobelbecher".

On the German soldiers' slang the word "Knobelbecher" means "dice cup", because these sturdy high boots were made of very thick and rigid leather, so the soldier's feet used to be clattering inside the boots very similar to the dice in a cup.

The out-sole is made of solid vulcanized rubber. These boots are made by DMS (Direct Moulded Sole) method, which is progressive and modern even today, as opposite to conventional "glue-and stitching" method.

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DMS-type boots are manufactured on fairly expensive equipment, because the boots of each size are made on separate machine tooling unit.

The US armed forces have moved to the "DMS" method of boots manufacturing back in the 1960s, abandoning the methods of "glueing" and "glueing-and-stitching".

The tread pattern of the M/66 boots soles resembles the "Tractor"-type tread of the American "Firestone" jeeps of the World War II times

The boots tread pattern was presumably created on the basis of the German paratroopers boots out-soles, which were introduced in the Third Reich's Luftwaffe back in the 1930s. This protector provides excellent adhesion to most surfaces and has the property of "self-cleaning". Such a tread pattern has long been used on the model M60 boots of the Armed Forces of Czechoslovakia as well.

The "speed lacing" system, which greatly facilitates pulling the boots on and off, features 7 pairs of bronze eyelets, manufactured by "MARK" company

The flap of the boots tongue is "closed", like on all the other army boots. The tongue is stitched to the boot's top in order to protect the feet from penetration of dust and pebbles and from the ingress of water inside the boots. One can safely come into the water safely up to the level of the sixth pair of eyelets (counting upward).

The military ID-markings on the M/66 model boots is placed on the out-sole.

For example, the marking 43M means size 43, M = Middel (Middle) widths; below the size and widths are repeated in the "Mondopoint" system (in mm) - 274/97. Below the national markings "NL" (the Netherlands) is indicated. The Identification serial number and the month/year of production are marked inside the boots top.

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