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The first model of Dutch boots for hot and humid climate (1970-80s) is actually a hybrid of early American and British "jungle" boots.
The lacing system consists of 10 pairs of simple round eyelets (4 lower and 6 upper pairs), between which there was a cut-out for better flexibility of bending). The boot's top consists of green tarpaulin (the Dutch themselves use the term "canvas" to call this material) and black grained leather. The out- sole is made of rigid polyurethane (the material resembling German jungle boots by "Baltes" company), the tread pattern of the out-soles were of own Dutch design, similar to the British "jungle" boots.
Since the 1990s, the Dutch troops took part in the four major military campaigns in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan (Uruzgan Province).
In 1993, in order to provide the troops with more advanced boots for hot and humid climate, the Dutch Ministry of Defence developed the boots of model M93. The name used for these boots in the Armed Forces of the Netherlands is "M93 KL jungle, tropen legerkisten" (model M93 military boots for jungle/tropics of the (Dutch) Royal Land Forces).
Just as in the case of model M92 "desert" boots , it can be seen that the early model of Dutch "jungle" boots feature hard rubber out-sole (with a longitudinal groove on the heel),
and the tread pattern of the out-soles is somewhat simpler than that of a later version of the out-sole, which was made of nitrile rubber (the heel had no groove).
This new model of the Dutch "jungle" boots represented by itself a hybrid model of M90 boots and the early summer green suede boots, which were created on the basis of model M92 boots. In fact, these boots practically the same, with the exception of top: green suede was replaced by a sleek black hydrophobic leather treated by the method of "pebbling", that gives the leather a slightly "grainy look" and improves elasticity. The lacing system and the out-sole tread pattern are the same.
As it was described before, the out-soles of the early boot were made of hard rubber, with a groove on the heel, while later models had groove-less heel and softer out-sole of nitrile rubber, and the tread pattern of the late boots had a little more complex figure.
The next step in the development of Dutch boot for hot and humid climate was made by "HAIX" footwear company, which supplied the Armed Forces of the Netherlands with a hybrid model, which represented by itself a lightweight version of "HAIX" Modell 2005/2007 boots and the latest model of the Dutch "jungle" boots, with the addition of some elements, inherent to "tropical" boots by "Baltes".
The "origin" of these boots essential elements:
- From "HAIX" this model "got" the standard out-sole with tread pattern, typical for this company's products;
- From Dutch "jungle" boots this model "borrowed" the standard canvas top, the same as on the green summer boots;
- A pair of conventional ventilation and drainage eyelets on each boot, the design of the counter as well as the leather band with a loop for laces fastening on the back side of the top are similar to the "Baltes" boots features:
The lacing system has been modified: three pairs of simple round eyelets in the lower part, a pair of hook-clamps to fix the lacing above them, and four pairs of D-shaped loops (to perform the function of speed lacing system) in the upper part of lacing.
It was the "HAIX" company, which also manufactured green and black suede boots (a version of the model described above) for the Dutch army. The only difference between these types of boots consist in the material used: smooth black leather was just replaced with suede. The lacing system remained the same, as well as the out-sole - the customers will easily recognize the out-sole of full leather Bundeswehr boots Modell 2005/2007.
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