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Almost from the very beginning, the "Corcoran" jump boots have become the symbol of elite status footwear for Rangers and paratroopers not only in the US, but almost all over the world. These boots are still manufactured, and very certain special forces and airborne soldiers are officially authorized to wear "Corcoran" boots with their dress uniforms as a sign of high qualification and merits.

The Dutch army boots model M/57 are practically compliant with the American specification for the russet-coloured chrome leather army boots, created in the year 1948 - the so-called "M1948 Boots, Service, Combat, Russet".

The boots M/57, as well as the American prototypes, are red-brown ("russet") in color, they differ with the reinforced toe and counter (extra layers of leather). On the inside of the boot's top there an additional suede strip is sewn down in order to keep the pants tucked in the boots and for more tight fit. The leather upper is processed by "shagreen" technology and was supposed to fat impregnation. The sole of the boot is made of thick cowhide with sewn and glued rubber tread.

So, if the Dutch M/57 boots are just a copy of the American boots, let's make a short historical tour.

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