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("The new recruits were said, that the one who manage to break his "opinacze" when marching will be issued a new pair of combat boots immediately, and will be further released from the marching drill. The naive young soldiers stomped till they fell tired, knocking their feet down on the concrete parade ground, but the boots, of course, survived such treatment. Over the years there were no cases, when someone managed to grind the weld on the out-sole or "break" the boots while marching. So these "opinacze" combat boots can go through any hardships, except for the absence of regular lubrication").

One should also mention the boots for ceremonial battalion (parade battalion) of the Polish Armed Forces (Opinacze w Batalionie Reprezentacyjnym WP). Since 1989, the soldiers of this unit are provided with a new kind of boots - the black boots of model 925/MON (wz 925/MON) with the out-soles, padded with 36 steel nails and with steel tips on the toes and the heels.

These boots are also very sturdy and reliable, and the out-soles with metal nails and tips make a distinctive sound during the marching steps. These boots are manufactured by "Protektor SA" company from Lublin.

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Polish Army "Jump" Boots of Model 919/MON

The Polish army "jump" boots model 919/MON (aka "buty skoczka" or "skoczky" in Polish language) are issued to the country's Armed Forces since 1993.

They differ in appearance from the classic Polish "opinacze" by the lack of cuff with two buckles and the presence of a soft cushion at the top of the boot, which is intended to prevent the ingress of water, dust and pebbles inside the boots. The very first test models of these boots were of dark cherry colour, but later the main colour became black. Initially 919/MON "jump" boots were developed specially for the Polish airborne troops, but later they were supplied to land forces as well. Currently, these "jump" boots are used as summer footwear.

Almost immediately, these "jump" boots got the name "desantu", to distinguish them from "zajaców", i.e. "hares". The Polish paratroopers used this nick-name ("hares") to call the land soldiers, just in the same way as the American paratroopers used the term "straight-legs" to call their land-based companions.

Later it turned out that, despite the fact that the new boots were more lightweight and comfortable, the overall quality of raw materials, leather dyes and manufacture, the new boots were not as good as the old and time-proven "opinacze". It is difficult now to find out the exact backstory, but the new boots got a scornful nick-name "józefy".

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