Jump boot

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Bates Enforcer Series 11" side zip Paratrooper Jump Boots

Jump boot, a type of combat boot first to come with high legs before modern issue combat boots, exclusive with Paratroopers and soldiers of the Airborne Forces. In modern times, nearly all combat boots are fully laced, therefore modern jump boots in some countries are earned and are mainly worn as dress and parade boots. Their uppers are generally made of smooth black leather, with toe-caps and heel counters that accept a high polish, also called a "spit-shine" or "spittle-shine.". It is also a paratrooper tradition to tie up jump boots a particular way to increase ankle support doing a parachute jump, notably the ladder and the cobweb type[1][2][3][4]

Description[edit]

Jump boots are fully laced from the instep to the top and give more support to the wearer's ankles, whereas ordinary combat boots during World War II were laced just above the ankle and had to be worn with leggings or puttees to prevent mud and dirt from entering the boot. Some types of jump boots are constructed with zippers on their inner sides, to facilitate pull-on and removal.

Users[edit]

Germany[edit]

During WW2, the Fallschirmjäger wore jump boots with side lacing. Side laced boots were also used by Czechoslovak Paratroopers after 1945.

Brazil[edit]

Brazilian Paratroopers wear brown leather jump boots manufactured by Atalaia.

Portugal[edit]

Jump Boots in Portugal are manufactured by Proheral[5] and are laced in a distinctive way not only for traditions but to increase ankle support during a parachute jump. In Portugal it is a tradition to have jump boots laced a particular way.[6][7] While these boots are sometimes worn by non-paratroopers in Portugal, only paratroopers wear them with surplus green paracord instead of the usual black string. On parade, they are usually worn with white paracord.

Spain[edit]

The Boot paratrooper, or BRIPAC boots (Spanish: BOTAS MARCA IMEPIEL, DE LA BRIPAC) As its name suggests and defines, was a boot own exclusive to paratrooper units. It lacked the triple buckles (for obvious reasons, trying to jump in not providing the strings or winds bell parachute could get dangerously hooked on them), which was slightly higher than the issue three buckles for, among other things, give the game shin-ankle-foot extra support, all of which reinforced toe and heel.

Except small details differentiating Imipiel boots were supplied, in principle, a carbon copy of the previous aesthetic Segarra, including the aspect of the sole - although this was not screwed - so much so that, at a distance, the simple observation of the same, gave the feeling of being wrong indeed be traditional Segarra. Unlike these, the bill turned out to be a bad Imipiel boots, since it opened and took off with relative ease and in a short time, greatly shorten its life, a detail that was not lost on the charge-charge of the Ministry of Defense, responsible for assessing and managing this type of equipment.

Italy[edit]

Italian Paratroopers are issued the stivaletti combattimento esercito italiano mod. 2000. These usually come in a dark brown/black leather and soles may vary.

United Kingdom[edit]

During WW2, the British Army were issued trial copies of Fallschrimjager type side laced boots in the early days of the Parachute Regiment but they were not adopted. A high version of the standard ammo boot was trialed with an extra cuff with eyelets added to the top of the boot. They were also fitted with thick crepe rubber soles. Once again though trialed, they were not adopted.

United States[edit]

US type jump boots were originally designed by William P. Yarborough in 1941 for use in the 501st Parachute Test Battalion.[8] Also known as paratrooper boots, or "Corcorans" after The Corcoran And Matterhorn Company, a division of Cove Shoe Company, which had the exclusive Department of Defense contract to artifice and supply them for years,.[9][10] Jump boots with zippers were not authorized for wear by US Forces. Certain US Army soldiers, notably those parachute qualified and assigned to an Airborne/Special Forces unit, are authorized to wear jump boots with their Class A uniforms.[11]

A modified version of the paratrooper boot was issued to U.S. Navy personnel working on flight decks and Aircrewmen. This variation of the jump boot featured a steel-toe and zig-zag pattern on the out-sole designed to prevent gathering FOD, or Foreign-Object Debris, that could potentially damage aircraft by being sucked into the Jet engine's intake. These boots were sometimes colloquially referred to as "wing-walkers." Generally they were black in color, but a brown version was issued to Flight Officers. This style is no longer issued, but is still generally authorized to wear with most Navy working uniforms (i.e. NWUs, coveralls, Aviation Working Greens).

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