Jump boots are standard footgear for Paratroopers and Airborne Forces with high legs. The style is a type of combat boot and actually predates their issue during World War II. Modern jump boots are earned in some countries and therefore have become a mark of achievement and distinction, mainly worn as dress and parade boots. The uppers are generally made of smooth black leather with toe-caps and heel counters that accept a high polish ("spit-shine" or "spittle-shine"). It is also a paratrooper tradition to lace jump boots in a ladder or cobweb style which increases ankle support during a parachute jump,
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.
During WW2, the Fallschirmjäger wore jump boots with side lacing. Side laced boots were also used by Czechoslovak Paratroopers after 1945.
Brazilian Paratroopers wear brown leather jump boots manufactured by Atalaia.
Dutch Paratroopers were issued the M57 Jump Boot from 1958 to 1976. They were a dark brown leather and had stitched soles.
Jump Boots in Portugal are manufactured by Proheral and are laced in the aforementioned distinctive style. While these boots are sometimes worn by non-paratroopers in Portugal, only paratroopers wear them with surplus green paracord instead of the usual black lace. On parade, they are usually worn with white paracord.
In Spain they are referred to as BRIPAC boots (Spanish: BOTAS MARCA IMEPIEL, DE LA BRIPAC) They lack the triple buckles which are worn by other soldiers for safety reasons, as a parachute could get dangerously hooked on them. They are also slightly higher, providing more shin, ankle, and foot support, and have reinforced toes and heels.
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.
Italian Paratroopers are issued the stivaletti combattimento esercito italiano mod. 2000. These usually come in a dark brown/black leather and soles may vary. French paratroopers of the 1950s worn the very similar "Bottes de saut Mle 50". The only differences between the Italian and French models are the heel and in the outsole tread patterns.
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.
William P. Yarborough initially designed the boots in 1941 for use in the 501st Parachute Test Battalion. 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,. This design is still in production. 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 dress uniforms.
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).
- Reglamento de Uniformes y Divisas del Ejercito y Fuerza Aerea Mexicanos EDICIONES ATENEO 1970
- http://www.armytimes.com/issues/stories/0-ARMYPAPER-3469382.php[dead link]
- Army Regulation 670-1, Paragraph 27-3, Section C, Item 3.