British RAF ankle boots, WW2 era
A pair of Second World War RAF service boots with hobnailed soles. Quite like the classic Ammo Boot, but without external toe cap and nice brown in colour. In beautiful condition, still completely serviceable! One-off pair, naturally.
Made entirely of leather, including the sole, which is banged full of hobnails to protect it from wear. People serving in ammo depots and warehouses where hobnails would be a spark risk were issued plain soled boots. This would mean the pair in question is meant for those more closely in contact with the enemy. Boots tend to be used up and thrown away, but these were lucky to have survived to this day.
What about the markings? Oh yes! You can just see the War Department "Broad Arrow" mark on the shaft. Peeking inside, the sole states "John White - 1940 - Rushden". John White still makes quality shoes, but not for military anymore.
British size 11. That's about 45-46 in EU/French system.
In superb condition, but the laces are modern. Very lightly used, there's just some old grass between the hobnails. The leather is still very supple and completely up to the task, should these have to fend off another German invasion.
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