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Finnish army leather jackboots. Getting hold of surplus leather jackboots is getting increasingly difficult these days. Used, abused, serviced when necessary. All good to go! Some boots are in unissued condition, these are listed separately: get them if they're your size!
The Finnish army has emptied stocks of used boots, but we found these elsewhere, of course for a higher price tag. Well, take it or leave it, these are still pretty cheap for what they are. No more will be made, and the prices will definitely not decrease.
The FDF jackboot is a very typical, well made and hard wearing example of its kind. These were on issue for a very, very long time, but some years ago released to the open market. Now they're getting increasingly difficult to get hold of, especially in popular sizes.
As said, the model is very basic: leather uppers with a leather sole and rubber outsole & heel piece. All put together with a clear example of a Goodyear welt. The leather in the boots is thick and of excellent quality, the stitches are made with strong thread, not some thin polyester string. Although they make pretty good boots today too, the craftsmen sure did make them tough in the old days and being surplus, these are pretty damn affordable for boots that will last a long time.
These are compatible with the old school ski bindings, by the way.
Sizes in the normal French (EU) system. These are designed to be used with footwraps or thick double woollen socks, so we suggest sticking to your actual size. If you plan to use these in extreme cold, take a size bigger to allow for a third layer of extra socks. In addition, the last is quite wide, as in all Finnish army footwear.
We heartily recommend Jalas FX2 insoles to go with these, they make a world of difference with these to people used to modern shoeware. Pick the same size as the boots. Conveniently, the measured lengths of the Jalas insoles gives some indication of the inside lengths of the boots themselves (the total inside length, remember to leave some room for your toes if you were already ordering by these numbers):
In used condition, but sometimes we get unissued boots from other sources (these are very rare nowadays!). On the used boots the part that takes most of the punishment, the sole, is repaired when necessary before these were put away. These came to us as they would have been issued to the troops in a real SHTF situation, so these are combat ready by the Finnish army specs! This means they may not be pretty at all, but are fit for purpose.
Made by Finnish army contractors, like Sievi, Jalas and some obscure company called no less than KKK. Probably some others too.
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