Italian gaiters, canvas, short, surplus
Hats off to Italians for trying to keep the gentlemanly side of war alive even in the 70's, as is evident from these gaiters that would have been right at home in the trenches of the Great War or at least in the Second Act. Cotton, steel, laces, straps, fiddly donning, these have it all, but there's a twist: the mouth of the shaft is made of nylon for that "modern" touch! The perfect accessory for your ankle boots.
Back in the old days the main combination of a soldier's footwear was an ankle boot and a gaiter of various styles. These Italian gaiters from the post-war years look much like the US M-1938 leggings, but are arguably a bit handier to use. Does the job; protects the lower leg, keeps dirt off your boot, provides some degree of water resistance.
Made of very thick canvas, steel hooks, thick laces, nylon understrap and a little hook at the front to attach to the boot lace. Edges trimmed with leather. Remember to wear these with the hooks facing outwards, or you'll risk getting tripped on them. At least by failing once at this you will learn.
These do come in different sizes, however looks like we only got "Size 2". This probably fits most people. The Italians use a reverse system where size 4 is the smallest and size 1 the biggest. Go figure. Size 2 is probably meant for 44-45 shoe, but of course this all depends on the boot model too.
Italian army surplus
Most seemed to be in unissued condition, howevery they are old, so expect some corrosion in the metal parts and some "sun tan" on the nylon. Many were still paired together with the original factory thread.
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Petri L. 07.03.2018 (Edited 07.03.2018)
Miguel d. 20.03.2018
Martin J. 30.05.2018