Italian gentleman's gaiters, surplus

11.99 USD
Italian gentleman's gaiters, surplus

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Hats off to Italians for trying to keep the gentlemanly side of war alive even in the 60'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! The perfect accessory for your ankle boots.

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Size info

We got these in two sizes; 2 and 3, which we dubbed as "Large" and "Medium". While there's not much difference between them, the 2 is just slightly larger. If you wear size 44 boot or upwards, get 2. If smaller, get 3. But this is just peanuts, you could get either one and it will probably fit just fine.

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Most seemed to be in unissued condition, howevery they are old, so expect some corrosion in the metal parts and such. Many were still paired together with the original factory thread.

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