Soviet officer's jackboots with leather sole, surplus
Soviet officer's service boots. Thick, strong "Russia leather", very special stuff in these parts. Full leather, including soles! Well OK, some have rubber tap heels. Very random availability. Two grades depending on the condition.
Nailed-on soles, leather lining on the inside of the shaft. The last is actually shaped like the human foot, it's not pointy or nasty or anything. Nice. The leather used on the uppers is, according to Wikipedia, the "Yalovka" type, which is the fancier style of the special Russian leathers. It certainly feels pretty damn solid. Build quality is Russian, i.e. not very pretty on the small details, but functional.
Keep them in shape with polish and grease. Pay extra attention to crevices when servicing. The leather sole can be treated with tar if you are really into it, or just walked flat and then replaced with a rubber slab for that modernist touch.
Sizes in the EU/French system with Soviet size in the brackets (suitable foot length in millimetres), and run large enough for a pair of footwraps or woolen socks, but not exactly oversized winter boots.
Here's a litte chart with comparable US and UK sizes.
|Russian/EU size||US size||UK size|
We have sorted these to two categories: unissued and used.
Just as the name says; these haven't been really used, might have been tried on at worst. Of course being old, these have been thrown around warehouses so they're not "new".
In serviceable, used condition. These have seen some miles but are intact. Expect scrapes and somewhat worn soles.
A great, properly made tall leather boot for those in search for a pair. A lot of boot for the money, and although a bit expensive for a surplus item, very cheap for what they are. Go on, check what a pair of new-made leather boots with similar features cost, if you can find any.
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Henri L. Varusteleka employee 27.09.2018
Varustelekan henkilökuntaan kuuluvana asiana mun mielipiteeni voi olla puolueellinen, mutta nää on oikeesti tosi päheet vanhan ajan nahkasaappaat, jos nahkasaappaista tykkäät. Joo, SA saappaat ovat toki toistaiseksi halvemmat, mutteivät yhtään niin eksoottiset. Sitä paitsi näiden nahka on parempaa.