Originally Posted by mainy
hope you sent those back to get resoled by the original maker, i think it would be worth it
Sadly, Lotus went bust a couple of decades ago and I think they'd stopped making these a while before that as more and more people were buying rubber wellies instead of "guaranteed waterproof" veldtschoen footwear that was much more expensive. Good blog on Lotus and their veldtschoens here by a friend of mine.
There are some competent cobblers out there who are up to the job, just not got round to having them done as I've a bit of a magpie instinct when it comes to veldtschoen boots and I'm in no danger of ever wearing out the pairs that I own. One day I'll summon up the bollocks to shift some of them and treat myself to something nice...
Originally Posted by comrade
My Dad, who was in the 8th Air Force based in England during W.W 2, came back with a pair of veltdschoen which he wore in the snow in New York,
where we lived ,for the next 40+ years. I understand that it was not uncommon to adopt items from other armed forces uniforms and wear them with one's
own uniform. For my Dad, this also included a pair of Jodphur boots and a trench coat, also probably British. The latter had numerous holes in it
caused by a nearby incendiary bomb hit and a souvenier more than a coat to be worn.
I think veldt shoes were issued to officers, and the boots were private purchase although I'm open to being corrected on that. I bet the shoes were still going strong 40 years on, no?
I'd definitely not want to part with that trench coat!