Originally Posted by CTBrummie
Continuing on from the above McAfee shoes, Alan McAfee balmoral boots (made by C&J most likely, one of several Northampton makers who made RTW shoes and boots for them) from some time pre-Church's buyout:
Edward Green veldtschoen boots, the ancestor of the Galway, from around the '60s by EG's own estimation:
And two pairs of the ancestor of the boot above, Lotus's famous '263' veldtschoen boot. Both dating from the '40s, the rear pair belonged to a Czech officer who fought with the British Army in WW2. His boots are still my ultimate footwear for anything extreme:
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.