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post #15886 of 18632
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Originally Posted by roytonboy View Post
 

 

I seem to recall that the term 'commando boots' referred to the type of sole. At one time British Army boots had leather soles with hobnails, whereas those worn by the Royal Marines had thick rubber soles with plenty of 'grip'- hence the distinction 'commando'. Possibly something to do with hobnails sliding about on ships' decks and steps? Boots with this type of sole were said to have 'commando' soles which became shortened to commando boots, whether they were military surplus or not.

I agree with your description of "commando boots",they weren't military boots and those big chunky rubber soles were screwed on.

I do remember lads wearing ex army boots with leather soles and hobnails in,this would have been in 69 I think,they were kids about 2 years older than me so 13 or 14 in 69.

BTW theres  an advert for a high leg version in Spirit of 69,but it must be from later because the boots were £15.99

post #15887 of 18632

We were wearing cherry red high leg commando boots in 67 and 68 (some steel cap / some not) before Dr martins came in in 69.  I have written about this many pages back.

 

The first DMs we see/bought were low leg 6 or 8 hole and were a brownish colour and we used 'dubbing' to preserve the leather.  They were very expensive at around £7 a pair as opposed to the commando boots at around £3 a pair.  the DM boots looked great with Levi jeans or Sta Prest or Jungle Greens

 

On the building sites the DMs only lasted a year especially splitting between the sole and the side.  The commandos were far more durable but you had to look the part at that age even at work on site

 

I have worn DMs for 45 years including all leg heights, shoes and dealers and unfortunately I would not waste my money on them now when the few pairs I have left have worn out.  they are over priced and do not break in like the used to.  I bought a pair of DM shoes a few years back and they gave me the worst blisters that I have ever experienced and ended up throwing them in the dustbin

 

When I visit site I tend now to wear standard issue H&S boots and shoes that although nothing to write home about regarding looks but are really comfortable.  -  Talk about showing your age - from wearing on site what looks the part to wearing on site what is comfy !!

post #15888 of 18632
As stated before,Black Commando Boots-with Greens pre DMs.


In the Plaza(Sunday Nights) you were allowed Jeans,which I wore occasionally,but not Boots.The Pub was somewhere where you met up,before you went elsewhere,so a Suit or Semi- Smart was in order. smile.gif
post #15889 of 18632
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post
 

I have mentioned this podcast before and having now listened to it myself I thought I would put up the link again:

 

http://wearethemods.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-14T08_59_45-07_00

 

The interview with Gill Evans starts just around 1hr 23mins in and lasts about half an hour.  It's fascinating stuff and definitely reveals a continental influence, mixed with a good dose of Britishness.

Mr Knightley,I listened to ( some ) of this,I didn't like the talking or the music in the first 10 minutes,so I went onto 1hr 23mins.....what a charming lady,she spoke so well and was still so enthusiastic about the subject,the downside to me was the idiotic comments from  the "interviewer",why don't clowns like this pipe down and let the person being interviewed talk ?

I think that it would be so interesting to hear that lady interviewed properly and to answer selected questions from a wider audience,I thought that it was great that she and her husband were doing their own thing before they became aware of Mods in their area.....thank you for providing the link.

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I was looking for overcoats on ebay. I came across these, from a company in London for £50 a pop. Apparently they're 80% Wool, 20% Polyester(yuck) and 5% Cashmere. They look like the sort of thing they used to knock out down the market. I'm definitely not going to risk a nifty on one. They do look alright from afar though.

post #15891 of 18632
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Originally Posted by davichan View Post

these are fantastic set of Royals.



http://britboot.co.uk/engine/shop/product/CL04/Loake+-+Royal+Brogue+with+Leather+Sole+%28Oxblood%29

 



I like how the photo group includes seggs.

Hull 1973/4 in my little circle, brouges where black - DMs where Ox blood.
post #15892 of 18632

good info,Last I read a few months ago Jerry wants nothing to do with it.thanks for your sharing

oJCMU1

post #15893 of 18632

A question for the originals here: Is this similar to the sheepskins you wore or did they have open pockets (without flaps)?

post #15894 of 18632
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Originally Posted by roytonboy View Post

I seem to recall that the term 'commando boots' referred to the type of sole. At one time British Army boots had leather soles with hobnails, whereas those worn by the Royal Marines had thick rubber soles with plenty of 'grip'- hence the distinction 'commando'. Possibly something to do with hobnails sliding about on ships' decks and steps? Boots with this type of sole were said to have 'commando' soles which became shortened to commando boots, whether they were military surplus or not.

Which, as you can see, my boots do not have. That's why I made my point about the labelling we used to see in some shops.
post #15895 of 18632
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Originally Posted by sky burial View Post

A question for the originals here: Is this similar to the sheepskins you wore or did they have open pockets (without flaps)?


Mine had slanted pockets.



It's about as short as you could get away with and still be considered fashionable - the slightly longer ones carried more kudos. I don't recall any particular 'rule' about the style of pockets. More important was the medium tan colour, the single-breasted cut, and the white fleece reverse.

Slant pockets were handy for striking a casual pose, I guess.
post #15896 of 18632
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Originally Posted by sky burial View Post

A question for the originals here: Is this similar to the sheepskins you wore or did they have open pockets (without flaps)?


They were were mainly slanted Pockets.The real McCoy was a Sheepskin that went to your calf.These were rare,can only remember seeing maybe one or two.
post #15897 of 18632
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Originally Posted by sky burial View Post

A question for the originals here: Is this similar to the sheepskins you wore or did they have open pockets (without flaps)?

I think that fastens (in the UK) the woman's way - it looks a tad 'girlie', to me. Sorry. shog[1].gif
post #15898 of 18632
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Originally Posted by sky burial View Post
 

A questionarrow-10x10.png for the originals here: Is this similar to the sheepskins you wore or did they have open pockets (without flaps)?

Its similar - The colour is too light, the pockets did not have flaps and were slanted and the collar seems a bit wide.

 

The ones we wore in my area at the time were from Harry Fentons at £35 - a fortune back then equal to around £700 now

 

Ours were 3/4 length - just above the knee.  I never took mine off for fear of it being nicked and even wore it in the summer.  It lasted for some 20 odd years before finally falling to bits after several tailored repairs.  an item of clothing fondly remembered.

 

I also ad a black one I bought off a mate in around 71 that ended up being used for work

 

Great coats

post #15899 of 18632
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post
 

We were wearing cherry red high leg commando boots in 67 and 68 (some steel cap / some not) before Dr martins came in in 69.  I have written about this many pages back.

 

The first DMs we see/bought were low leg 6 or 8 hole and were a brownish colour and we used 'dubbing' to preserve the leather.  They were very expensive at around £7 a pair as opposed to the commando boots at around £3 a pair.  the DM boots looked great with Levi jeans or Sta Prest or Jungle Greens

 

On the building sites the DMs only lasted a year especially splitting between the sole and the side.  The commandos were far more durable but you had to look the part at that age even at work on site

 

I have worn DMs for 45 years including all leg heights, shoes and dealers and unfortunately I would not waste my money on them now when the few pairs I have left have worn out.  they are over priced and do not break in like the used to.  I bought a pair of DM shoes a few years back and they gave me the worst blisters that I have ever experienced and ended up throwing them in the dustbin

 

When I visit site I tend now to wear standard issue H&S boots and shoes that although nothing to write home about regarding looks but are really comfortable.  -  Talk about showing your age - from wearing on site what looks the part to wearing on site what is comfy !!

Red Wings are the answer .

post #15900 of 18632
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Originally Posted by flyfronted View Post
 

Red Wings are the answer .


Thanks - just Googled them - Good looking boots c/w prices to match !!

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