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Are back seams in combat boots ABSOLUTELY necessary?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by barnaivs, Nov 23, 2012.

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  1. barnaivs

    barnaivs New Member

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    I have a pair of the black corcoran combat boots on amazon, and i noticed that is has this big seam running down the back and to what i understand that is called a "back seam" and that is keeps the boot uppers together.




    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Chloe-Back-Seam-Pull-On-Boot-Boots/prod144600079/

    http://www.amazon.com/Corcoran-Mens-10-Inch-Plain-Sole/dp/B002CWBE4U



    My main question is, even in WW2 boot's there were made with more or less the same pattern, but i want to create my own black combat boots WITHOUT a back seam and instead have the boot upper just one big piece of leather. with the heel cup stitched on with
    no seam or separation in the back of any kind.



    Is this possible? if not please tell me why.


    thank you!
     


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    GBR Distinguished Member

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  3. Jim Profit

    Jim Profit Senior Member

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    Just do a MTO whole cut boot from G&G, Carmina or Vass.
     


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    Wholecuts have a back seam
     


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    FTFY ;)
     
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    This area of the boot takes a lot of stress when pulling on/off etc. The back seam is used as reinforcement to help the leather hold its shape. Without it the boots would quickly become stretched out and baggy in that area. You might be able to line them with a tough breathable fabric to help them hold their shape if you are dead set on no back seam.
     


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    The Corcoran boots in question are properly "Paratrooper" boots. The WWII Combat Boot was something different. It was similar to the old U.S.Army marching shoe with a leather flap above ti that surrounded the leg and was secured by two belts.
     


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    If you want a seamless version of the 1st boot, I think you have to wait until we start genetically engineering boot-shaped cows.
     


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    A real wholecut doesn't have "two ends", I think. Isn't it a single piece of leather that is stretched over the last and sewn to the sole only?
     
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    yes, however it is much shorter then a book and so will require much less stress pulling on and off and also will not have to deal with the roundness of the calf muscle as well. Can you post a photo of the front of this shoe?
     


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    When I kick hippies, I prefer my combat boots to have steel toes and black seams.
     
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