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N1 Field Shoes (Boondockers)
N1 Field Shoes (Boondockers)

: $259.99

N1 Field Shoe Size*:

Product Description

Commonly called "Boondockers", this was the standard issue combat footwear for United States Marines and sailors in WWII.

These reproductions are exclusive to ATF. Made in the USA, these boots were copied directly from original samples. They feature flesh out leather uppers, 7 pairs of eyelets, Goodyear welt construction, and a "conservation" sole. We specially contracted the soles (and paid a fortune for the molds) to have the correct WWII pattern. The rubber is mixed with chunks of cord just like the WWII versions. Laces are original WWII nylon, from a box dated 1944. They are twice the price of the imported reproductions, but the quality difference is commensurate.

Made in USA

Sizing: These are made by a US military boot contractor so the sizes run true.

: All boots in this first run are D (regular) width. We currently have no plans for other widths due to the immense cost of new sole & heel molds.

Dubbing: US troops in WWII were issued "dubbing" ( a beeswax compound) to help soften and water proof all field shoes and boots. Once the Marine or soldier was sure his shoes fit properly, the next step was to apply dubbing and break them in. The dubbing was to be applied every week or two to maintain some semblance of water repellency. The grease will darken them slightly, as will time, exposure, dirt, etc..
These boots were not worn "raw".

There are several equivalent modern day products, including Huberd's Shoe Grease and Snoseal. (We sell Huberd's.)

Laces: These come with original 40" laces which were standard issue for all field shoes (as well as Army service shoes) in WWII. They do not leave one handfuls of lace to make knots with- they do work, and the military was never hot on troops having "rappelling ropes" swinging from their feet.