Previously used almost exclusively by the Royal Artillery, this boot was made for many other regiments when war broke out in 1939. The three straps fasten the leg over a folded “bellows” tongue, a piece of whalebone being sewn into the front of the boot to prevent gaping. These straps, together with the laced throat, enable the boot to be put on or taken off quickly and easily. For those with a large calf, its advantages are obvious. As the boot may be used for marching the sole is made slightly curved from the back to front to give increased comfort on long marches. For the civilian, it makes a workmanlike field boot for either riding or walking.
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