German Jack BootsGerman boots Discussions on other historical eras. A few years ago, I bought a pair of E. German boots from one of those catalogs. Unfortunately it's impossible to find boots to fit bootss giant feet in Euro sizes, so I can't try them on and find out. My question is this
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German boots Discussions on other historical eras. A few years ago, I bought a pair of E. German boots from one of those catalogs. Unfortunately it's impossible to find boots to fit my giant feet in Euro sizes, so I can't try them on and find out.
My question is this I've worn these on and off for many years now as motorcycle wear, although the supply of good condition ones in the West is fast drying up.
No, they are not uncomfortable, quite the reverse, as long as they take a "set" to your feet. What you DO find is that they're narrower in the leg than wartime "feldshue" so when you buy a size that actually lets your foot down the neck of the boot, the "foot" is far too big! Often ones Ive purchased have come with a plastic sort of mesh insert like a VERY thick Odoreater LMAO that doesn't squash but takes up extra room, and a thick pair of socks work wonders.
I've never tried a "Russian sock", the triangular cloth folded around the foot, but I assume this would work fine. The leather itself will harden too if it's not already, and once in that condition is resistant to any sort of leather food or dubbin or wax treatment. Instead I've been able to work wonders with an occasional brushing with baby oil!!! The rubber sole is quite wear resistant, but the heels are not, and eventually you develop a very "down-at-heel" stance as they tend to wear on the outside edge more than the inside!
I'm suprised you didn't find what you needed, as I've always been able to find a Euro size 44 or bigger that suits my British size elevens, given the problem with actually getting a larger foot into the items as described above.
As for encouraging them to take a "set" the British Army trick works well on them. Drink copious amounts of beer, wait an hour The urea reacts with whatever chemicals have been used in the tanning process for the leather for these to temporarily soften them and allow them to reshape to your foot I'll be on the lookout for bigger sizes then.
Start feeding the leather ASAP, it hardens progressively with age and becomes nearly iron-hard. Only problem is they tend to squeak when you walk. However, I have only worn them with East German uniform for photos for my militaria collection I do not have mannequins for that and not everyday thing. I see them cheaper on German Ebay but it all depends on the size you need as larger sizes are rarer and more expensive http: Where's the best place to buy a pair of these, I really want some but I have no idea where to get them from?
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