How Boots Changed the Path of War Forever


Trench foot, a condition caused by long periods of wet and cold feet, was one of the most significant health problems that took its toll on soldiers during World War I. This condition affected several troops and even killed more than 70,000 soldiers. As such, medical authorities during World War I successfully prevented it by recommending that men be provided with protective footwear and greases.

The battlefield is undoubtedly a dangerous and scary place. Although soldiers defend their country with passion, they need all available resources to minimize exposure to risk. Ideally, a good pair of combat boots can significantly help protect soldiers’ feet from injury.

Military boots were designed to have steel plates inside the soles to prevent sharp objects from entering from below. In addition, the boots have a reinforced toe that helps the foot not to crush under the impact of falling materials.

Trench foot seen on an unidentified soldier during the First World War.

Combat boots are intended to be worn by military troops during combat training. Combat boots have changed significantly over the years. They are comfortable, efficient and durable, allowing soldiers to operate safely and effectively in the harsh terrain and environments they constantly find themselves in.

The military boot was developed to increase comfort for soldiers to perform better at their level and to accommodate several potential environments beyond the desert. As combat circumstances and environments change over time, the guarantee of new and constantly refined versions of military footwear also changes.

Troops certainly wear all sorts of gear, but most people don’t consider the importance of footwear. The focus is usually on heavy equipment such as ammunition and firearms, first aid equipment, body armor and vests, radios and firearms.

Boots have improved the path of war by allowing soldiers to perform more easily and efficiently in the field by providing the greatest comfort to soldiers. At the same time, soldiers are used to being on foot all the time, and when in real combat, they can run non-stop for days. It is therefore essential to have a comfortable pair of boots that they can rely on for more than 24 hours.

How Boots Changed the Path of War Forever
Special Services Office. (09/03/1943 – 15/09/1945)

Soldiers need shoes with great arch and ankle support and a good midsole. In addition, combat boots must effectively absorb the impact triggered by every movement made, whether standing, running or walking, and distribute the weight effectively to avoid making soldiers’ feet sore and painful.

Thanks to military boots, soldiers can now protect their feet from cold and heat. When in cold environments, the boots keep soldiers’ feet warm and prevent them from getting frostbite. On the other hand, the boots improve the breathability of the foot in hot environments.

Military boots do not overheat, protecting soldiers’ feet from profuse sweat and blisters. In addition, feet need to be dry and boots have been designed to address this, as there are many health risks associated with running with wet feet.


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