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Catalog Number 1996.232.002
Description WWII Military Boots, c. 1942-1945. The brown boots(A-B) are made of leather and stitched with a line surrounding the top of the strap line. The front of the boots where the toes line up is shaped round with its width as medium. Toward the middle of each boot, they have a brown leather strap with holes connected to a metal belt loop in the middle. In front of the boot is the vamp which is the portion of the boot's upper that covers the front of the shoe. The part of the vamp is shaped like a triangle and is underneath the brown leather strap with holes. The vamp is connected to the outsole, which is made of heavy duty leather with a light brown color and covers the majority of the bottom of the boot. At the bottom of the boot, the outsole is connected to the welt, which is a stitched seam that attaches the upper portion of the boot to the outsole, and is made of rubber. The welt has markings along the outside and is tinted. At the back of the boot is the heel cap, which is made of leather and connects to the leather outsole and welt in the front. The heel cap is round in the back and surrounds the heel making it easier to walk for traction.
Object Name Boot
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title WWII Military Boots, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Provenance Belonged to uncle of donor's husband, Ken Bogel.
Notes "During World War II, many items were rationed in the United States, including shoes. Due to the serious rubber shortage…footwear made of rubber or with rubber soles was rationed or unavailable. Also, the military had a high need for leather, not just for shoes and combat boots but for those popular leather flight jackets. As a result, civilians made do with less.

Starting September 30, 1942, men's rubber boots and rubber work shoes were placed under rationing. To obtain a new pair, a man had to apply to the local ration board, prove he needed the shoes for essential industry-not for sport-and turn in the old pair. Galoshes and overshoes were not rationed because they used less crude rubber, but sportsmen couldn't get boots, and sneakers were no longer produced.

On February 7, 1943, the United States instituted rationing of leather shoes. Each man, woman, and child could purchase up to three pairs of leather shoes a year, using designated stamps in War Ration Book One, and later in Books Three and Four. To simplify the system, only six shades of leather were produced. However, the supply of leather continued to decrease. On March 20, 1944, the ration was reduced to two pairs of leather shoes per year. Shoe rationing continued until October 30, 1945." []

Dimensions H-11 W-12 D-0.125 inches
Search Terms Boots
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Boots
World War II