I've been out since 2003: issue kit has changed a lot since then. My No 2 son has just joined Cadets: needs a pair of boots. I gave him my (hardly ever worn, issued in 1990-summat) Boots assault from the garage, and the soles literally crumbled to bits in the course of one evening at the Cadet huts!! (Making me a bit doubtful about buying him a pair of Army surplus jobs, I have to say) He's now on Easter camp in a pair of my Boots Combat High (Mk2) - which are still going strong after more years than I can remember - but I want them back. We're now in the market for a pair of decent boots - even if they are lookalikes rather than the real thing - and I'm finding quite a selection online, with no real info on how good/bad they are. Don't want to put him in Magnums (needs a proper boot, IMHO) but equally don't want to shell out more than £40 to £50. Grateful for any advice on: # Recommended makes # Makes to avoid # Good value suppliers We live in the Milton Keynes area, so not instantly able to tootle off to HM Supplies to look at these: Military assault boot | Footwear | HM Supplies- outdoor, military, survival clothing and equipment or these: British Army Mid Leg Boot | Footwear | HM Supplies- outdoor, military, survival clothing and equipment . . and I only know of one nearby store (the excellent Castles in Stony Stratford) that might - just - be able to help. Particularly keen to hear advice from Cadet instructors and parents of Cadets. O - and he's a size 81/2 double-H width fitting: gets away with my old 9mediums, I seem to recall the Assault boot has metric sizing - so fitting advice also welcome Over to you lot.