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Buying first set of Non-Issue boots, advise needed

#1
Hi all,

Provided I don't do something silly like break an ankle I will have passed off in just over 2 weeks time and finally able to buy some nice boots. I have my eyes on Lowa's of course but don't know necessarily what is right for me or what is generally considered a good boot.

I did if I'm honest want to buy second hand with plenty of tread on them as a.) They will already be broken in and b.) They are cheaper!

I saw some going on ebay reasonably priced and cheap in varying conditions but the listing said they were 'Unbranded, unlike genuine Lowa's' which put me off as surely they won't be as reliable and quality built as a genuine pair, that said I'm a complete Novice and know nothing about them really other than they are highly regarded throughout the forces.

Any advice/help is appreciated.

Thanks again.

Wayfa
 

Schaden

LE
Book Reviewer
#2
How much do you want to spend and where will you be wearing them and what will you be doing while you're wearing them?
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#3
Don't bother buying gucci boots until at your unit. Even then, they may not be happy with you wearing them.

It's called a "uniform" for a reason.
 
#4
Hi Schaden,

Thanks for speedy reply. I don't really have a limit on how much to spend as I see it as an investment over time, as for where, only here in the UK so temperate environment, I won't be doing any excessive tabbing like the specials or infantry lads as I am in the signals but do foresee a few trips over Brecon to do some map reading with my friend who is an ex-reg and ex-special so I'd imagine he will drag me through my paces. Just a general purpose boot I'd imagine.

ps. PrinceAlbert, just seen your reply. I won't be buying anything until back at my unit, I'm just doing my research in advance really, and they are commonplace back at my unit, most the lads there take the piss out of my issue boots!
 
#7
Good advice from Prince Albert - quite apart from the 'uniform' reason and whether or not you'll be allowed to mince about in them, bear in mind that the 'new' boot, a brown job, is soon to be issued. If you go and spunk all your hard earned dosh on some ally black ones, you will rue the day!
 

Schaden

LE
Book Reviewer
#8
What the Prince said - if i was you I'd break in two pairs of issue boots - wear them on alternate days for 6 months and after that then decide if you want buy some non-issue boots - get insoles and wear two pairs of wool socks and you'll be fine - make sure you measure your feet and get boots that really fit well.
 
#9
Make sure you try them all as it is personal choice.

I have Lowa mountain boots. I love them. Most of my Trekkie mates use custom made Altbergs.
 
#10
Don't buy second-hand boots, they'll be broken in to suit someone elses feet not yours. There's also the risk of catching whatever manky fungal foot infection the previous wearer had.
Save your money, see what the switched on blokes at your new unit are wearing ................then buy yourself a nice shiny new pair of Lowa Supercamps.
 
#11
Hi all,

Think you made a very good point about the new kit and the new issue boots, however being a stab as they say, I'm not optimistic that we are going to see the damn stuff anytime soon. Thanks for all advice, I'll have a read through the sticky thread also.
 
#12
Hang on, I've just noticed that you joining the Bleeps - in which case all you'll need is some comfy slippers.

Edited to add: Oh Christ! And a STAB too........ I've got some old DMS if you want 'em.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#13
Hi all,

Think you made a very good point about the new kit and the new issue boots, however being a stab as they say, I'm not optimistic that we are going to see the damn stuff anytime soon. Thanks for all advice, I'll have a read through the sticky thread also.
Oh, you're a STAB. Buy these:

 
#16
Hang on, I've just noticed that you joining the Bleeps - in which case all you'll need is some comfy slippers.

Edited to add: Oh Christ! And a STAB too........ I've got some old DMS if you want 'em.
Or a pair of Hush Puppies like this scalley Officer wore to RMAS a few years ago.

http://www.arrse.co.uk/royal-signals/69033-standards-royal-signals-officers.html

Wayfarer - all you will need in the signals is a big brew mug and a peg for the end of your nose so you sound suitably nasal whilst muttering " No, can't do it, not my job Guv".
 
#17
Starting to think I have the wrong cap badge! My close friend is an ex-reg who did an attachment to specials and he reckoned Signal's were great, hence why I joined. Last place I want to end up at on an Op-Tour is stuck at a HQ, I'd at the very least want to be operating from a FOB.
 
#19
Starting to think I have the wrong cap badge! My close friend is an ex-reg who did an attachment to specials and he reckoned Signal's were great, hence why I joined. Last place I want to end up at on an Op-Tour is stuck at a HQ, I'd at the very least want to be operating from a FOB.
Well, I'd suggest you join the Infantry or Yeomanry then - Unless I am mistaken, there is not a great need for TA sigs to be mobilised ( and I doubt you ever see a FOB if you are). The Infantry and Yeo on the other hand have folks mobilised constantly.

You really need to find out what the "bleeps" actually do. A hint ...... if you ask the fat, wheezy, dog breathed, zit covered nerd with coke bottle specs, the one that carry's the team drinks, who he thinks the coolest kid in school is and he will probably reply "Me, cos I want to join the Royal Signals when I grow up".

Things getting clearer for you?
 
#20
What's you're view on Artillery or Engineers? I want something that I can develop both a trade and combat skills in ideally. As I haven't yet done my trade training, it's not too late for me to move around.
 

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