Creaking Assault Boots!!

#1
Just got a first set of "Boots Combat Assault". Read up on some past threads about breaking them in, which seems simple enough. But these boots are creaking like a b*stard! Does this go when they are broken in? If not, how can I make them a bit quieter?!

Cheers
 
#2
Why the Army doesn't invest in a good issue boot (based on a civvy hillwalking boot) and give them to every bod (or at the very least the infantry) I will never know. Unfortunately for you pal (I'm assuming you are in training) its going to hurt. Grit your teeth and when you get through training, get a pair of Altbergs.
 
#3
It'll stop when you've worn them for long enough.
 
#4
Try rubbing neatsfoot oil on the boots to loosen the leather up (on the inside only if you need to 'bull' them/both sides if you don't).

Neatsfoot oil availble from most shoe repairers/hardware stores or from Tandy Leather Factory @ £5-98(ish) for 4 oz, Tel; 01604 647910
 
#5
Have a look at the thread on Squeaking Boots, I contacted Meindl direct as I had a squeak/creak with my Mountain boot..... Meindl suggested a good coating of G-Wax to soften the leather.....

Hope this helps......
 
#7
polish them, for a start.

wearing them a lot also helps.
 
#8
In training (afew years ago now) we were told not only to use neats foot oil but also leave them in a bath of luke warm water for afew hours, it softened the leather up a treat.
 
#10
I gave them a thick coat of polish, left it in the cupboard with the boiler over night, then brushed it off in the morning....worked a treat.

I have read a lot about soaking them, but we were told that due to them having cardboard in the sole, if you soak them you end up with bumpy bits where the cardboard goes tits up?
 
#13
Ollie2376,

Thats what removable insoles are for.
 
#14
just put a bit of simple, cheap, nivea hand cream (or anything other- basic, odorfree) inside, directly on leather- around angle and near toes. let it dry overnight, than put it again (just use smaller amount). works fine for me :)
 
#15
I piss in my boots and wear them with sealskins socks, works for me (gotta eally stretch the boots as I have hobbit feet
 
#16
or just wear ear plugs. the creaking will go in no time.
 
#17
Ollie2376 said:
I gave them a thick coat of polish, left it in the cupboard with the boiler over night, then brushed it off in the morning....worked a treat.

I have read a lot about soaking them, but we were told that due to them having cardboard in the sole, if you soak them you end up with bumpy bits where the cardboard goes tits up?
This is a myth, there is no "cardboard" in the sole og CAB's. Soaking them would work fine, personally, i soaked my for about an hour in warm water, took them out and woren them untill dry. After this a thick layer of dubbin and they were as soft as a soft thing.
 
#18
Might have to give my boots a bit of a bath then! The creaking has gone, but still feels like some trickster has filled my boots with barbed wire!! Its going slowly and they fit perfectly, so when broken in they should be alreet
 
#19
Used to soak new issue boots overnight in the tub. Morning drain them, saddle soap them, lace them up and walk them for a Hour or two, then let 'em air dry. Molded to my feet and no more problems
 

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