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How do the mucky trades deal with looking after their boots now.

#1
Back in the day when we had the old Boots Combat High, we (VMs) used to have one pair that was for working and another for smart.

The working pair would normally be soaked in whatever fluids you happen to be working with that day, you could never get a shine on them but they were pretty much waterproof because of it. How does it work with the new issue boots that are far more 'tech' based? They must get ruined.
 
#4
Some of the lads thought it was acceptable to rock up on Mon morn pde with their dull, split and wrecked boots on. It didn't take long to make them see the error of their ways.

On a brighter note, new issue boots were panning out the same as the old ones. One pair for booling about in, one pair for best (or at least mon morn pde).
 
#8
Funnily enough its a bang up to date problem in Afghan. The boys have just been turned away from the QMs for an exchange of their boots as they are minging from VMing and De-miling vehicles. Kind of understand the stores point of view, essentially they are just dirty but feck knows how the boys are meant to clean them....
 
#9
Funnily enough its a bang up to date problem in Afghan. The boys have just been turned away from the QMs for an exchange of their boots as they are minging from VMing and De-miling vehicles. Kind of understand the stores point of view, essentially they are just dirty but feck knows how the boys are meant to clean them....
seriously, try fullers earth........... used to get all the crap out my mingers.......used to leave them with a redish tinge but they would polish up ok (not bulled up)
 
#10
No initiative, these young guys.

2 pairs BCH issued.

First pair "highly polished" for use with No. 2s. - Not allowed to "bull" BCH but they still had to look like they were.
Second pair "highly brush polished" for monday morning parades.

Solution was to purchase two extra pairs. One for working, second as spare pair to stow in exercise (crashout) kit

The boots were available from quite a few shops but I always preferred to use my nearest outlet, the man at Q&Ms.

Do you take yellow handbags ?
That will do nicely, sir.

Job jobbed.
 
#11
Back in the day when we had the old Boots Combat High, we (VMs) used to have one pair that was for working and another for smart.

The working pair would normally be soaked in whatever fluids you happen to be working with that day, you could never get a shine on them but they were pretty much waterproof because of it. How does it work with the new issue boots that are far more 'tech' based? They must get ruined.
Every VM, Mtsm, and a quite a few others would satisfy the Risk Assessment that means they are entitled to PPE Safety Boots. You're not going to win any style or fashion awards but they will stop your toes getting hurt when you drop the 3/4" ratchet on them. Also as PPE you can't be billed if you loose them or they get trashed.
 
#12
Remember been on guard once at 26 Regt RA, stood next to my mate larry lamb who was a cockney gunfighter, the ord offr commented how our boots were not as shiny as the gun bunnies with us. "where's your best boots Cfn Lamb?" "I don't really have any best ones sir, these are my diesel boots" "diesel boots??, whatever do u mean?" "Diesel Do"

The whole guard mount, including the ord sgt and ord offr nearly fell about laughing! Quality
 

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#13
Not being funny but the excuse that you can't get a layer of polish on your boots because of the oils/greases is utter bollox.

Matelots only get one pair of steaming bats (steel toe cap boots) for use onboard, they get covered in all manner of shit including oils, greases, AVCAT, diesel, paint, saltwater, acid, floor polish and....Er....shit (if you are a stoker).

Even the mankiest toilet technician marine engineer still manages to make them look presentable when required. Granted you don't wear them with your 1s but they'll still take a layer of shine.
 
#14
No initiative, these young guys.

2 pairs BCH issued.

First pair "highly polished" for use with No. 2s. - Not allowed to "bull" BCH but they still had to look like they were.
Second pair "highly brush polished" for monday morning parades.

Solution was to purchase two extra pairs. One for working, second as spare pair to stow in exercise (crashout) kit

The boots were available from quite a few shops but I always preferred to use my nearest outlet, the man at Q&Ms.

Do you take yellow handbags ?
That will do nicely, sir.

Job jobbed.
You are so right, it is exactly what we did in the old days, never had a problem with any parades.
 
#15
Do get real.
Of course they will take a shine given enough time and work.
Working through the night, fixing the fault at 04:30 in the morning, travelling back to camp and travelling back out to the range at 06:00 after wash, shave, breakfast did not allow time to clean boots etc.
Therefor in some cases, the faults were not fixed until just after the first-parade on the range.
 

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#17
Do get real.
Of course they will take a shine given enough time and work.
Working through the night, fixing the fault at 04:30 in the morning, travelling back to camp and travelling back out to the range at 06:00 after wash, shave, breakfast did not allow time to clean boots etc.
Therefor in some cases, the faults were not fixed until just after the first-parade on the range.
It takes a couple of minutes to brush on some polish, regardless of the amount of oil and crap you have on them. If thousands of sailors can manage to work through the night, watchkeeping, fixing faults and what not, then slap on a layer of polish each morning, then a few VMs can can get their shit in one sock long enough to do the same.

Sounds like people just coming up with gash excuses to get away with looking like a bag of shit.

Oh and just for clarity, my last cap badge before I left the mob was REME, so I'm not speaking entirely out if turn. I have some idea of what goes on.
 
#18
It takes a couple of minutes to brush on some polish, regardless of the amount of oil and crap you have on them. If thousands of sailors can manage to work through the night, watchkeeping, fixing faults and what not, then slap on a layer of polish each morning, then a few VMs can can get their shit in one sock long enough to do the same.

Sounds like people just coming up with gash excuses to get away with looking like a bag of shit.

Oh and just for clarity, my last cap badge before I left the mob was REME, so I'm not speaking entirely out if turn. I have some idea of what goes on.
Errr you are speaking out of turn and you're also showing how out of touch you are. The current crop of boots don't get polished, they get brushed and sponged over as they are like suede....

As for fullers earth, not sure a red tinge on sand coloured boots would be of any use
 
#19
Errr you are speaking out of turn and you're also showing how out of touch you are. The current crop of boots don't get polished, they get brushed and sponged over as they are like suede....

As for fullers earth, not sure a red tinge on sand coloured boots would be of any use
ref the fuller earth on the boots it took off all the base down to the leather and the red was easily polished away after a coat of cherry blossom,, I still use fullers earth on my trainers, karrimore suede and they clean up ok also takes the niff of rotten feet out of them.. long walk on dry sandy beach also seems to take the crap out of them
 

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#20
Errr you are speaking out of turn and you're also showing how out of touch you are. The current crop of boots don't get polished, they get brushed and sponged over as they are like suede....

As for fullers earth, not sure a red tinge on sand coloured boots would be of any use
I was replying to the post regarding old boots and how everyone used to have two pairs you massive underpant.
 

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