As I recall they were a quite smooth grain without toe caps. We were issued with them on my second tour in Crossmaglen in 74/75. On the same tour, I gave mine to a mate who for some reason had mislaid his and I stagged on with DMS and black puttee's.
RGJbloke you're right. The Boots, Patrol, Urban, NI (or whatever they were called) didn't have toe caps. I did my NI experience in the very early eighties and was issued with a pair but as we were down in the same area as you mention we weren't allowed to wear them. The ground was considered too rough and wet. Best option for a wet, rural patrol was wellies but with puttees wrapped around your ankles inside them. Other than that, good old DMS !
Does anyone remember the GNATs; galoshers, non-attributable tread ?