NI Urban Patrol Boots

#1
Do any of our readers have a pair of these knocking around in the loft? Basically I'm after some decent images that can be used on the wiki.

Mwa! x
 
#2
Circa what year? I have a set of Boot Public Order somewhere (prob in the shed) steely toes/padded tongue outside the boot/non slip/anti acid etc made by tuftrax i think. Are these what you are after?
 
#4
That's the badgers! Soles made of plasticine. A good description will do: toecaps?, smooth or pimples?, number of holes?, sole style? etc.
 
#5
Gotcha, never thought of these uns as Dancing Slippers! Know the ones you mean though. Never wore them too crowy! Have a trawl about through some old photos. DS used to wear them at St Pats.
 

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#6
Argh, the original Addidas high leg sprinters; bloody great bit of kit I got from my Pa; best BFT time I ever did was wearing those
 
#7
I had forgotten all about them. They were very popular compared to DMS and putties, but mine only lasted about 6 months or so.
 
#12
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.
 
#13
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 ?
 
#15
Agreed, no toe caps, nicknamed by some as "Derry Welly's".
 
#16
Thats what i was thinking yeah.

That them, old timers?
Nope, as other say, no toe caps, possibly smoother finish on the leather, I unremember the tread pattern thobut.
Designed to last about a tour.
 
#18
Did they by any chance have a zig-zag type tread on the soles?

Synapse fires(probably wrongly)

Could well be, I seem to remember a pair of boots with that pattern, but then I've worn so many different boot types, its hard to remember.
 
#19
Seem to recall they had a similar tread pattern to DMS but of a lighter sole construction. No toe-caps and lightly pimpled finish to leather. Made to last one tour which is about all they did.
 
#20
Sounds about right, if they're the ones I'm thinking of. Tread lasted about 5 minutes but apart from that, excellent for running in, and hell of a lot better than BCH, IMHO.
 

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