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Desert Boots

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Desert Boots

Current issue boot manufactured by Iturri for British Forces

The introduction of specialised footwear for use in a desert environment (by the British) was surprisingly late. Boots modelled on a US jungle boot design were introduced during the Gulf War of 1990-1. Prior to this, desert boots were either privately purchased or LPO'd by specialist units.

The John White Company produced a classic boot in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Essentially a suede DMS design, this boot remained the 'Rolls Royce' of desert boots until the advent of more modern materials in the 1990s rendered it obsolete.

The Clarks Desert Boot was also issued to units in the Middle East Land Forces (MELF) area including THEM during the 1960s and '70s. During Operation CORPORATE Clarks sent a consignment of their dessies down to Ascension Island for the benefit of the crabs and few Army working there.