Vintage Work Hunting Boots. Unknown Maker. Goodyear Lugged Sole

vintage US Army Snowshoe skiing boots

Very cool old boots, unfortunately I don’t know who made ’em. Quality on par with any Danner or Red Wing make or model. 7.5 in high shaft. Unique vamp construction minimizes seems. Eyelet and hook lace up. Goodyear lugged soles the America equivalent of Vibram. Lined uppers and thick felted wool insoles suggest they were intended for colder weather use.

UPDATE: Reader comments have identified these as “US Army issue Ski/Mountain boots. The original design is by Chippewa, but several manufacturers produced them over the years. The squared toe and grooved heel are for the ski bindings.”

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2 thoughts on “Vintage Work Hunting Boots. Unknown Maker. Goodyear Lugged Sole

  1. The boots are US Army issue Ski/Mountain boots. The original design is by Chippewa, but several manufacturers produced them over the years. The squared toe and grooved heel are for the ski bindings.

    1. Bruce, thanks so much for the comment. That makes complete sense! I’ve come across many old leather ski boots with groves in the heels and square toes for bindings, but did not put two and two together on these. Given the shaft height and lugged soles, they’re a little less obvious as ski boots, but probably a pretty good dual purpose boot.
      Thanks again for the info. Always appreciated.

      Rob

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