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Vietnam Era US Army/USMC DMS Spike Protective Jungle Boots w/Panama Sole - Dated 1968 NEW OLD STOCK Size 11N
Item Spec: These are Vietnam Era US Army/USMC DMS Spike Protective Jungle Boots w/Panama Soles SIZE 11N. These boots are in Unissued New Condition. They have never been laced. Included is the original issued lacing with the original Instruction for Usage pamphlet. They are all Contract Dated 1968. The darkness of the markings vary from pair to pair.
Item Condition: Unissued condition pair of 1968 dated U.S. Jungle Boots in SIZE 11 Narrow manufactured by the Hi-Pals Footwear Co. Panama Soles measure approximately 11 3/4" in length and 3 7/8" in width at the widest point. Complete with ventilating insoles. Little to NO or Very light storage wear but excellent overall.
Item History: The 1968 version of the tropical combat boot retained the integral spike resistant steel insole of its predecessor, but featured mud shedding "Panama" out-soles, rather than the traditional Vibram design. The Panama sole was conceived by Sgt Raymond Dobie of the Panama Mobile Force, under the supervision of Cresson H. Kearny, in early 1944, though it was not officially tested until 1967.1 The clever design utilized the flexing of the foot to create pressure that squeezed the mud out of the tread, thereby significantly improving traction.