Ever wonder what a Jungle Boot is and how they came to be used? Here’s the scoop:
Before WW II, the United States armed forces fought in a number of battles in jungle terrain. Jungle conditions involve constant exposure to water, sand, heat, insects, and infections and soldiers were not equipped to deal with this type of environment.. Boots were needed to be lightweight, durable, and quick drying.
The first jungle boots were made of canvas and rubber, used in the South Pacific during World War II. The first jungle boot went into production in 1942, to try to meet the needs for soldiers fighting in the pacific. It had a canvas upper and an attached tongue that kept out mud and insects. The ribbed rubber sole had good traction while a removable fabric insole kept the feet away from the rubber. At a later date, “panama sole” and “ridge sole” variations of the jungle boot were made.
The original jungle boot was lightweight and kept the feet and lower legs comfortable. It was easily cleaned and dried. However, it offered little support, causing soldiers to complain about of aching arches. The high canvas tops chafed at the legs, so it was common for soldiers to fold them over or cut them off. The boots were better than the standard military combat boot but still needed some improvements.
Since the 40’s, the jungle boot has come a long way. quality and fit have been majorly improved as well as cushion and support. While jungle boots have been retired amongst American military personnel, they continue to be a popular choice for army personnel across the world. Jungle boots have even resurfaced as a popular fashion item. They are often referred to as “broes” and “brogaines.”