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Posts Tagged ‘boots’

Introducing Reebok Military Boots!

As many of you may already know, the very popular line of Converse boots has been discontinued. No need to worry, though, Reebok will carry boots that are very similar to the discontinued Converse styles so if you had a favorite Converse boot, make sure to take a look at the new Reebok boots!

Reebok Women's Rapid Response Side Zip Boot Reebok will carry various different styles of boots including military boots, tactical boots, and uniform boots for law enforcement officers, EMT’s, and security guards. Some of my favorite styles include the Reebok Rapid Response Military Boot featuring a composite toe boot that is airport friendly, lightweight, and protects your foot like the comparable steel toe boots.Reebok Men's Rapid Response Side Zip Composite Toe Boot

There is also a comparable version of the men’s rapid response boot for women. The Women’s Rapid Response Boot features many of the same characteristics as the men’s boot including being airport friendly and having a convenient side zipper. There are many other Reebok boots available at Harry’s, take a look and order a pair today!

 

5 Tips on How to Keep Feet Dry this Winter

Feet sweat. It’s a fact of life. It’s normal. Nevertheless, you want to try to keep your feet as dry as you can. Damp sweaty feet are not just uncomfortable, they can lead to problems such as Athlete’s Foot and painful sores. Excessive moisture in socks and boots combined with body heat creates the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, bacteria that can cause nasty foot odors or even Athlete’s Foot. Too much dampness in socks can cause feet to slide around in boots, causing blisters and painful callouses to develop. Luckily, your team at Harry’s Army Surplus has scrounged up some good intel on quick, easy ways to combat the sweat!

  1. Wash Feet Daily. Give the dogs a good scrubbing every day with some antibacterial soap. Wash twice daily if sweat is excessive.
  2. Dry Feet Completely. Really get in there, dry in between those toes. Don’t skip this step! You don’t wanWigwam Sockst to bring any moisture into your boots. Use a hairdryer on a cool setting if needed.
  3. Use Foot Powder. Sprinkle on the bottoms of feet and in between toes. There are a lot of choices out there, but we don’t recommend cornstarch based powders; when they get moist, they can gum up and leave a gross paste in your toes. Harry’s has military grade foot powder available in store. Drug stores have good options, such as Gold Bond or Dr. Scholl’s.
  4.  Chose The Right Sock. Don’t go for cotton. Cotton will absorb sweat like a sponge and keep it trapped on your foot. You’ll want a good wool sock or synthetic moisture wicking material. Wigwam makes some wonderful socks that we love.
  5. Let Boots Dry. Boots and shoes need at least 24 hours to sufficiently dry out. Rotate your footwear and don’t wear the same boots 2 days in a row, if you do your boots will never dry and will get really funky fast.

With winter coming up fast, this information is just as valuable as in the hot summer. Dry feet are happy, warm feet. Wet feet trap cold, giving rise to cold weather injuries like frostbite. Come visit Harry’s Army Surplus and keep those feet dry and comfy!

5 Awesome Uses For Paracord

Paracord, 550 cord, whatever you want to call it is amazing! This survival cord is so versatile, you can use it for just about anything. You can use the cord whole, or pull the strands out of the sheath and use separately. There are dozens of uses for this military cord.  Here are a few of our favorites.Paracord

  • Gear lashing/tie down
  • Tent/shelter building
  • Boot laces
  • Fishing
  • Sewing/repairs

What are some of your favorite uses for paracord? Leave a comment and let us know! Harry’s Army Surplus has paracord in many different colors and patterns in both nylon and polyester. Come on in and check it out, or visit us online!

The Importance of Supportive Boots

Ever ask yourself “why do my feet hurt at the end of the day?” Or wonder “why do I have back pain after a day on the job?”  Have you ever wondered why, even when your shoes feel soft and cushy you still aren’t comfortable after being on your feet for long periods of time?  It’s a common misconception that good shoes or boots are soft and full of cushion. The truth is that in order to stay comfortable, your body needs support.  With tennis shoes and cheaper, soft footwear, you don’t get the support your body needs. On top of that, many boot stores are lined with thick carpet (this makes anything feel better) and  salespeople are more concerned about making a sale than making sure you are just as happy at the end of the day as you are at the beginning. I learned this the hard way.

A year ago now, I was in the market for some new shoes. I went shopping around, and as many people do, I was looking for the coolest looking boots, not even considering comfort too much.  Now I am a younger man, but I already have a herniated disc in my back and Patellofemoral Syndrome in my knee. Despite this I never realized how much the right boots can reduce back pain. In any case, I purchased “X” shoes that appeared to be “comfortable” (in other words cushiony) from one of the stores I had been shopping around at.  My back and knee pain only got worse after hours of time spent on them.

About a month later, I got some Timberland Pro Valor tactical boots from Harry’s Army Surplus, and this was the first time I learned something. First off these boots had a nylon shank in them, which I later learned is to better support your arch and calves.  They also had a molded external heel cage to better hold your heel in place. All that aside, within the first hour of putting them on, I was in heaven. I instantly noticed that my posture was better: the heel support and the height of the boot caused me to stand up straighter. I also noticed that my back and knee were not hurting nearly as bad. The boot itself was not very stiff, so from tennis shoes to an 8 in boot was a little easier transition. At the end of the day was that I was so far less fatigued than normal from having this supportive footwear, that the day flew by! Before, I could tell how far into my shift I was by how sore and tired I was. This day, however, I had worked 10 hours and felt like I had only worked 3.  It was amazing and changed my life. This is just one example of how support is more important that cushion when choosing your boots and how making sure the person helping you is knowledgeable of these factors that will help keep you comfortable and happy throughout your entire day.

How do I break in my new boots?

Boots can be great. They go anywhere, through any conditions. You just can’t kill them. Unfortunately, you may feel like they’re trying to kill your feet. But a little effort on your part can tame your boots.

To break in your new boots:

First, when you buy a pair of boots, make sure you get a good fit. A salesperson that knows their stuff can be of great help with this. Don’t get a pair that’s too large, because the leather will stretch a bit as you wear them. When you go to purchase a pair, wear fairly thick socks like you will be wearing normally with the shoes.

When you get your new boots home, you’re going to want to start wearing them right off. Wear them around the house until you are certain the fit is good. Before you wear your new boots out, flex the leather as much as you possibly can. If you’ve bought a good pair, you won’t be able to bend them much, but you should at least try. You want to give special attention to the toe and heel areas.

Steel toed boots can be very useful, but they can cause you additional problems. In this case, make sure you are fitted by a skilled salesperson. This will save you many headaches down the line. But the only way you are ever going to get your boots completely comfortable is to wear them. So get out there and put some miles on them.

Magnum Elite Force Magnum Tactical Boot

Looking for that Next new boot?  Please consider our huge selection of comfortable boots available in-store or online at http://www.harrysarmysurplus.net/boots-shoes.html

What is a Jungle Boot?

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.

Jungle Boot

Jungle Boot

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.”

Converse Responds to Soldiers with New Desert Boot

Converse Desert Boots are well loved by soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan for their lightweight, flexible design.  One concern however was that due to the rigors of everyday life in a war zone, greater durability is needed.  In Walks ‘Da Beast.’

Da Beast Converse Military Boot

Da Beast

The 9894 ‘Da Beast’ is the most indestructible Converse Military Boot yet. This  8” desert tan military boot is constructed with materials kick some serious butt. This includes the new “Road Grader” rubber outsole with rugged tractor lug design that wraps up around the sides; the new XTR composite toe with Xtra Toe Room and extra comfort; and the Converse Foot Force 2X insert with 33% more comfort because it’s 33% thicker and 33% softer.

Under the cover Da Beast Converse Desert Boot features a cement construction to increase durability and prevent sole separation.  This is a major improvement over the regular adhesive used on most non-stitched boots.

Converse Desert boots have long been a favorite amongst military for the lightweight, cushioned mobility that they offer. Da Beast C9894 is a major improvement to this tradition of highly functional, comfortable military boots.

What are Mickey Mouse Boots?

First issued to U.S. soldiers during the Korean War, Mickey Mouse boots are designed for combat and protect against water and extreme cold. A wool lining and multiple layers of rubber serve as the insulation. Their most distinguishable visible features are their big size. Reminded of the well known cartoon character, G.I.s joked they were wearing Mickey Mouse’s shoes. The rubber was tinted white to camouflage with snow.

Mickey Mouse Boots

Mickey Mouse Boots

That incarnation of a cold weather boot came from the previous “shoepac” design of World War II. These were also white, but not as thick or durable – they were intended as an outer layer for shoes.  Shoepacs didn’t stand up to the extreme cold of the winter of 1951 in Korea, when temperatures plunged far below their average, and army tents offered insufficient protection. At a time when soldiers were wearing their sleeping bags during the daytime to keep from freezing, Mickey Mouse boots were highly valued as a major improvement over the protection offered by ordinary leather boots covered in shoepacs.

Since this 8 inch rubber boot isn’t ventilated at all, the wearer’s sweat collects quickly when they’re active. People wearing mickey mouse boots are advised to change their sweaty socks frequently to avoid the cold that can accompany wet socks. Back in the days before Thinsulate insulation, soldiers saw this as only a minor inconvenience considering how warm their feet remained. The boots prevented frostbite even at -20 or -40 degrees Fahrenheit; a layer of air trapped between two layers of rubber acts as a very efficient insulator. This is similar to the way that a double paned window works. In fact, you’ll notice that these boots have a valve on the side. The valve is used to prevent damage at higher altitude. Since mickey mouse boots are sealed rubber, the altitude would lead to air expansion between the layers of the boot and that could cause constriction on the feet as well as damage to the boot.

Many generations of military personnel have continued to wear Mickey Mouse extreme cold weather boots. Now they’re available in black as well as white. In recent years, many working people have used these boots as work boots because of the great value compared to other winter cold weather boots.  They’re also very popular amongst ice fishing aficionados for their ability to protect against heat loss from a day spent standing on ice.  Through Army Surplus stores like Harry’s Army Surplus the average outdoor adventurist, ice fishing enthusiast or working person can buy military issue Mickey Mouse boots.

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