Are 77 Year Old WW2 Boots BETTER Than Modern Boots? – (CUT IN HALF)

15December 2021

total war patterned by the Nazis for 
all Europe comes at last to Germany how good were the boots worn by U.S troops in 
world war ii we're gonna find out by taking this   actual boot made for world war ii cutting it in 
half and see how it's built how it's constructed   because to me I assumed that for world war 
ii it probably you know it's 80 years ago   they were in a there was a leather shortage 
metal shortages labor shortages I assumed it was   a pretty terrible boot that the troops out there 
were wearing so I'm really interested this is one   of the more exciting videos I've ever done because 
I'm really interested to see what's inside of this   boot so it's the last call for the clumps t-shirt 
it's a limited edition we're only going to print   them once and they the sale or the pre-order ends 
tonight so if you want one of those comps t-shirts   links in the description oh and more 
importantly I think I gotta go grab the boots   my first boots are dropping on July 10th we're 
only doing 500 pairs be sure to get on the email   list in the description because I'm going to send 
a series of emails with all the boot information   how to get size and everything you need to know 
to jump on the order as soon as it goes live   so that you don't miss your opportunity if you 
want a pair of these because I'm really excited   and uh wait till you see the apparatus we're 
going to use to cut these in half it's going to be   fun so now back to the world war two but boots 
butts now let's go over the boot information   so the brand is the brown shoe company and they 
were not the only company making and manufacturing   this exact boot in the united states there were 
several different companies contracted out by   the government to make this boot for the troops 
the style is the m1943 and that name is more   for the entire uniform worn and revamped by the 
us government for the later stages of the wars   and it's interesting that this boot actually 
stayed in production and was the standard issue   boot up until 1952 during the Korean war when they 
revamped it the color of this boot was originally   kind of a tan color it was really similar to the 
mule skinner leather by red wing but it came with   a little dub and wax and they recommended you put 
it up put on the boots to make it more waterproof   more wear resistant and condition them so they 
ended up looking a lot darker you can see how dark   it is in some of these spots they weigh two pounds 
five ounces and I got these boots for 178 dollars   I have no idea how much they would have retailed 
for that time but looking at ads from that era   most boots like this cost anywhere from four 
dollars to eight dollars so that's probably around   how much they cost back then and these were made 
in St.

Louis Missouri USA and these particular   boots if you look on the cuff here on the inside 
they were made in 1944 on April 12th which is   really cool this stamp still exists with all the 
information and the sizing stamped into it it's a   really cool piece of history now let's go over the 
information we can gather about this boot before   we cut it in half starting with the leather so 
this is a rough out full grain leather if you look   on the inside you can see the grain on the smooth 
grain on the inside and they did the rough out for   the the reason most people do it's more abrasion 
resistant but an interesting thing we dug up in   the research is they a part of the reason they did 
the rough out was because rough out absorbs oils   and it absorbs the dub and wax that they sent with 
these boots so it was easier to waterproof these   boots than if it were grain side out the smooth 
side of the the leather out and this leather is a   veg re-tan which basically means it was originally 
tanned as a chrome tan but then finished tanning   in a vegetable tanning compounds and this allows 
you to have the best of both worlds and for a   fast production they needed the speed and the 
durability of a chrome tanning production but they   probably wanted some of the properties and the 
natural elements of the veg tanning process to to   finish it up so that nobody had allergic reactions 
to it and when you got really hot and sweaty for   days on end they don't have any weird reactions 
to the chromium salt to use and then the cuff you   know you see this in military boots phone i never 
really knew what they're for but the standard   issue boot setup before this was a was a normal 
boot but you had these these canvas leggings or   almost gators that covered the area from where the 
boot met your pants to prevent water and debris   from getting inside of your boots and so with this 
revamped version they basically integrated a gator   into the boot then to the construction so this 
is a Goodyear welted boot you can tell that by   the way the upper is tucked underneath and you've 
got this row of stitching that's on a separate   piece of leather called the welt that connects the 
upper to the midsole and outsole the boot this is   only a 270 degree well which means that well 
stitch starts at the hill wraps around the toe   the toe and finishes at the heel and the heel is 
all nailed together where the leather is wrapped   the nails hold it together but what I thought was 
interesting is you've got nails going up the arch   of the boot and also around the toe of the boot 
in a very similar way to how nicks actually this   shameless plug my own boot mix does their screws 
in the toe and around the side of the boot and you   can see the only place this has really failed 
after 80 years is right where there's no nails   holding that outsole onto the midsole then 
underneath the sock liner and the rest of   the insole is just a really thick layer of veg 
tan and which is kind of what we see in these   higher quality boots with the nicks and the red 
wings is a full veg tan insole then if we look   at the midsole this midsole layer is probably 
the thickest leather midsole I've ever seen on   a boot you know it's even thicker than the Nicks 
boots it's it's so thick where's my caliper it's   over a quarter inch thick slab of leather these 
leather midsoles are really nice because it gives   you an extra layer to compress and give you that 
footprint inside of your boot and it also offers   some more stability and more wear resistance you 
know you're not going to feel the ground as much   with that thick slab of veg stand in there 
finally to the outsole so this is a bf   Goodrich outsole which which is kind of 
an interesting thing with the history of   outsoles and rubber you know 80 years ago a lot 
of the people that made the outsoles were the same   companies making tires like bf Goodrich because 
they were the only facilities that had enough   capacity to pump out tons of outsoles and had 
access to the rubber compounds and had the   technology to make outsoles so it's interesting 
on these vintage boots especially the war era ones   that these big tire companies were making outsoles 
I don't know what I expected to see on a world war   2 boot but I thought for sure there'd be some 
lugs on this thing because I just can't imagine   storming anything in a dressier 
style it almost is it's like the same   style of outsole as like a v-bar a Vibram 
that most people consider like more   casual slash dress outsole and imagine storming 
Germany with this outsole on like I just can't   imagine it gives you too much grip so I really 
expected to see a heavier lug for a standard   issue military boot but that's just it just goes 
to show you how different things were back then   when it comes to boot technology and what people 
expected from boots because I'm sure this was   even an upgrade from a leather outsole which 
most people were wearing back then the thing I   actually love the look of this boot it's a 
surprisingly beautiful boot for an 80 year old   war boot I think it's pretty beautiful so that 
being said let's cut this beautiful thing in half this might be the stinkiest boot I've 
ever cut in half this whole room smells   horrible but let's see what's inside of it this boot is so different than what i 
thought it was going to be this boot is   better than 99 of the boots out there it's really 
well built it's it's it probably cost four dollars   80 years ago but today if you if someone made 
this boot in America with all these materials   you'd be somewhere in that 400 to 500 price range 
you know it's it's great and i don't think that's   not all because of inflation a lot of it's because 
it was back then there was a tannery in every big   city there's cobblers on every street corner and a 
lot of the boots that people wore during that time   were high quality made in America by Americans and 
so back then you you didn't have the specialized   people like Nicks making high quality boots lots 
of people were making high quality boots and   back then there was so much so much leather being 
produced and so many so many people making boots   that it drove the price of the boots down so 
you got a lot higher quality boot for a lot   better price and granted this is a heritage boot 
being compared to more heritage style modern boots   and we're not comparing them to the standard 
issue boots now and this world war ii boot   has everything good about the iron rangers plus a 
couple other even better attributes that you see   in like Nicks boots or these higher quality boots 
the biggest one is that leather midsole these iron   rangers and most uh 300 price range boots don't 
have a leather midsole layer see this only has   the insole layer with the cork filling that the 
the world war ii boot has as well but there's   no huge slab of veg tan and then the other thing 
that's different is the heel counter is a solid   piece of veg tan leather you know a lot of these 
300 boots like the red wings only have a leather   board which is leather fibers reconstituted and 
laid flat to make kind of like a cardboard or like   uh papier Mache version of leather almost so the 
quality of this world war ii boot in my opinion   is better than red wings and rivals these 
handmade boot companies but these were made   in world for world war ii which is crazy this has 
been one of my most favorite videos ever because   we're starting to dive into the history of boots 
and where how we got to red wings and Nicks   by these world war ii boots if you like this 
video be sure to like and subscribe because I   really want to do more of these boots 
but the only way I can justify morally   cutting open a piece of history is if I make an 
informational video that's going to educate and   intrigue hopefully tens of thousands 
if not hundreds of thousands of people   so all your support makes these videos possible 
thank you so much and thank you to the men and   women who have served and are currently serving 
in the military and thank you guys for watching   and thanks for everything you do it means a lot 
to me see ya oh and don't forget get on the list   for these boots if you want them I they're 
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