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After underestimating the demand twice, we finally decided just to buy the entire available stock of these boots.

Go crazy guys.


  • 2mm thick oiled leather, full grain cow hide
  • All black, easy to shine and polish, hides dirt and stains
  • 10" tall, coving and supporting the entire ankle
  • Ten eyelets, and eight grommets on each boot
  • Metzeler sole insert included. (Ivan advises you replace this, it's pretty old, and may have the imprint of another guys foot on it)
  • Vibram soles

Recommended Aesthetic and Functional Practices

Breaking in your boots

Generally speaking, these Austrian Paratrooper boots have already seen some use. This does mean that the leather is not as stiff as new boot, but a "breaking in" period is recommended.
To break in your boots, wear them as often as possible over a one to two week period of regular activity (think grocery store trips, not hiking trips.) Use good, full length wool socks, and take note if you feel any "hot spots" while walking around. Friction between your foot and the boot is what causes blisters, and breaking in your boots should help with this.

If hot spots persist, silk or synthetic "liner socks" (worn under your wool ones) are a cheap and easy way to protect your feet. They are freely available at most outdoors stores.

Speed Lacing

It is of Ivan's opinion that tying your boots with a speed lacing method is superior to that of any external bow or knot.

It looks cleaner while minimizing the chance that you will trip, get your boots stuck, or have them come untied because you use a granny knot like a child.

There is an assortment of different speed lacing methods that will have these three attributes in common.

  1. Very long laces. (The excess in lace is necessary. If your boots come with normal size laces, consider investing in longer laces)
  2. At least one full wrap of lace around the ankle
  3. Tucking all excess lace deep inside the boot

Here are video guides for two different styles of speed lacing. [HYPERLINK 1] [HYPERLINK 2]

This batch of boots comes with laces that are a little too short for most conventional speedlacing (it is still very possible if you copy the way it is laced in the photos, however it is not as sturdy as it could be).

We will try to include a pair of long laces from a batch of battered boots with as many orders as we can. No guarantees we have enough however. It's a convenient thing laces are inexpensive.

Blousing and tucking your trousers

If you are not going to tuck in your trousers when you tie your boots, and you are wearing baggy pants, I recommend investing in elastic blousing garters / "boot bands".

It will look cleaner, and help keep the cuffs of your trousers out of the way.

Boot care

The upper(Every external part of the shoe but the sole) of these boots is made from full grain leather that has been treated to be water resistant.

To maintain this resistance along with the structural integrity and condition of the leather, you should educate yourself on boot leather care. Take your boots to a good shoe store, or research the care of "Oiled Leather" on the Internet.

Here is what the basic process looks like.

  1. Clean with leather cleaner or saddle soap.
  2. Condition with leather sealer/oil/paste
  3. Seal with a coat of leather protector or silicone.


Walk into any store that sells shoes and ask to have BOTH your feet measured.

If you find one foot is wider than the other, get that size, and force the habit of leaning on the smaller foot when standing still.


Shoe sizing over the Internet can be a little more finicky than clothing.

If you are unhappy with your boot's size, and would like to exchange for a different size, we will split the price of shipping with you. (50/50, only for the first attempt)


Boots are in great condition, minor dust and leather wrinkles/creases. Possible bruises and scratches that can be buffed out with proper cleaning and re-conditioning. (See "Boot care")

95% of boots have an x written in gray marker on the toe of the boot. These will wear off over time, or you can likely wash/condition it away immediately.

12 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 5
    10/10 Boots would buy again

    Posted by Vypr on Mar 20th 2017

    I wear size 12 in Military Boots, 13 in commercial shoes. Ivan didn't know if I meant to order these in Size 13, but I assured him that it was intentional and after receiving them, I am under the impression they were unissued. No foot imprints to speak of, sole was in perfect condition, and after wiping the dirt/dust off, these puppies really came to life. Mine squeak like a couple of church mice, but other than that I have no other negative comments. These are the best boots I've ever bought, and rival my issue boots in comfort, but outmatch them in pure aesthetic and style.

    IVAN COMMENT: What is most likely squeaking is not the boot itself, but the old dry insert inside. I strongly recommend replacing/removing it.

  • 5

    Posted by TexMex on Mar 18th 2017

    Took these to BigBend Texas, great hiking boots temps up to 98 degrees comfortable, light, walked in the Rio Grande worked great feet stayed dry even though I was up to my knees in water. They did double duty for some dirt bike riding. Highly Reccommend

  • 5

    Posted by Bongistani on Mar 7th 2017

    A really great pair of boots. They polish up wonderfully and fit really well. Dead comfy once you've replaced the insoles, Match with surplus army trousers and a number 1 haircut to recreate that authentic skinhead look.

  • 5
    Excellent boots

    Posted by Washington on Feb 27th 2017

    Fit well, very good condition, only a little wear.

  • 4
    Very good value

    Posted by Bill Hundley on Feb 21st 2017

    For an all leather, well made boot this fits the bill. Good overall condition. Integrity of the boots is good. No repairs needed. Tread had some worn areas as expected. But, sole will walk for many more miles. Saddle soaped and applied leather perservative made them look great. Comfortable on feet and to wear while walking or hiking. Consider ordering next size up if you want to use a good, arch supporting insert and or heavier socks. Recommended

  • 5
    Boots had scorpions in them.

    Posted by John on Feb 21st 2017

    The boots that I ordered happened to have 9 scorpions living inside them. I tried to remove them but they just don't go as easy as Chenyans. So I had to drown them out. Long story short, now my house smells like cosmoline AND boot. 10/10 would buy again.

  • 5
    Damn fine boots for the price

    Posted by Alan on Feb 19th 2017

    Having big guy feet, I grabbed a set of 48/14US. Either I got lucky or this shipment was quality. The boots were made in 2014, with minimal wear. The laces are in fine condition on mine. The insole on mine is a thin strip of leather that I plan on replacing. The fit is excellent. Overall, this is a great deal. If they ever get more in, I'm recommending these boots to my friends.

  • 5
    Great price

    Posted by Matt Price on Feb 15th 2017

    These boots came in on time and are well worth the money. It looks like they only have elf sizes left but I will order another pair when and if they get more in stock. The leather is in great shape and the soles only have slight wear. I would recommend replacing the laces and insoles.

  • 5
    Wew lad

    Posted by bowtie on Feb 14th 2017

    Without a doubt the best boots you can get for $30. Got them earlier today and they're in very good shape. No damage, very light wear all around; looks more like they're just a little bit dirty. The fit was very accurate, though my toes are just a little cramped. Ordered a 10, as that is the closest to my actual foot size, but I typically wear 10.5s. Boots have plenty of tread left, and so far are pretty comfy. I imagine if I gave them a cleaning and a shining they'd look brand new. No regerts.