Great Condition Austrian Paratrooper Boots
Great Condition Austrian Paratrooper Boots
Great Condition Austrian Paratrooper Boots

After scores of chats, emails, and crayon drawn letters, we've managed to restock the legendary Austrian paratrooper boot. In fact, we did a little more than that; we worked with our supplier to cherry-pick the very best boots from a batch of several thousand (we even made a friggen illustrated sorting guide for them). 

Now most normal people would have stopped there. We decided to double distill this batch and hand sorted everything again upon arrival at our warehouse.

So, what does all that mean in terms of quality? Every "Great" condition boot should have only as much wear as one-to-two weeks of normal use. Any scratches, scuffing, or dirt is superficial and will clean up nicely with regular use and by following our Boot Care guide below.

Our goal is not only to supply you with stylishly functional boots, but also to empower you with the knowledge needed to maintain them. Take good care of your pair, and they should last you many years in The Zone — even past a decade, as some already have.

Specs

  • 2mm-thick leather, full-grain cowhide
  • Black, easy to shine and polish, hides dirt and stains
  • 10" tall, covering 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 guy’s foot on it, but maybe you're into that)
  • Hard-wearing lug soles

Recommended Aesthetic and Functional Practices

Insole

Your boots may or may not arrive with insoles. If they do, they will likely be worn and old. You should consider replacing them before breaking your boots in or wearing them more than casually.

Breaking In Your Boots

Generally, these Austrian paratrooper boots have already seen some use. This does mean that the leather is not as stiff as new boots, but a breaking-in period is still 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 or guerrilla warfare). 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 causes blisters. 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 not only looks cleaner, but also minimizes the chance that you will trip, get your boots stuck, or have them untie because you used 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. [Style 1] [Style 2]

Most of the boots comes with laces that are a little too short for most conventional speed lacing (it is still very possible if you copy the way it is laced in the photos, but it is not as sturdy or easy as it could be). Luckily good laces are inexpensive. Warehouse Ivan recommends you pick up some 87" or 92" laces (regardless of shoe size, it doesn't affect the lace length like you think it would)

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, we recommend investing in elastic blousing garters / "boot bands."

It will look cleaner and keep your trouser cuffs out of the way.

Sizing

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.

If you plan to wear your boots with a thick insole and medium/thick socks, buy one size bigger.

For those with wide feet, you should follow your general style of fitting into normal shoes. For reference, a size 10.5 EE wide foot fits best in a size 12 shoe with an arch based insert. Flat feet or not, it is important to have an insert with a raised arch. The knuckles of your foot widen under your own weight. Displacing weight off that part of your foot will make it more comfortable.  

The break-in period may be a little uncomfortable at first for wide feet, but the sides should stretch in time. If they do not improve after a month, reach out to us for a possible exchange.

Returns

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, ship it back to us, and we will pay for shipping the first replacement back to you.

Condition

As stated above, every "Great" condition boot should have only as much wear as one-to-two weeks of normal use. Any scratches, scuffing, or dirt is superficial and will clean up nicely with regular use and by following our Boot Care guide above.

On rare occasions, boots will have hole-punched tongues, and sometimes grommets high on the inside of the ankle. These should not cause any functional or aesthetic problems when wearing the boot. The hole punch on the tongue is high up by the tag and not visible when the boot is laced. The ankle grommets are at the same height and allow you to tie the boots together for storage or drying.

Our Austrian paratrooper boots are also available in "Good" and "Resole Special" conditions.

Great Condition Austrian Paratrooper Boots

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Restock expected 2019

After scores of chats, emails, and crayon drawn letters, we've managed to restock the legendary Austrian paratrooper boot. In fact, we did a little more than that; we worked with our supplier to cherry-pick the very best boots from a batch of several thousand (we even made a friggen illustrated sorting guide for them). 

Now most normal people would have stopped there. We decided to double distill this batch and hand sorted everything again upon arrival at our warehouse.

So, what does all that mean in terms of quality? Every "Great" condition boot should have only as much wear as one-to-two weeks of normal use. Any scratches, scuffing, or dirt is superficial and will clean up nicely with regular use and by following our Boot Care guide below.

Our goal is not only to supply you with stylishly functional boots, but also to empower you with the knowledge needed to maintain them. Take good care of your pair, and they should last you many years in The Zone — even past a decade, as some already have.

Specs

  • 2mm-thick leather, full-grain cowhide
  • Black, easy to shine and polish, hides dirt and stains
  • 10" tall, covering 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 guy’s foot on it, but maybe you're into that)
  • Hard-wearing lug soles

Recommended Aesthetic and Functional Practices

Insole

Your boots may or may not arrive with insoles. If they do, they will likely be worn and old. You should consider replacing them before breaking your boots in or wearing them more than casually.

Breaking In Your Boots

Generally, these Austrian paratrooper boots have already seen some use. This does mean that the leather is not as stiff as new boots, but a breaking-in period is still 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 or guerrilla warfare). 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 causes blisters. 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 not only looks cleaner, but also minimizes the chance that you will trip, get your boots stuck, or have them untie because you used 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. [Style 1] [Style 2]

Most of the boots comes with laces that are a little too short for most conventional speed lacing (it is still very possible if you copy the way it is laced in the photos, but it is not as sturdy or easy as it could be). Luckily good laces are inexpensive. Warehouse Ivan recommends you pick up some 87" or 92" laces (regardless of shoe size, it doesn't affect the lace length like you think it would)

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, we recommend investing in elastic blousing garters / "boot bands."

It will look cleaner and keep your trouser cuffs out of the way.

Sizing

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.

If you plan to wear your boots with a thick insole and medium/thick socks, buy one size bigger.

For those with wide feet, you should follow your general style of fitting into normal shoes. For reference, a size 10.5 EE wide foot fits best in a size 12 shoe with an arch based insert. Flat feet or not, it is important to have an insert with a raised arch. The knuckles of your foot widen under your own weight. Displacing weight off that part of your foot will make it more comfortable.  

The break-in period may be a little uncomfortable at first for wide feet, but the sides should stretch in time. If they do not improve after a month, reach out to us for a possible exchange.

Returns

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, ship it back to us, and we will pay for shipping the first replacement back to you.

Condition

As stated above, every "Great" condition boot should have only as much wear as one-to-two weeks of normal use. Any scratches, scuffing, or dirt is superficial and will clean up nicely with regular use and by following our Boot Care guide above.

On rare occasions, boots will have hole-punched tongues, and sometimes grommets high on the inside of the ankle. These should not cause any functional or aesthetic problems when wearing the boot. The hole punch on the tongue is high up by the tag and not visible when the boot is laced. The ankle grommets are at the same height and allow you to tie the boots together for storage or drying.

Our Austrian paratrooper boots are also available in "Good" and "Resole Special" conditions.

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breddy gud

Aesthetics are on point, and someone did most of the wearing in for me so the leather is comfy. I haven't given it a proper run on outdoor terrain, but so far so good. My only gripes would be the heel lift, though that can be solved with a good in-sole. Another is that the leather on one side is a tad bit wrinkled, but it adds character and (>less than $100) so that's okay.

Highly recommend.

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Die Stiefel sind gut

The boots are good. Comfy, especially with any sort of insert. I wear them quite often, as a retard of my magnitude does. Bought one size too big, hence my rating as slightly big. But they great and will serve you well.

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Not Great Condition IMO

Tread worn basically smooth at toes and outer parts of heels - maybe a “week or two of wear” being pulled behind a truck lol. Far from what I expected.

Boots have an annoying squeak- very noticeable.

On the plus side- sizing is great and accurate - upper is in good shape. I can tell they are quality boots.

Just bummed about the sole wear.

Maybe just got a bad pair.

Would recommend if condition was closer to described.

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Hey there, the tread definitely looks worn past the "Great" condition mark. Let us know over at help@kommandostore.com if you want to switch this pair out for a new one!

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Solid boots

Fit was perfect. The boots were already nicely broken in, but in good repair. Slipped in a new insole and I've been hiking miles in them.

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Excellent condition

Got the boots within the 2 day shipping period as stated. (USPS tracking sucks dick, but thats not KommandoStore's fault).

The boots were in almost excellent condition, barely any dirt or scuffs to be washed out. Go with the instructions and buy high arch insoles and they will fit perfectly (were a bit roomier prior to the insoles purchase) and some longer laces. Clean them up with some saddle soap and warm water then treat with mink oil and they will look brand new. The boots aren't heavy like the US black combat boots and fit my wide foot perfectly once going half a size to a size up. Overall excellent purchase, almost considering buying another pair just to store for when these bite the dust in a lifetime.

Size: 10-10.5 US

Foot Width: Wide

Purchased: Size 10.5 -11 EU 44

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