'Jungle boots are a type of
that is designed for use in jungle warfare
or hot, wet and humid environments where
combat boot would be uncomfortable or
unsuitable to wear due to these conditions.
Jungle boots have two vent holes on
the leather located on the inner side
of the boot near the middle of the boot
to aid in ventilation.
The most well-known
type of jungle boot are the ones that
the US Armed Forces issued to their
personnel during the Vietnam War in
which the boot's upper was a mixture
of leather for the toe, heel and eyelets
for the neck of the boot.
The jungle boots that were made for
the US armed forces during the Vietnam
War sported a direct
(in either a Vibram style tread or a
Panama-style tread) which also has a
stainless steel plate installed
inside the boot's sole to protect the
wearer from punji stake traps.
The US military jungle boot helped
design the famed desert combat boot
which many American soldiers wore during
Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Operation
Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001
and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Despite the introduction of the desert
boot at the time of Operation Desert
Storm, many American military personnel
were still issued jungle boots because
there were not enough desert boots to
issue to all the personnel in the Middle
East at the time.
Altama Footwear and Wellco Footwear
are two American combat boot companies
who manufacture the US military jungle
boot in both its original Vietnam War
configuration with the green cotton/nylon
upper and conventional eyelets and in
an updated version with a black cotton/nylon/Cordura
upper and a hook and eyelet lacing system
as well as the desert boot of Desert
Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom
As of 2005, the United States Marine
Corps has removed the old black jungle
boots from front-line military service
and replaced them with a new combat
boot called the Jungle Desert Boot after
the US Marines adopted the new MARPAT
digital camouflage uniforms in 2002
as well as the US Marines being called
in to fight in deserts in recent years.
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