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What's wrong with the boots?

 

I think the outside surfaces are pretty scuffed and dried out? I am not too sure how to describe it as I have not really worked with leather before. I am interested in doing some reenacting at a local museum so I would like to try and revitalize these a little bit. (I don't intend to do walk any serious distance in these given how uncommon they see to be).

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The soles on those boots could very likely self destruct if they were worn around with any kind of frequency.

 

Id keep them for display.

 

Thats a great uniform set. Very cool! Do you have any other history on the vet? It would be interesting to know where he might have worn this set.

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Don't even polish them: I live near a Marine base and everytime I've bought a vintage trunk lot with Marine boondockers in the them they looked like yours.

 

For renacting I'd look for a pair of the Vietnam era leather boots issued to all services: you can find those in very usable condtion for not a lot of money.

 

There was a retired police officer in Seattle whose name fits (that is a very uncommon last name and his middle initial is D) -

 

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Don't even polish them: I live near a Marine base and everytime I've bought a vintage trunk lot with Marine boondockers in the them they looked like yours.

 

For renacting I'd look for a pair of the Vietnam era leather boots issued to all services: you can find those in very usable condtion for not a lot of money.

 

There was a retired police officer in Seattle whose name fits (that is a very uncommon last name and his middle initial is D) -

 

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I have a pair of Mcnamara boots that I have been using as stand ins. Could be the guy. I picked the lot up from a store in Kirkland, just north of Seattle.

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THe early tall issue boots were more like an oiled rough out I recall and not a smooth leather like the later issue boots.

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