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PattonM47

what are some good cheaper boots repro boots I could get for a Korean war impression?

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USMC_COLLECTOR

What boots are you looking for? M43's or M48's? Or something different entirely?

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PattonM47

something like that....
I'm relatively new to collecting militaria so I don't know much

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Ok. Then you will want Double buckle boots probably for a repro. Epicmiliraia has cheaper boots that are pretty decent. I don't personally own a pair, but many people I know do and they like them.

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USMC_COLLECTOR

No leggings worn at all in Korea really (Only by marines since they had low boots). The two buckles served as the leggings with the boots.

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Example of Marines boarding transport with their leggings

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Example of the M48's in use. They were very similar to paratrooper boots

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And M43's in use

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USMC_COLLECTOR

So an interesting topic, I think the Army also used these flaks for a time with marines. M48's were used predominantly by the army, but like most things in the supply chain, marines stole some stuff. The guy behind him actually has M43's on. I think that photo was taken while training a foregin army.

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The difference in M48 and Paratrooper boots are no ankle reinforcement, paratrooper boots have this.

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Also no stamped holes in the toe cap, and it had a full rubber sole, not just the halves like the paratrooper ones.

 

Hope this helps a little bit more

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USMC_COLLECTOR

Found this as well on the forum,

 

Jump boots: 12 eyelets regardless of size
M1948 boots: 11 eyelets regardless of size

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Jump boots have the half sole and beveled heels as well but you can see them with regular heels when replaced/repaired. 

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10 hours ago, USMC_COLLECTOR said:

Ok. Then you will want Double buckle boots probably for a repro. Epicmiliraia has cheaper boots that are pretty decent. I don't personally own a pair, but many people I know do and they like them.

is there a way I can give them that russet look that I have seen on later M43s?

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USMC_COLLECTOR

Yes. You are going to want to apply layer after layer of dubbing. Then they will get smooth like you see there.

11 hours ago, PattonM47 said:

is there a way I can give them that russet look that I have seen on later M43s?

 

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