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Flight Boot Development - 1935


Flieger-Pelzstiefel, Baumuster Pst 3

Fleece-Lined Flight Boots, Model Pst 3


Nine months subsequent to the Luftwaffe's institution, a new fleece-lined flight boot was introduced per LV35, Nr.853 on 6 November, 1935. The footwear was designed not as an overboot, but as a replacement for the street/military shoes then in use, and was intended specifically to allow greater freedom of movement of the feet in the cockpit.

The new boots employed two-toned brown leather, fleece-lining, and non-skid rubber soles. The cinch strap/tongue buckle arrangement of the earlier overboot was retained in the new design. A single zipper closed the boot shaft on the inside of the leg. The height of the boot was 40cm from the top of the heel. Very few of these boots have survived, with the solitary example known to the author pictured in Angolia & Schicht, 280.


Sources:

Angolia, John R. & Adolf Schlicht, Uniforms & Traditions of the Luftwaffe, (San Jose, CA: R. James Bender Publishing, 1998), III, 280.

Author's observations.


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