The Liberators are still going to be produced. They've only been delayed. We will update on the Facebook page and here when they have made it through production and arrived to us.
For the first time since 1964, the original pattern JUNGLE BOOT, is in production once again.
Extremely limited one time run of reproductions, based on the original jungle boot deployed to South East Asia by Green Berets and Advisors at the beginning of the Vietnam War. These became the iconic boot of the Vietnam War with their first real public debut in the famed photos of photographer Larry Burrows of Captain Vernon Gillespie. The 1st pattern jungle boot is the father of the modern combat boot. Highly coveted and sought out by collectors, now you can own and wear a pair with out the cost or fear of destroying rare historical pieces.
While the term "Liberator boot" is ours and NOT a collectors term, we felt it a appropriate name for our product because the majority of the wearers were "De Oppresso Liber".
There was 2 different variations to this 1st pattern design. The first being produced for testing in Panama and at the U.S. Army Quartermaster testing Center at Ft. Lee, VA. between 1959 and 1961. We call this the 1A pattern and has small notable differences that can occasionally be seen on extremely early advisors in Vietnam and Natick Labs publicity photos of the era. The 2nd type, what we call 1B, is the commonly known type of this pattern ( Our boot), produced from 1962 to 1964 as limited-standard by the U.S.A.Q.M.C.
After significant lessons learned, the later 2nd pattern Jungle Boot became Type A standard Tropical Footwear, replacing the earlier "Double Buckle" welt sole tropical boot, in January 1965.
Jayhawk Military Textiles has spent 5 years working with manufactures, reconstructing these boots to get them as close to perfect as possible. While these are made for us overseas, these are not your cheap surplus store $20 boots with a 200% mark up. Custom developed and patterned after an original pair, with help from the original military specifications.
- Original waffle type sole – We had these molds custom made, we own them, and they are available nowhere else, by anyone else, in the world.
- U.S. made Mil-Spec Canvas and Nylon
- Correct, era Mil-Spec size lacing eyelets
- Nomenclature tag in the tongue.
- Full grain leather
- No spike protection! Just as the originals. Spike sole protection was a lesson learned after the introduction of this pattern.
Extremely Limited quantities in each size available.
8R, 9R, 10R, 11R, 12R, 13R
*Note: These boots run wide and slightly big as originals. Example: If you wear a 9.5, order down a 9.