The US Military started to develop boots for hot and humid environments in the early 1940s. Boots that are used in jungle environment hat to be breathable, fast drying and rugged at the same time. Therefore a combination of either rubber and canvas or leather and canvas was used. Early jungle boots had vulcanized soles and were very high to keep out crawling insects. However, these boots proved to be impractical for the regular soldier.
In the 1950s a new type of jungle boot was developed in Okinawa. Hence the name among collectors: Okinawa Boots. These boots were made like the WW2 Two Buckle Boots. Instead of using leather the boots were a mix of canvas and leather which proved quite well in jungle environments. However, the gaiters were not very practical in the field and developments were not taken any further.
The next step were jungle boots as we know them today. These were developed in the early 1960s and stayed in service with some smaller changes until the 1990s. We have photographed some of the original artifacts from our archives for a better understanding of the different types. For our jungle boots we have used a mid 1960s version as a pattern.