A pair of original RAF 1936 pattern private purchase flying boots in a size 7.
This pattern of boot was introduced before the Second World War and was the most prolific pattern of flying boot to be used during the early part of the Second World War. Many period photographs from the Battle for France and the Battle of Britain show this pattern in use and they are now synonymous with the period. They were produced for the Air Ministry as well as by private companies and could be purchased by airmen. Private purchase examples such as these are often thought to be of higher quality than their issue counterparts.
The difference between these boots and issue boots is very limited. The black leather uppers of the private purchase boots usually have a pebbled finish which is the main distinguishing difference and is the case with these boots. All the other details are the same including the sheepskin lining, the opening at the top of the boot which fastens with a metal plated buckle and leather strap. The seam to seam stitching between the shoe and the upper is also only seen on original period boots as it was an expensive process which was discontinued in the post-war years.
The boots retain their original leather soles and heels are period rubber examples which are made by 'Itshide'. Both show some signs of wear and age and there is an area in the instep which is flawed which is illustrated in picture 8 but does not affect the way the boots display.
Inside both boots are two leather pull tabs which are made from the same black coloured leather used for the boot uppers. One in each boots has a brown leather piece sewn onto them which bears the style number os ASU669 and the size of 7.
The boots are in good condition for their age and display very well. Overall they are solid with some signs of wear and age. There are some nicks to the leather and a flaw to the instep on one boot as already mentioned. One of the leather straps which fastens at the top of the boot is missing its tail but still functions. This is detailed in picture 7. Overall the boots look to be solid enough. but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that they are a vintage pair of boots with some small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice pair of original 1936 pattern flying boots which display well!