An original pair of 1940 Pattern Flying Boots in good condition and in a size 8.
These boots came into use with the Royal Air Force during the earlier part of the Second World War and became synonymous with Bomber Command air crews earning them the nickname 'bomber boots'. They were in fact used by all arms of the RAF as well as the FAA making them a usable boot for a number of impressions. They also saw use with the USAAF, particularly the 8th and 9th Air forces.
These particular boots are the 1940 pattern rather than the later 1941 pattern boots introduced at the very end of the Second World War. This means they are of guaranteed wartime manufacture.
The boots feature matching Air Ministry marked zippers the front of which are marked with the letter 'W' as is common to find on this pattern of boots. The reverse of the puller bears the War Department broad arrow marking. Behind the zipper is the leather tongue which bears a large War Department broad arrow as well as the size of '8'. A.I.D stamps are also present to the tongue. The markings match on both boots like the zips, making these a true matched pair.
The soles and heels are not the originals but replacements which are in good condition and make the boots very wearable.
The overall condition of the boots is very good but they do show some signs of wear and age. The rubber 'galosh' which runs around the sides and toe of the boots is generally speaking very good and is still soft and pliable. The suede uppers are also good as is the sheepskin lining. The zips function as they should. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that these boots are a vintage pair of pre-owned boots which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Overall, a nice pair of original wartime RAF flying boots which would be ideal for a re-enactor or as part of a WW2 RAF collection.