A scarce original pair of Australian made 1936 pattern flying boots by 'Bedggood'.
These boots were made in Australia by the company 'Bedggood' who were based in Melbourne and began making shoes in the Victorian era. During the Second World War they made flying boots such as these early style examples as well as the later pattern which had an extra ankle strap. The boots usually came in brown leather but sometimes also in black making these even more scarce.
These boots saw issue with the RAAF and RAF as well as the USAAF mainly in the Pacific Theatre and the Far East. They closely resemble the British 1936 pattern flying boot in almost everyway featuring the end on end stitching between the upper and lower sections of the boots, the sheepskin lining and the leather fastening tabs at the top.
The boots are maker marker inside on the pull tabs, as is usual with these boots. There is one tab on each side of the boots interior used when pulling the boots on. The first reads 'Bedggod' and the other states the size as 8. There is what also looks like the remnants of the original owners name inked above this.
The heels are original period rubber examples and may well be original to the boots.
This particular pair of boots display nicely but the overall condition is not the best. When I got the boots the soles were in a sorry state so I have had them lightly restored so that they could be displayed. The inside of one boot has lost all of its sheepskin lining and has some damage to the leather lining which is left whilst the other boot only has some of the sheepskin left. There are also two large period repairs to the side of one the boots which have clearly been done a very long time ago. Personally I would say these are not wearable due to the condition of the sole and the work done to tidy them up for display purposes. They would still make a very nice display piece as part of a RAAF, USAAF or RAF display however!
Overall, a scarce pair of Wartime boots which are highly desired by collectors today. Whilst only really good for display they would make a cheap stand in for a better pair of these rare boots and compliment any RAF collection without a doubt!