Original German WWII Luftwaffe Electric Heated Leather Flight Boots - USGI Bring Back
Original Items: One Pair Only. This is a wonderful pair of late war 1940 Pattern Luftwaffe Airman's Flight Boots. The construction is of black leather for the shoe area and natural suede for the shafts. Electrical elements are enclosed in the boot with the standard Luftwaffe press-stud connectors at the top. These would snap onto the matching connectors on the trousers.
These 24 volt electrically heated boots are the same pattern as the standard single zip flying boot but feature a heating element in the foot section. The boots were connected via the small press studded tab at the top to corresponding tabs on the flying suit or trousers. These are of late-war construction, the suede upper panels being of generally even color and the buckles and zips zinc plated steel. Later boots such as these feature an increased number of panels and plastic zips.
Each boot has a label inside the zipper reading 26 1/2 5 45 88, indicating a size 26 1/2cm and manufacture in 1945. The original Ri-Ri zippers are in good shape, but unfortunately have lost their leather pull tabs. Ri-Ri is is a Swiss-based Zipper company that still exists today. The snaps and buckles show oxidation, but are functional. The fleece lining is in very good shape, with only a bit of fur loss and no sign of major moth or beetle damage. The soles are worn, indicating use post war, and they appear to have been refurbished.
There are unfortunately no maker markings left, as they would usually be on the leather pull tabs and/or sole, but these are genuine German WW2 Issue flight boots. Perfect to complement any heated flight suit, or a great piece on their own.
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