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Spetsnaz Boot
A 1978 manufactured army M73 Spetsnaz Boot (on the right) compared to 1989 manufactured M89 version
A 1978 manufactured army M73 Spetsnaz Boot (on the right) compared to 1989 manufactured M89 version
Type: Combat boot
Designation: Unknown
Place of origin: USSR
Produced: 1973-1989
Manufacturer(s): Unknown
Material(s): yuft, rubber
Evolved from: Hot Weather Boot
Evolved into: M89 Spetsnaz Boot
Service
Used by: Unknown
Wars: Soviet–Afghan War

The Spetsnaz Boot is a combat boot of Soviet origin.[1][2][3]

Overview

The Spetsnaz Boots are made of yuft. They have ten eyelets and unlike the later version lack a proper heel cap, instead they have only a strip going up in the rear. The most distinctive features of the boots are the unique porous rubber soles and the narrow toes lacking any toe caps or seams. The tongues are not completely sewn to the boots. They also have supplementary special insoles for divers.

History

The Spetsnaz Boots (Russian: Обувь для спецразведки) or Spetsnaz Jump Boots (Russian: Прыжковые ботинки для спецподразделений) were one of the first modern combat boot type of footwear introduced to the Soviet armed forces.

They were introduced in 1973 under the GOST designation ГОСТ 19137-73 and likely developed from the Hot Weather Boots. There were two main variants, one for the navy and one for army (land forces).[4] The 1973 boots were used by Spetsnaz paratrooper units and saw service in the Soviet–Afghan War.

The specification was later changed in 1989 under the GOST designation ГОСТ 19137-89.

Variants

Navy (actually M89)

Army (actually both army and navy M73)

Gallery

References

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