|My Corcoran jumpers fully Antiqued and ready to wear|
This photo of original WWII Area Corcoran jump boots were my inspiration:
A Brief history of the US Army Jump boot:
Originally these boots were made for US Army WWII service members as paratrooper boots initially in brown and the uniform was later switched to black. As a personal note, my father was a paratrooper early in his army career (late 1950's and early 1960's with the 82nd Airborne) and I'm sure all the boots I ever saw around the house were black, although by the time I have any memories (the early 1970's), he was no longer a jumper, having wisely switched to being a chopper pilot and I'm sure his at that time would have been the lug-soled combat style boots. Paratrooper jump boots were designed by Lieutenant Colonel Yarborough who also designed the actual Parachutists Jump Wings, the M-1942 Uniform (WWII Paratrooper uniform) and also various other parachute delivery equipment. You can read more about the jump boots here and here.
The man behind the boots: Lieutenant Colonel Yarborough
Here looking the total badass in Vietnam:
When new, this is what they look like - they have a nasty brown painted on finish, but we can soon correct this:
These fine boots have a long and storied history since World War II and have been made by the Corcoran boot Company to the same design and quality, to my knowledge during all those intervening years. There are a couple of sources for this boots including eBay in both the US and in eBay Germany as well as several reputable Military type stores, which you can easily locate with an on line search. It's important for our purposes that you DO NOT buy a cheaper substitute, as many of these off branded boots are made from extremely inferior leathers and may not withstand the antiquing process that is described below!!
A Word About Sizing:
These boots fit large and are also wide (mine are 'EE'). The size I bought is US10 and fit very well. I usually wear a size US 11, so I recommend sizing down by one whole size.
The detailed instructions:
BTW: these are the only boots/shoe that I own in which I don't use shoe trees because I really want that old school hard worn-in look:
Here is the great creasing at the ankles that I love on these boots:
You can see that even after two year of occasional us, these rubber soles show almost no wear: