These civilian ski boots
from the 1940s were described as being "a pair of WW2, US
mountain troop ski boots." They are similar to Army
ski boots, but they have a number of features that identify them as
Most obviously, they are black. Army ski boots were always russet colored
leather. No Army ski boots had exterior ankle straps like these boots
have. The metal sole protectors cover the entire front of these boots.
Army sole protectors consisted of four small metal plates that covered
a small section of the sole at the front of the boot. Finally, these
boots do not have the rubber padded snow exclusion band around the
top of the ankle opening that is standard on all army ski boots.