Like the black
boots described previously, these are actually 1930s
or 1940s civilian ski
boots. The seller, a noted American militaria dealer who described
them as "WW2 mountain troop ski boots
in very early style", has assumed that a brown ski boot with a smooth
leather sole is a U.S.
That is akin to assuming that any bolt-action rifle is
an '03 Springfield. As stated before, these boots have the external
a feature not found on Army ski boots, and they do not have rubber
padded snow excluders, a feature found on all Army boots.
Another difference between these boots and
the Army ski boots is the shape of the toe. These boots have a more rounded
toe than the Army boots.
For information about the development of the U.S. Army ski boots
and photographs of the different versions of the Army ski boots, see
the Ski Boot History page.