RAF Nuffield Pattern Escape Boots
Size 11. Essentially these are the prototype of the 1943 pattern boot. Designed by the MI9 escape and evasion 'master', Christopher Clayton Hutton and produced under private contract on the order of Lord Nuffield. Like the later 1943 pattern boot they feature a standard black leather shoe section with an added leather upper that could be removed should the wearer need to evade capture. In this case the upper being in sheepskin-lined chromed leather rather than suede. First pattern Nuffield boots feature a front zip fastener. These slightly later boots have the more familiar off-set zip and buckled strap of the standard issue 1943 boot.
The shoe sections are in good used condition showing normal use and wear. The leather is in good to very good used condition without any notable problems. The brass 'Lightning' zips are in good working condition and the sheepskin linings are good if a little soiled. Original sole and heels, the latter being quite worn. These boots were never allocated a reference numbers and as such there are no official markings. Very rare to find these days as they were only in production for about a year and not produced in large numbers. Very good used condition overall. Big size. Stock code B15878.