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R.F.C. 'Fug' Flying Boots
Stores Ref. 22c/4. @APOS@Boots, Flying, Thigh@APOS@. Thigh length, suede, sheepskin lined boots widely used by British aircrews in WW1. Often seen in period photographs with the trademark long leather flying coat. Various different styles/patterns were made but most had a two-tone appearance with a different type of leather/suede used for the shoe section to that of the main body of the boot. In addition most have stitched leather soles, a buckled strap over the top of the shoe section and a similar strap just below the knee. A small inverted @APOS@V@APOS@ shaped strap/buckle was stitched to the top outer edge of the boot - this could be connected to the wearer@APOS@s other clothing using a separate strap. This pair have a finished (chromed) leather shoe section with chestnut brown suede uppers. They retain both of the lower straps but have been cut down to a more @APOS@normal@APOS@ length of boot. This practice of converting to @APOS@knee boots@APOS@ was not uncommon as the full length boots could be cumbersome, particularly when worn with the @APOS@new@APOS@ Sidcot suit. The bad news is that pair have been but down rather crudely and not to the same level! The remaining boots are in very good condition - the shoe sections are a bit grubby but show no real sign of wear as do the virtually unmarked soles (see photos). The straps are also good. The linings are a little grubby from storage and have minor fur loss. If they were complete this would be a super pair of boots. Still an extremely rare pair of boots and highly sought after. Could be restored to full length with suitable leather/sheepskin. Stock code B16226.