How Much Money Does the MOD Spend on Boots?

The United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Ministry of Defence (MOD) spend a considerable sum on boots for its personnel across the three Services. Between 2004 and 2018, the MOD spent £211,110,250 on boots across four contracts. Between 2017 and 2022, the MOD will spend a further £59,400,000 across another three contracts. Reference FOI Request FOI2018/07154 dated 25 July 2018.… Read More

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What are the Effects of British Army Footwear on Ground Reaction Force & Temporal Parameters during British Army Foot-Drill?

Research Paper Title The Effects of British Army Footwear on Ground Reaction Force and Temporal Parameters of British Army Foot-Drill. Background High rates of occupational training-related lower-limb musculoskeletal [MSK] overuse injuries are reported for British Army recruits during basic training. Foot-drill is a repetitive impact loading occupational activity and involves striking the ground violently with… Read More

What is the Influence of new Military Athletic Footwear on the Kinetics & Kinematics of Running in Relation to Army Boots?

Research Paper Title Influence of new military athletic footwear on the kinetics and kinematics of running in relation to army boots. Background Musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries in the lower extremities are common in military recruits. Army boots have frequently been cited as a potential mechanism behind these high injury rates. In response to this, the British… Read More

What Combat Boots are Issued to British Army Recruits?

Prior to 2017, the British Army issued the black combat boot to recruits. The current combat boots offered to recruits include: Altberg Defender (UK); Haix Scout (UK); Bates (Patrol); YDS Kestral (Patrol); Iturri Mendalls (Desert); YDS Desert Scout (Desert); Iturri Magnum (L/W Desert); YDS Desert (L/W Desert); Haix Alaska (Cold Weather); and Iturri Karimor (Cold… Read More

Military Boots: Cushioning, Comfort & Ground Reaction Force

Research Paper Title Shock attenuation characteristics of three different military boots during gait. Background Musculoskeletal injuries are related to the cushioning properties of boots in military populations. This study aimed to compare ground reaction force (GRF) and subjective perceived comfort from two different military boots supplied by the Brazilian Army with a commercial boot. Methods… Read More

Boot Camp and Your Arches

Introduction You are most likely at a time in your life when big changes are happening or are about to happen. So you have signed up for a branch of the armed forces and it is time to prepare for boot camp. Hopefully, your recruiter will have given you a list to help inform you… Read More

Does Wearing Combat Boots Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis & Combat Boots A common search phrase regarding plantar fasciitis is whether it can be caused by wearing combat boots. The Simple Answer No, not directly. The Longer Answer The general consensus has moved away from inflammation as the cause to microtears in the origin of the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation. With… Read More