More Boots on the Ground

The Army has ordered 165,000 pairs of waterproof, harsh-weather combat boots at a price of $13 million.

At $78 a pair, that’s a pretty good deal on Gore-Tex boots; I paid something like $130 back in 1989.  Of course, they weren’t standard issue then, either.

Presumably, though, this means the Army expects to have quite a large number of soldiers in an environment calling for said boots.

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  1. tom p says:

    At $78 a pair, I wonder how long they will last. I also wonder where they are coming from? Everything is made in China anymore, and my last pair of Redwings ($120) are just about shot after 1 year.

  2. James Joyner says:

    They’re from Bates, an American company that’s made military footwear for generations.

  3. Bill says:

    “…environment calling for said boots.” The North
    Korean environment?

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    Afghanistan or Pakistan, I would think.

  5. markm says:

    I also wonder where they are coming from?

    I know “some” Bates boots are made in the USA but I don’t know if the military boots in the award are or not.

    As for other “domestic” boot manufactures, I was able to find one pair of leather Red Wings with 400g thinsulate that are made in the USA. All others are overseas and the same goes with Rocky, Lacrosse, etc.. That said, like many many other things awarded by low bid, Chinese items are becoming the norm.

  6. If you buy boots 165,000 pair at a time I’ll bet you can get a better price too.

    Or maybe $13M is a cheap way to make someone think we’ll need these boots somewhere they may not be…