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    What colour RAF Flying boots???

    I am talking about the 1936 pattern RAF Flying Boots.
    Aero claims to be white - but looks brown (same colour as the Irvin)
    Even seen pictures of Paddys Flying boots. The sheepskin looked brown too.
    Isn't white sheepskin the true colour?
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    1936 pattern boots

    I have seen some variation between different examples and some have probably become darker with age, but the sheepskin used in all RAF flying boots is cream or off-white. I suppose it's tempting to assume that it would be gold or brown like RAF sheepskin jackets, but that is caused by the effect of the tanning process used on jackets. I have a pair of Aero repros and I would described them as 'cream', nowhere near brown and nothing like a sheepskin jacket. When compared to originals, they aren't far out in terms of lining colour. The seams are another matter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Eardley
    The seams are another matter...
    How so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by "Doc" Devereux
    How so?
    Yes Allan - please tell.
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    1936 Pattern Boots

    All the original 1936 pattern boots I have been able to examine have a particular configuration of seam on the vamp and counter called a flat seam. The Aero repros (and the defunct Eastman boots) have a lapped seam. It's no big thing, and I suppose I notice these things more than most as I come from a 'shoe town'.

    I remember discussing it with Aero's proprietor when they were trying to get the boots made again and the reason given for not going for the flat seams was, understandably, cost. The Aero boots are fine and very well made, but to me the flat seams 'make the boot' in terms of looks and authenticity and would be a lot more comfortable to most wearers.

    Just my opinion.

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    1936 Pattern Boots

    Here is a shot of the inside of a pair of originals to show the colour:

    ...and another including the label

    ...and another showing the flat seam ('saddle stitching') on the vamp

    Compare it with the photo on the Aero Leather website for a better explanation than I can give! Let me say again, the Aero boots are excellent at the price -they just lack this feature. I think the pair on the website have darker sheepskin than some examples I have seen.

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    Thumbs up NICE!

    Thanks Alan.
    Nice pair of boots!
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    Replicaters in India and RAF flying boots

    Hi
    Anybody know anything on the quality of Replicaters RAF 1936 and 1939 Pattern Flying Boots?
    They show some very nice pictures - but how about the quality???



    The company and their quality was mentioned in another post in "Jackets".
    But nothing on Flying Boots....just wondering?
    Thanks
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    Spitty,

    I would post this over at the RAF reenactors forum...

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/180748/

    also email Sanjay and ask some questions and for some more photos, he is very polite and responsive to emails. Also check who is making them for him, he's a trained tailor not a bootmaker, so somebody else will be doing it for him.

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    Thanks Smithy, I will try that too. Just hoped somebody here had had any experience with boots.

    Anyway - I really like the 1939 pattern allthough I know that to some it's the 1936 that's the real stuff. Just like the spitfire versus the Hurricane, eh?
    But I have seen so many photos of pilots with 39 pattern during BoB. Albert Lewis among others.
    What do you all think, which boots are the true RAF flying boots?
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