USMC Boondockers – WWII Impressions Part 2


Here comes my first after action report. Used the boots for about half a year now. Usage ranged from simple office work, walking the dog and hanging around in bars (😜) to the real stress test: reenacting/airsoft. Completely drenched the boots several times, climbed rocky slopes and used them in very difficult terrain.


The boots hold up great and are comfortable after a short break in period. Since a picture says more than a thousand words I took some photos so you can judge for yourselves. I never dubbed the boots and just cleaned them with a brush and a little bit of water after heavy use.







Yes they are expensive, but you get a comfortable and well made boot. Only complaints are a fewΒ  minor cosmetic imperfections and that the laces that come with the boots are too short and too fat. I would have preferred 7 or 8 eyelets instead of 9, but that is just my personal preference.

~ by m1pencil on May 3, 2015.

14 Responses to “USMC Boondockers – WWII Impressions Part 2”

  1. You’re right about the eyelets. I think there’s at least one (pair) eyelet too much. Further it looks like the heel of the shoe is too low compared to original boonockers or the shape of the sole is not correct. Apart from that these boondockers are the best available and looks real good.

    Jack from Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

    • Hi,Yes the eyelets bug me a bit. Historically there have been boondockers with 9 and 8 eyelets (have spotted them on a few period photos), but 7 seem to be much more common.

  2. Have you ever considering dubbing them? There are several wartime USMC LOI’s referring to consistent dubbing of boondockers to preserve the leather against constant immersion.

    • Yep, but I will probably keep them the way they are (or buy another pair ;)). It seems some were dubbed and some not, maybe it was decided on a unit by unit basis? From what info I could gather the majority seem to have been used without dubbing. Probably can’t go wrong either way.

  3. BTW, replacement repro cord soles and heels can be purchased here:

  4. Fantastic reviews of new and after wear. Thank you for taking the time and effort to do them !
    I have a pair on their way to me based on your reviews. Can’t wait for them to arrive.

  5. Are the boondockers still holding up since this since you made this post? I need new shoes and I’m thinking about buying me a pair. Not going to do reenactments in them since I’m just a collector and not a reenactor, im just going to wear them for everyday use.

  6. Constant wear to the bars and clubs is what really puts a boot to the test. Try maintaining leather on something that regularly gets vodka, gin, and Fireball whiskey spilled all over it, or stabbed in the toe cap by girls’ heels.

    Kudos to a great review. I need to start wearing mine more often!

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