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Old 08-03-2007, 05:13 PM
David Simmons David Simmons is offline
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Originally Posted by Valgard
I think the reason that paratroopers wear high, laced boots is because they are combat soldiers who are going to have to hike a jillion miles carrying 100lbs of equipment on their back after they have landed. In all my time skydiving, including some extremely hard openings (round reserve ride at terminal velocity), I have never seen or heard of anyone having their sneakers/sandals/other footwear come off due to opening shock. You'd have to be totally unlaced for that to happen.
Many soldiers walk many miles through rough country and wear just plain high topped shoes. Whether or not they were really necessary, the stated reason in WWII for the boots was the one I furnished.