I was in the infantry, the walking branch. And boy, did we walk a lot. When you put that many miles on your poor feet, footwear becomes, if not quite a fetish, then certainly a topic of more than passing interest.
Ever heard of the KISS principle? Keep. It. Simple. Stupid.
If you poke around on these interwebbythingies, you can find about 15 gazillion types of boots. As for me, my favorite footwear while in the Army was the early issue jungle boot.
Light, comfortable, and best of all, cheap. In anything other than cold weather, they were just about the perfect boot. In fact, they were so comfortable, after a pair had been sufficiently broken in, I could wear them without socks.
Another nice thing was that in Hawaii, they were “organizational clothing” which meant we were issued two pair when we arrived, and when they wore out, would be replaced at no cost.
In other units, while they weren’t issued, they were permitted for wear. You would have been hard pressed to find a troop that didn’t have at least one pair of jungle boots.
Sadly, the Army, in its infinite wisdom, found some supposed shortcomings with the jungle boot. And they proceeded to “improve” the boot. They changed the canvas color from green to black, added a padded collar to the top of the boot, and added speed-laces to them. The net effect was a boot that was no more comfortable or durable, but sure as heck cost a lot more, and frankly, didn’t look nearly as good.