He has captured the look of these men to a "tee", extremely well done that man! Don't think there was any "standard" footwear for airmen working on aircraft in the South Pacific theatre, but a lot of it would be American. A favourite was the one the Americans called the "Boondocker" which probably means a lot to them, but practically nothing to me. It was famous for having a "composition" sole, which allegedly had an almost unlimited life (unusual at the time). The shoe leather was worn "inside out" - that is, the "Kip", or rough-side on outside, smooth on inside, and was only boot (so they say) that was sanctioned for use on aircraft. Hob-nail boots were definitely NOT allowed on aircraft. There is at least one official photo showing an airman wearing leather Roman sandles. I think comfort was pretty important to airmen, not so certain if good grip was considered important. David D
Don't think there was any "standard" footwear for airmen working on aircraft in the South Pacific theatre, but a lot of it would be American. David D
The boots may have been American issue, but most of the boots worn by US servicemen in the Pacific were in fact manufactured in New Zealand and Australia, under 'reverse' Lend Lease contracts.
It is interesting how in that photo the long boots seem to be lace-up gumboots.
I think boondockers are suede boots, aren't they?
Yes the boondocker boots you're referring to were a mid brown suede with a rubber sole, often they're referred to as Rough Outs and were extremely popular with RNZAF airmen. I have a pair in my collection, made by Goodyear from memory!!