In the past we’ve looked at a pair of 1970s Royal Navy ‘steaming bats’ or working boots. Today we’re looking at a very similar pair of boots, but this time they are in brown rather than black leather. The boots are in the form of a short ankle design without toe caps and laced up the front with three pairs of eyelets. The toe of the boot has steel reinforcement under the leather making them ideal for workwear:
Like the more usual black steaming bats, these boots have a thick rubber insulated sole to prevent electrical shocks from exposed power cables. The pattern on the sole, again, is virtually identical to that in the 1970s black Royal Navy work boot:
At the top of the leather on both boots a broad arrow mark can be seen stamped in using a series of small squares, indicating military ownership:
Quite what these boots were used for or by whom is not clear. The Royal Navy was certainly using black boots of the same pattern but who was issued with the brown versions is harder to say. My best guess is that these were used by the RAF possibly in a hangar where the insulated soles would have protected ground crew from static discharges, however this is purely conjecture on my part. So far an extensive hunt online has failed to turn up the intended user of these boots so if you have any ideas please comment below.