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Has anyone else had problems with melting soles? I wore my shiny pair of CAB to an event last night and they started to dissolve into to floor, leaving a trail of what looked like tar everywhere I went. I ended up peeling off the soles during the interval and binning them. They came off very easily.

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Bought a pair from a friend and found they'd started doing exactly the same whilst stored in the back of my wardrobe . Just put them in the skip the other day .

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I thought mine was caused by the metal pedals on my truck. Is this typical made down to a price british kit

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I had the same problem with a brand new pair of desert boots I had kept for years waiting for the right time to wear them-didnt get a chance as had to bin them,should have wore the bloody things when I first bought them.

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Boot's, Assault. This is a now known common defect with these Boot's, sadly! :cry:

 

I was issued them in my Second Career when moving from the Reg Army, To the Then TA. (Now the Reserve Forces) :nut:

 

They were comfortable & a huge leap forward from the Old DMS Boots! However, it has transpired, that for some reason.

If you do NOT wear them very regularly, the soles deteriorate rapidly & disintegrate!!! :-X

 

I had this happen a few years back. When I climbed back into uniform. To take a Ferret to a Fund Raising Event.

VERY disconcerting to be walking about in Public, & finding 'Bit's' of rubber all over the place! :nut:

 

I later discovered, that the manufacturers had moved the machinery around in their factory production lines for some reason?

And this had disturbed the callibration of the various components that went into moulding the soles.

 

Why the machines weren't checked prior to commencing production again. remains a mystery!...............:(

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Direct-injected polyurethane soles. We've had terrible trouble with safety boots at work in the odd smaller and larger sizes that sit on the shelf...after five or six years, it's usually possible to pull unused soles off by hand - I've seen it happen with the natural 'brown' and with black soles.

 

They're supposed to be chemical-resistant but can't stand a few years in a warm atmosphere. I don't know how the manufacturers get away with it really.

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i just noticed some sudden softening of my soles after a public event they have gone from hard rubber to a a point that I can easily bend the grips. I will keep an eye to make sure they don't get worse.

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If they're the combat assault boots they will get worse, it's just a matter of time. They make a real mess too! It's a shame, they will be rare one day.

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yeah, I think they must be, they are the upgrade of the awful "Boots Hi-leg" and Identical to boots I was issued in the early 90's, which fits in with the Op Granby date. I have seen boots in worse condition mine haven't quite got there yet, Oh well.

I might try the re-sole option.

I do have a copy of Boots combat High, which look identcal and have the zig-zag tread  but the leather is different, I've been told they are Canadian. they seem ok so I can wear them for Public events. shame though, they aren't as comfy!

 

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On 12/9/2015 at 10:27 PM, 79x100 said:

Direct-injected polyurethane soles. We've had terrible trouble with safety boots at work in the odd smaller and larger sizes that sit on the shelf...after five or six years, it's usually possible to pull unused soles off by hand - I've seen it happen with the natural 'brown' and with black soles.

 

They're supposed to be chemical-resistant but can't stand a few years in a warm atmosphere. I don't know how the manufacturers get away with it really.

I guess you could say, The Manufacturers now. 'Aint got no Soul'!...…………...Ill get 'Me coat!...….🤓

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