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U.S.N. Field Shoe (N-1)

Natural Chromexcel Roughout

True-to-Size: For an ideal fit, we suggest selecting your "true" size as measured on the Brannock Device or your typical size in dress shoes or other fine footwear. You should expect a somewhat snug fit that will become more personalized with regular wear as the leather stretches and conforms to your foot.

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Field Boot

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Reissue of U.S.N. Field Shoes (N-1) developed for the Pacific Theater and first deployed in 1943. Made according to the original specifications including period-appropriate marks.

Hand-Lasted 270° Goodyear Welt Construction. Horween® Chromexcel® Roughout "Marine Field Shoe" Leather. Unstructured Toe. Dr. Sole 1122 Raw Cord Sole & Matching 1102w Raw Cord Heel with Brass Tacks Double Rapid Stitch and Natural Edge Stain. Barbour® Welt. Calfskin Vamp Lining. Contrast Stitching. Brown Enamel Brass Eyelets. Brown Woven Laces.

Includes Boot Bags Made in USA from Coyote Brown #10 Milspec Cotton Duck.

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Elston Last

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Developed to embody the character of Chicago, the Elston last is engineered specifically for our line of Everyday Boots, providing exceptional all-day comfort for nearly all foot types with a generous toe box.

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Dr. Sole 1122 Raw Cord Sole

Dr. Sole 1122 Raw Cord Sole Technical Drawing

Inspired by the cork soles of the famous U.S.N. N-1 "Field Boot" used in WWII, the 1122 includes numerous improvements, including greater durability, shock absorption, and a reduction in weight. Perhaps the most notable improvement is its traction which comes courtesy of the pulverized hemp cord embedded into the nitrile rubber compound. Each sole is affixed to a thick layer of leather and paired with a matching Dr. Sole 1102w Raw Cord Heel.

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Horween® Chromexcel® Roughout

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Horween's Roughout is a version of its famous Chromexcel® with the rough side out. Similar to a rugged suede in texture, but with a firmer hand and color that deepens and develops a beautiful patina with wear.

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We are 100% committed to manufacturing all our footwear and accessories in the United States.

Fully Recraftable

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All our footwear is 100% recraftable, meaning it can be re-soled again and again.

By 1943, the U.S. Navy had become a far more versatile force, with shore parties, construction battalions, and amphibious units—roles that had historically been filled by Marines, Army Engineers, and so forth. Thus, the need arose for more robust general-purpose footwear. With time and resources in short supply, it was decided the Field Shoes adopted by the Marine Corps in 1941 (known colloquially as ‘Boondockers’) should be recommissioned as the primary field shoe for Navy personnel, which was then designated under Specification 72-S-2, and issued in 1943 as part of the Navy’s new N-1 uniform standard.

The Field Shoe was developed to withstand amphibious assaults, featuring then-new water-resistant ‘Marine Field Shoe’ leather developed by Horween. Many know this leather as “Natural Chromexcel Roughout,” but Horween’s invoices say ‘Marine Field Shoe’ to this day. Rubber soles were another necessary novelty, but because rubber was in short supply, the specification called for “cork” soles that contained scraps of hemp cord.

Since its debut, the Navy’s Field Shoe would come to have a broad and lasting impact on the design and manufacture of boots of all sorts—including our very own Field Boot. To celebrate its 80th Anniversary, we are reissuing the U.S.N. Field Shoe (N-1), featuring Horween’s ‘Marine Field Shoe’ leather, of course, with an unstructured toe, just like the original. Dr. Sole’s 1122 Raw Cord sole & matching 1102w Raw Cord heel are not only inspired by those of the originals but objectively superior. The sole is finished with the same number of brass tacks and same double rapid stitch as our 1943 reference specimen. We also made sure that all the marks and packaging were period-appropriate and that they were spot-matched for some of the typographic standards used by defense contractors in 1943.

Of course, there is one notable difference between the original and our reissue: Rather than being stamped out by the million, each of our U.S.N. Field Shoes is hand-lasted and hand-finished.

Boot Bags Made in USA from Coyote Brown #10 Milspec Cotton Duck
Each pair includes Boot Bags Made in USA from Coyote Brown #10 Milspec Cotton Duck.

Milspec Cotton Duck Boot Bags

Before shoving off, sailors are mustered with seabags containing all required uniform components—and the list is long, including two belts, four types of cap, four undershirts in each of two colors, a parka, a peacoat, five types of trousers, a towel, and so on. The bags are made from domestically sourced cotton duck, and sailors must claim their bag with "Ownership Markings" consisting of their surname, first and middle initial (if applicable). Today, these markings must be stenciled, but in WWII, sailors would lay claim to their seabag with their own hand, some taking great care to do so while others would make their marks rather offhandedly. Each pair of our U.S.N. Field Shoes include two boot bags, made in USA from coyote brown #10 milspec cotton duck, with a small screen-printed form to aid in the application of Ownership Markings.

Signs of the Times

All marks on the product and packaging not only period appropriate, but inspired by some of the more notable contractors involved in U.S.N. Field Shoe production, including International Shoe Company and The Narrow Fabric Company (The latter, it must be said, had what must be the best of all possible trade names for a lacemaker). Since design and typographic standards were more utilitarian concerns in the war era, what visual consistency there was in the labeling and packaging of equipment produced by third parties was usually a result of there being a handful of widely used type families, particularly those designed by Morris Fuller Benton. In the development of our U.S.N. Field Shoes (N-1), we created a simple, utilitarian visual system based on a few design motifs used by contractors of the original boot, including the use of Benton’s Franklin Gothic and Schoolbook—in charmingly-inconsistent widths and weights.

Labels & packaging for the U.S.N. Field Shoes (N-1) by Oak Street Bootmakers
Labels & packaging take cues from those produced by contractors involved in the manufacture of the original U.S.N. Field Shoes.