The 1939 pattern (22/C 225-233) is the rarest of the WW2 period RAF footwear. In order to save leather the order went out to construct the leg part out of vulcanised canvas material, the problem was that the canvas absorbed water and this would freeze when the aeroplane reached the desired height, hence the short one year production period and scarcity of the original vintage items.
Modern-day pilot Andy Goodall and his WW2 Hurricane fighter plane. Note our repro white D Lewis Summer flying suit
Our modern boots are made to the original spec with real shearling wool linings, calf leather, as per the originals, and a dry waxed canvas which, unlike the originals, actually does keep water out of the fabric. Just like the originals, these boots are manufactured exclusively for us in Northampton, England. Calf leather 'Flying boots No. 204A' also available.
Sizes: UK 6 - UK 12, Height from base to top eg.
Another photo of Andy Goodall’s boots in use
Non-slip British Dainite heel and milled leather sole, Goodyear welted to enable re-soling when necessary
Pull-on Loops and British Shearling Lining
1930’s D Lewis Ltd Label
As part of the official RAF 100 event in July 2018 our flying boots were worn by current RAF pilots with the MK16 Spitfire in the background
Today our boots are still hand-made here in Northampton, home of British boot making, the original patterns and cutting knives are still used in the production and construction of the boots ensuring authenticity.
The boots are made in limited batches, when the current stock starts to sell out, we re-order.
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