This pair of U.S.N. N-1 Boots was created in 1945 by order of Fleet Admiral William Halsey Jr., as a gift for his counterpart at the helm of the Royal Navy, Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten. Unlike all other U.S. Navy boots of the period, these were fitted atop British-made Itshide Commando soles—symbolizing the combined strength of the Allied Naval Forces.
Okay, that might have been a bit of an exaggeration. This is actually our Field Boot in C.F. Stead’s Gaucho Waxed Kudu Leather, made just this year. It was not commissioned by Admiral Halsey. But the Field Boot actually was inspired by the U.S.N. N-1 Boot, and this one is indeed paired with Itshide Commando soles—the same as those used by British troops in WWII. And it absolutely commemorates the deep and mutual respect between American and English bootmakers. Sir Mountbatten may never have experienced the pleasure of lacing these up, but if you were to acquire one of the last remaining pairs, that gratification would belong exclusively to you. - 9 minutes ago