27 June 2012

From Ox-hide to Ion-mask – Hi-Tec looks at the humble boot through the ages

From Ox-hide to Ion-mask – Hi-Tec looks at the humble boot through the ages

Excavations and subsequent carbon dating of artefacts found in Ancient Greek tombs have revealed evidence of terracotta boots dating all the way back to 900 BCE. Further remains of Ox-hide boots have been discovered in the Xinjiang Province of China, attesting to the truly worldwide popularity and recognition of the practicality of the lowly boot. This demonstrates the fact that boots have been used for labour and recreational purposes for millennia, providing protection to the feet of both the humble Ancient Greek labourer and the 20th Century superstar, Nancy Sinatra. Nancy once said “These boots are made for walkin’” – we think she had the right idea.

A Military Perspective

The long standing affair between the military and a good, sturdy pair of boots speaks for itself. Even the soldiers of the Roman legions wore hobnail boots, called ‘caligae. Throughout the Renaissance period, service boots were buckle fastened, before being succeeded in the early 19th Century by their classic lace up descendent.  Elastic and Velcro variants now exist, but lace-up boots are still widely preferred. Our sister company, Magnum, has been involved in making and developing combat boots since its creation in 1982 and in 2006, the Magnum Stealth booth became the #1 selling uniform boot in the world.

The Rise of Rambling

Although principally used for practical means for the majority of its history, the increasing prominence of recreational walking as a past time has aided the development and diversification of boots. Hiking boots are designed to be versatile and provide comfort and stability throughout hours of walking over rough or uneven ground. They are typically resistant against water, mud and wind, protecting your feet from the elements. Hi-Tec have recently engineered ion-mask™ technology, revolutionising the domain of breathable, durable and water resistant materials by nano-coating the entire boot in a protective layer over 1000 times thinner than a human hair.

Who would have thought the humble boot could come so far?

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