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Vietnam Era Jungle Boot Style #7189

Average Rating: 4.8 / 5 out of 23 reviews - Write a review

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Fit is consistent with standard issue military footwear. Boots should be purchased a full size smaller than casual shoes.



BottomRubber Panama DMS outsole to exact spec used in 1967. Molded on original press equipment.
ComfortRemovable/replaceable polyurethane footbed.
UpperBlack Full-grain leather and heavy weight olive drab cotton duck as used in original boot.
Closure SystemNylon coated speedhook & eyelet lace system.
VentilationNylon coated brass drainage vents in inside arch for rapid drying in wet conditions.
OriginMade in USA
SizesSizes available: 5 - 12, 13 R & W
DescriptionBack by popular demand, this is an authentic version of the original Jungle Boot as used during the Vietnam era. We still make it with the vulcanized DMS Panama outsole on the original equipment McRae used when the boot was a contract/mil-spec item. These boots, (also in alternate color combinations) remain popular due to their great durability, comfort, value.


Average Rating: 4.8 / 5 out of 23 reviews - Write a review

By: Eric H (Verified Purchase) on May 11, 2020 at 10:48 pm
Rated: 3.0
These boots are very comfortable right out of the box. Leather breaks in faster than I thought. Canvas is true canvas and feels very durable. My only gripe, and it is a big one, is that these are NOT good year welt. Which basically means once the sole gets worn out they cannot be resoled and end up in the garbage. No boot at this price should not be made without a Goodyear welt to be resoled. Loses major points for this.
By: Marion D Watts (Verified Purchase) on May 04, 2020 at 05:30 pm
Rated: 5.0
This is my second review of the Jungle Boot. I feel it appropriate because I purchased an additional pair. I was issued 2 pair, back in the day and feel that I should keep 2 serviceable now. Great boots McRae! Thank you. <br /> <br /> Marion D Watts <br /> 1st Cav Soldier for Life
By: James g (Verified Purchase) on May 02, 2020 at 01:58 am
Rated: 4.0
Standing Mobile Banking experience I give These Boots a 7 if they had them that high the problem with these boots and I gave him a 4 or the speed lasers the old style when we were in the military wer eyelets the speed laces they hurt your ankles I was taught to lace up my boots give me some support but these islets bite into you really bad I'll probably order another pair but I'll probably take them to a shoe repair store and have the speed laces removed and eyelets installed if this company would go back to the original eyelets they would be awesome I'd probably order me another pair but I sure wish his company would go back to the original eyelets
By: Mason (Verified Purchase) on Mar 10, 2020 at 10:42 am
Rated: 5.0
I just bought a pair to replace my 10 year old NOS pair. The quality of the new boots feels identical, and the speedhooks are an excellent addition. So far I'm very happy with these, and hope to wear this pair for just as long if not longer.
By: Joe (Verified Purchase) on Feb 21, 2020 at 12:58 am
Rated: 5.0
Bought these in 2018 I think. Have the nylon tops as well. These are both great boots. Cotton tops quieter and easier to work in but break in is quick and then look great and get better with age.
By: Dave McB (Verified Purchase) on Feb 05, 2020 at 03:00 am
Rated: 5.0
I always did love jungle boots like these, but drifted away from them. They always seemed too big. But, DUH, that was because I was buying them IN MY SIZE. I don’t know where my head was at. I very much mistrusted the idea of buying boots a whole size smaller. An email to McRae detailing what size I wore, in both American boots and foreign running shoes (they differ) brought an immediate response, from a company VP no less, making recommendations on what size Jungle Boot to buy and assuring me that I could always send it back. I could not be happier with the boots I received. I will say though, that they are tight to get into. Another reviewer used that phrase, and I didn’t understand his meaning at the time. I do now. I had a devil of a time getting my feet down into the boots at first. It gets easier, but I still can’t just slip these boots on. You got to work at it a little. I don’t remember having that problem in years past, but back then my ankles were probably more... graceful, or something. At least these boots FIT good, lots better than the old ones. I still can’t believe I didn’t know enough to buy my boots a size SMALLER. Thank you, McRae, for building such a good product. And doing it in the USA.
By: Charles Wappler (Verified Purchase) on Jan 23, 2020 at 05:28 pm
Rated: 5.0
I'm retired Army and set out to find a good pair of jungle boots. I wore them almost every day for 20 years. After an exhaustive search and several purchases and returns, I finally found a jungle of the same quality as the military issue boot. As it turns out McRae is one of the companies the government contracted with to make USGI jungle boots. McRae has been making combat boots for the military since 1967. Superior quality to anything else. They are more expensive, but you get quality like nothing else out there. If you see jungle boots anywhere for under $90, it's cheap imported crap that falls apart. These boots are made to last, take care of them and and you can wear them until the soles wear thru. Leather needs polish. These soak up a couple coats of polish and the they really start to shine. Good kiwi black polish, a horse hair applicator brush, polishing brush and a buffing rag are all you need. I'll share an old army trick for really getting the leather to soak up the first layer of polish. Make sure the boots are clean, put a good layer of polish on all the leather parts, do both boots, don't use the polishing brush yet. First get a lighter, adjustable flame height is best. Stick one hand inside the boot, hold it up, use the lighter to melt the polish into the leather. It gets deeper into the pores of the leather fast this way. after melting the polish into both boots, let the boots rest for 15 min., then buff them out with the polishing brush. Let them set for an hour and repeat. They should have a pretty good shine by now, and the leather should be sealed up nice. Afterwards clean the boots when you get them dirty, and apply polish without using a lighter. Don't let the leather dry out, keep it nice and supple.
By: Jacob (Verified Purchase) on Nov 16, 2019 at 09:54 pm
Rated: 5.0
I never review things, so these have to be good if they can get me to do that. <br /> <br /> Ordered these a bit ago to replace my Rothco ones (yuck), got them a day later and was very happy with them.<br /> <br /> Extremely comfortable once broken in. After walking for upwards of 20 miles a day at my job, I get no discomfort after being on my feet so much. Outstanding quality and I will most definitely buy from this site again.
By: David (Verified Purchase) on Oct 06, 2019 at 08:25 pm
Rated: 5.0
My original pair from the Marine Corps finally wore out after almost 30 years and I was happy to find these to replace them. Like the originals, break in takes a while but once broken in they are awesome. I use them when training mantrailing K9’s in wet, swampy areas — there is no better boot for this.
By: helenslack (Verified Purchase) on Sep 26, 2019 at 05:56 pm
Rated: 5.0
The Marine Corps was kind enough to share a pair of boots like this with me 47 years ago. These are a close to the original as you going to get. The lacing however is improved.
By: Jason (Verified Purchase) on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:56 am
Rated: 5.0
I had of pair of these even I was younger and I lived then but the heel of the boy would rub really bad on my heel, tore me up a few times. They may not have been the size I needed not sure, but I saw these were back out and decided I wanted to try them again. Got a pair at a army surplus I visit alot and tried then on, so comfortable I decided I was going to give them another go. I have had them for about six months now and I just started really wearing them everyday about a week ago, being a truck driver I thought they might get uncomfortable. Will I was wrong the more they break in to my feet the better they fill. Thank you from bringing this amazing boots back, I love mine.
By: Alex (Verified Purchase) on Jun 20, 2019 at 03:23 am
Rated: 4.0
Awesome boots, but very tight to get into. I hope this changes over time but will probably not. The boots are well made, if they would fit better I would get another pair.
By: Matt Overton (Verified Purchase) on May 14, 2019 at 02:58 am
Rated: 5.0
These are excellent boots. Very similar to the ones we wore in the 80’s and early 90’s. The original jungle boots we had, didn’t have the speed lace system, like the later black issue boots. But besides that, very nice boots.
By: Marion Watts (Verified Purchase) on Feb 01, 2019 at 09:42 pm
Rated: 5.0
Great boot. Makes an old soldier feel young again. May even help to keep Kiwi in business. I hope that you keep making this great icon.
By: Frank (Verified Purchase) on Dec 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm
Rated: 5.0
By: Perry (Verified Purchase) on Aug 02, 2018 at 01:08 pm
Rated: 5.0
Got my Jungle boots and love them same size as the Cordura Green McRae Jungles used to make. Hope you go back to the Green Cordura as I feel it last longer and don't fade. Wish there and was a updated one with the softer dual pattern Vibrams .
By: Helmut (Verified Purchase) on Jul 20, 2018 at 03:46 pm
Rated: 5.0
Save wherever you can, but NEVER EVER save on your footwear! These boots are the real deal, durable and the most comfortable I ever had. They are perfect for long walks or marches and will keep your feet protected and dry even in hot weather. <br /> <br /> In the Vietnam era, most of these boots had a steel shank for spike protection. According to a flyer that comes with the boots, McRae is also producing the steel sole version again by special order. So if that's something you need, give them a call!
By: Eric (Verified Purchase) on Jul 06, 2018 at 04:23 pm
Rated: 5.0
I bought these boots for building portage trails up in Quetico Provincial park and the Minnesota parks where our feet were wet nearly constantly and they held up incredibly well from sharp rocky landings to portaging through chest deep moose muck. they were just as comfortable wet as they are dry and I am the only guy on the crew who's boots were not falling apart by the end. I still wear them for hiking and they are like slippers, I've never worn a more comfortable and durable boot.
By: Eddie (Verified Purchase) on May 08, 2018 at 12:24 pm
Rated: 5.0
Thank you McRae Footwear for bringing back this boot. Got my first pair from Uncle Sam back in 1968. This is the real deal in a Jungle Boot. Light weight and good support. This Old Man has Happy Feet again.
By: Ward Stone (Verified Purchase) on May 03, 2018 at 03:15 am
Rated: 5.0
Great boot; it's the real deal! I feel so lucky that McRae reintroduced this boot. The Army's current issued hot weather boot is horrible for wearing wet and walking long distances. These reintroduced 1967 jungle boots wear just like the originals -- they are perfect for wearing in water and walking long distances. They are also great for warm dry environments. There is no other footwear that provides the protection and comfort of these boots. Thank you McRae -- I needed these boots; you have made me and my feet happy. I am a healthy, physically fit, and active 65 year old Army veteran.
By: George Washburn (Verified Purchase) on Apr 30, 2018 at 03:25 pm
Rated: 5.0
I wore boots nearly identical to these in the Army Infantry back in the 1980's. Still the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. Once broken in they feel like slippers and they are light and airy. The only difference in these is the addition of speed laces (a good thing) and the newer footbed (also a good thing). I just ordered a pair of the all leather combat boots that are similar to these and I'll probably order some more jungles before they stop making them!
By: Matthew Brewer (Verified Purchase) on Apr 06, 2018 at 02:28 am
Rated: 5.0
Great boots! Excellent quality! Excellent durability! Wear mine at work. Bulk fuels tank truck driver. Excellent grip on the soles and the panama sole sheds mud with ease. Lightweight and very comfortable. Made in USA! Customer service at McRae Footwear is excellent. 100% satisfied and proud to wear my McRae Jungle Boots! Thanks McRae!
By: Steven (Verified Purchase) on Feb 24, 2018 at 03:51 pm
Rated: 5.0
I ordered my jungle boots and got them within 2 days, all I have to say is these boots are the best I have ever worn!! Love them!!!