The US Army originally developed jump boots (also known as Corcarans) back in 1941 as a tough footwear solution for parachutists to land without injury. Built using a rigid toe cap and some calf-height lacing, they were even fitted with a grippy sole and a beveled heel in order to prevent snags on lines. Such a design was so successful, in fact, that it’s since been emulated by everyone from Germany to Brazil.
Ever an authority when it comes to making military-inspired gear, backpack specialist GORUCK has now taken its own swing at crafting the silhouette. Around the ankle, it’s pretty similar to the original in shape, built with a premium, full-grain leather upper courtesy of the Rostaing Tannery. Underneath, however, it rides on GORUCK’s MACV-1 platform — an incredibly supportive unit that comprises a custom compression insert, a lightweight EVA midsole, and a hard-wearing rubber outsole. Complemented by some shielded drainage holes and an ergonomic 13mm heel-toe offset, it makes for a package that’s breathable, comfortable, and durable as can be. You can pre-order GORUCK’s Heritage Jump Boots now for $195, with delivery expected in January 2022.