Nike’s Tactical Jungle Combat Boots Were Inspired By The Vietnam War

While Nike trades primarily in sport performance and lifestyle footwear, they sometimes draw inspiration from interesting, unexpected sources. For instance, their new tactical SFB Jungle WP boots were created to pay homage to combat boots used during the Vietnam War and, interestingly, Army football.

The M-1966 jungle boots were originally worn by the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam and the details highlight that fact — including their distinctive crossed-sabre icon, a tongue logo inspired by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, helicopter silhouettes, a 1st Cavalry heel logo, and even a “120 Dec 14 19” graphic on the inside of the right boot modeled after sizing info from the M-1966. Pair that with a dynamic lacing system and aggressive all-terrain traction and it’s easy to see what’s so special about these limited-edition $200 tactical boots. Best of all, they’re available for purchase right now.

Purchase: $200