1936 Pattern flying boots : Royal Australian Air Force

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL29725
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Leather, Metal, Rubber
Maker Bedggood Shoes Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c 1936-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

A pair of 1936 pattern flying boots in black leather. The upper section of each boot features an adjustment strap, which is fastened by a buckle. The inside upper portion of the boot is lined with natural cream coloured lambs wool. Inside each boot is a pair of leather pull tabs, one carrying the maker's stamp, 'MADE BY BEDGGOOD MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA', and the other printed with, 'SIZE 10 FITTING 6'. Around the ankle of each is a black leather strap, held in place by two loops on the inner side of the ankle, and fastened by a black coloured metal buckle. The black leather soles are marked with maker's name, 'BEDGGOOD' and an illegible imprint in the black rubber heels.

History / Summary

The 1936 pattern flying boot was a style worn extensively by RAF and RAAF pilots throughout the Second World War. The RAAF wore boots manufactured in Melbourne by Bedggood, Australia.