The Army is testing new combat boot design prototypes after thousands of soldiers responded to a survey they would rather buy their own than wear Army-issued boots. The boots pictured are not part of the test. (U.S. Army)

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U.S. Army footwear experts have begun field-testing a handful of new combat boot designs after thousands of soldiers responded to a survey that they would rather buy their own than wear service-issued boots.

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arine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei

It’s out of the desert and into the jungle for soldiers stationed in tropical areas as the Army’s new jungle boot is field tested by the 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.

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Sarah Sicard

After nearly two decades of trudging around moist, tropical terrain in boots designed for desert wear, the Army has a new jungle combat boot. The first of two brigade combat teams will be outfitted with those boots beginning some time in March, according to Army Times.

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U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison

Wars are fought and ultimately won by the troops who slog through grime and uneven ground to take the hill. One of the most important and easily overlooked pieces of equipment for that service member is the combat boot.

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