M37 lowboots – Aeterna Schuhfabriks – 1942
Eversince 1937, Soldiers in the German army received a pair of Schnürschuhe (lowboots) next to their issue pair of Knobelbecher(Jackboots). They where first only meant as a part of the Drillichanzug(a offwhite uniform for basic training made of linen HBT) but as the war progressed the Schnürschuhe saw action on the front. They where meant to be worn with Gamaschen(Gaiters) to overlap the boots with the trousers.
The Schnurschuhe are always made following a certain army design. they close with a set of 5 eyelets and 4 speed lace hooks. Later in the war the 4 speed lace hooks where omitted and replaced by 4 eyelets. The sole consists of 3 major components; the heel, the base sole and the front half sole. The heel is constructed of a series of stacked leather pieces and has a steel heel iron. The base sole is slightly curved and stretches from front to back. It is both stitched and nailed with wooden pegs. The Stitches normally run in a “hidden stitch” left and right of the wooden pegs. The front half sole was affixed with wooden pegs and carries a number of steel hobnails. Though most boots come out of the factory untanned, the sides of the soles where always blackened. The soldiers where ordered to blacken the boots until it was discontinued in 1943.
This is the textbook German m37 lowboot. There are off course variations, especially later in the war.
Sole length: 28
Sole width: 5
Lot number: 5073
Maker: Aeterna Schuhfabriks-Aktiengesellschaft, WIEN-ATZGERSDORF.
Material: Unblackened leather
Notes: Aeterna means eternal in Latin. Are these boots meant for eternity? Maybe if I keep them safe in my collection ; – ) The original leather laces have metal tips to guide the supple leather through the individual eyelets.