ABU Boot Testing Results
The Air Force Uniform Office has announced that ABU Boot testing has been completed and the Air Force has chosen a full-grain leather boot with a rubber toe and heel to increase curability, wear and resist staining.
Testing was initiated in 2008 after the Uniform Officer began looking for options to increase the stain resistance of the current sage green suede ABU combat boots.
"The intent was to try a boot that is easy to clean, will not stain, and hides scuffs and wear from industrial use" according to the AFUO Chief, Richard Keefer. "The latest test boots have smooth leather, like the old black boots."
Until the new stain-resistant ABU boot is produced, commanders can continue to authorize Airmen to wear black boots in certain work areas. Once the new ABU boot is produced, the black boot policy will be phased out and the new ABU Sage Green stain resistant boot will be worn for industrial use.
The Air Force will publish more information on the new ABU stain resistant boot in the summer of 2010.
Airman, for more information on the new ABU Stain Resistant Boots read the af.mil news story.