Boots | St. Louis Public Radio


New recruits line up for outdoor lunch on a cold and windy day at Fort Leonard Wood. Some of them are wearing the current version of the boots, others are testing new designs.
Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

Lt. Col. Alfred Boone saw a disturbing trend among the new recruits he oversees at Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks.

“Infected blisters, hairline fractures, hip strains,” Boone said, describing the increase in injuries among the new soldiers.

Boone said the Army had a hunch that its iconic boots — the tan, heavy, high laced footwear — were to blame, because so many of the new recruits have never before worn hard-soled shoes.

Review: Boots kicks in with a dose of reality

Jan 25, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 25, 2009 - In the midst of all the hoopla, hope and humanity generated by the Barackalypse, it had to happen: a reality check, something to remind us that the world still is in a desperate state and one election won’t — can’t — change all that’s wrong with this country.

Actually, reality checks have been springing up all over the place, if you care to look for them, in magazines and newspapers and, naturally, the Internet.