Kanady vzor 60
A pair of black vz. 60 combat boots[1]
Type: Combat boots
Designation: Kanady Vz.60
Place of origin: Czechoslovakia
Produced: 1960-1972
Manufacturer(s): Svit
Material(s): leather, rubber, metal
Evolved from: M43 combat boots
Evolved into: Kanady vz. 62[2], Kanady vz. 72
Used by: Czechoslovak People's Army, DRA Army,[3][4] 154th OSN GRU "Muslim Battalion"
Wars: Soviet–Afghan War
The Kanady vzor 60 (Czech for Combat boots pattern 1960) are combat boots of Czechoslovak origin.[5][6][7]


The Kanady vzor 60 are made of leather and have high top cuffs with double buckles in the US M43 style. The lace holes are seven and have eyelets. The soles are made of rubber and have unique pattern, which is not seen on other combat boots. The most distinctive feature of the soles is that they are bolted with three screws on the front.[8]


Czechoslovakia was one of the most advanced and industrialized countries of the Eastern Bloc after World War II. Although, the USSR used to control its "Warsaw Pact" allies very tightly, up to the smallest details. However, apart from political and economic issues, the satellites of the Soviet Union were free in their own development of such "little things" as uniforms, footwear and other equipment.

The Czechoslovak footwear developers were quick to adapt to the trend of transferring to high-laced boots during the late 1950s. The vz. 60 boots were introduced to service with the Czechoslovak People's Army in 1960 and their design is apparently based on the US M43 boots especially evident by the cuffs and straps being in one piece.

The vz. 60 boots gained popularity in the Eastern Bloc and as such were later used also by the army of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and saw service during the Soviet–Afghan War. The Soviet 154th OSN GRU "Muslim Battalion" made use of these boots in addition to other DRA equipment while disguising as DRA personnel during the storming of the Tajbeg Palace in Operation Storm-333.

They were being made until 1972 when they were replaced by newer Vz.72 (Vzor 1972) boots, which were also featuring buckles, however of completely different design and buckling. The Vz.60 boots had silver (chrome lined) buckles, which were a sewn onto the side - non overlapping side of the boot (like in case of Yugoslavian army boots) and with straps as an extension of the rest of the leather, while the Vz.72 (along with different soles, but with same number of reinforcement screws) featured different, metallic buckles with reversible buckling; the buckles were now a part of the front, overlapping part of the boot and were sewn onto the rest of leather and reinforced with a single screw while the straps were located in previous buckles place. The Vz.72 boots are almost always incorrectly also called Vz.60, due to which many think that they are just another variant of Vz.60 boots.

Vz.60 boots also had model for officers, the Vz.62 (Vzor 1962) which featured brown leather instead of the usual black and different soles without reinforcement screws. Both models were discontinued when the new, Vz.72 boot was introduced, which was also adopted by officers, thus eliminating the difference between officer's and rest of the soldier's boots.




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