a short intro before i post my id request:
i am technically not a collector of militaria, but i appreciate the endurance of military clothing, and therefore buy surplus gear and vintage items quite often.
in the following case, i have purchased a pair of boots on ebay that have been listed as "hiking boots."
after receiving them, i noticed two rows of letters and digits stamped onto the inside of the shaft:
top row -- A181 BMI (or BM1, cannot discern it, really)
bottom row -- A33 4 9 SK112
the inner sole is stamped "9" for the size.
the seller sent me a photograph of her wearing the boots as a three-year-old in 1967, i assume they might be up to a decade older (belonged to her father).
below are the pictures of the boots -- being an absolute layman in this field, i did search around online a bit, and i don't think that civilian footwear had iron-studded leather soles -- but what do i know. judging from the heel, they could be used on skis as well, possibly an alpine/mountain unit boot?
thanks very much in advance for any info you can share, cheers!