Founder John Rice was quite the renaissance man as you can see from his bio taken from the Courteney Boot website. What it does not tell you is that, “during the Rhodesian Bush War every able bodied male had to go on patrol for a part of each month. The footwear issued by the Rhodesian Military was not durable enough so John decided to make his own. Rhodesia was under strict United Nations sanctions, so unable to find any suitable soles he went looking for them in the local junkyard and found discarded military tires he cut up and used. Their iconic “Tyre Tread” pattern is still the most popular sole option today. After his mates saw his boots they began asking him to make them a pair and the rest is history. Many of the military personnel went into professional hunting after the war and they hosted clients from all over the world and helped spread the word about this marvelous product, Today Courteney enjoys an almost cult like following among global adventurers who want a warm weather, all leather boot that is cool when it is hot outside. Professional Hunters (PH’s) affectionately call them the “10,000 mile” boot. While the thick game skin uppers (Kudu, Cape buff, Ostrich, Hippo, Nile Croc, etc.) have a lot to do with their legendary durability, it is the pure rubber sole that really makes the difference.”
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