As with most other items of clothing and equipment, footwear of Second World War pattern and manufacture was worn postwar by Canadian soldiers until existing stocks ran out. In addition, new patterns were trialed and adopted beginning in the late 1940s. Web anklets (gaiters) were eventually withdrawn from service and replaced by puttees.
Black shoes were worn by Other Ranks in offices or when walking out, various patterns of boots were worn on patrol duties or in the field. Officer's boots and shoes generally conformed to the patterns worn during the war.
Postwar patterns of ankle boots were generally similar in design to the wartime Boots, GS. Both rubber and leather soled boots were worn, rubber soles were introduced as rubber was no longer a scarce strategic resource as it was during the Second World War. For parade use, and to reduce wear on the soles, steel heel and toe cleats were worn in a similar manner to that in the Second World War.
Issued for cold wet weather, Boots, Rubber Bottom, Leather Top were less than affectionally known by the soldiers as Rotten Bottom Leaky Tops. A Second World War design, Boots, RBLT were only marginally superior to the ankle boot in wet weather and were virtually useless in extreme cold. They were however very popular in Korea during the temperate seasons.
In 1963, high topped "Boots, Combat, General Service" were adopted by the Canadian Army as part of the new Combat Uniform. The GS Combat Boot utilized a new process of footwear manufacturing at that time, the direct moulded sole. In this process the sole and heel are moulded and vulcanized in one piece onto the uppers. This provided a waterproof seam at the juncture of the uppers and the sole. The boot is leather-lined and has a strong leather insole to permit the absorption of foot moisture. GS Combat boots were produced in Mark 1 and Mark 2 versions. The Mk 2 version incorporates a speed-lace closure, modification to the pattern to give even greater protection from moisture and improved counter (heel stiffener) materials.
Combat boots Marks 1 and 2 were quite successful and had an expected service life of 18 - 24 months.
When worn with ankle boots, cloth puttees provide more ankle support and are more effective in keeping sand and pebbles out of the boots than web anklets. Sometime in the 1950s, Provost began replacing the khaki coloured tapes with white tapes. This eventually became as much a Provost dress distinction as the white anklets had been during the Second World War.