29 May 2012

Army parade boots can't take the heat

9:58 am on 29 May 2012

The Australian Defence Force admits the rubber soles are falling off dress boots made in China that soldiers are expected to wear for official parades.

Defence officials say the problems began in 2008 when the tender to make the boots was won by a Chinese company.

The boots were returned to the manufacturer for extra stitching and nails to hold them together. However, the glue is still failing in hot conditions in Darwin and Townsville.