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Re: Dress Boot "Metal Clickers"
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2005, 09:20:56 »
Wow-this brings back memories! When I was in the RRegtC (1974-1982) quite a few of us got our drill boots completely hobnailled and horseshoed. It was a bit tricky on slippery surfaces, but the sound! Nothing like a guard of honour crunching along the pavement, then crashing to a halt, steel on concrete!

I remember when we did Farewell to Calgary in 1PP in 1997: the sound of a battalion's worth of boots, most of them with clickers or horseshoes, echoing off the walls of the glass canyons downtown was quite impressive.

I still have the heel clickers on my present set of drill boots.

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Re: Dress Boot "Metal Clickers"
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2005, 09:45:00 »
There is also a practical side to having toe/heel cleats.
As taught to me by a wonderful RCR S/M when he was RSS at my unit, they prevent leather soles/heels from wearing down so fast (i.e. especially when you've gone to the expense of having your shoes/boots double/triple-soled, which makes them wonderful for parade square bashing without breaking small bones in your feet).

On my more expensive civvy shoes, I have nylon toe/heel cleats installed ... it's the frugal side of me, I know - cheaper than completely resoling shoes that still have lots of life in their uppers ... (hmmm ... we still don't have a kilted smiley face, I see ...)

And, yes - I love my hobnails, too ... but not when they've just waxed the floors ... yikes - it's worse than skating on Teflon!
Thus, I keep one pair of triple-soled pde boots for wearing with spats (which are inevitably only worn for ceremonial pdes), triple-soled brogues for parade square bashing, another pair of brogues with nylon for and aft cleats for general, gentle usage (e.g. mess kit, since Highland dance with hobnails would end up an Extreme sport on Spike TV ...).
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Re: Dress Boot "Metal Clickers"
« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2005, 09:52:00 »
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As taught to me by a wonderful RCR S/M when he was RSS at my unit

Was that Sgt Maj Boris Damjanoff?

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Re: Dress Boot "Metal Clickers"
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2005, 09:57:19 »
Was that Sgt Maj Boris Damjanoff?

Of course!
Funny story:  I was in the recruiting office, helping fill out some forms for the Verification of Former Service of a guy who'd been in the Cdn Guards decades before.  Suddenly, his back stiffened as he heard those distinctive shoes crossing the parade square purposefully ... and as he rose to his feet to stand ramrod straight for the greeting and inspection he knew would follow, he asked, "Do you have somebody here named Damjanoff?"
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Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #29 on: February 18, 2012, 13:36:31 »
Question for anyone out there who knows, seems to be a slight debate on the topic, but what is the policy on having "clickers" on your parade boots?  As well, if it's permitted, is it a pan-CF thing?  Cheers!

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2012, 13:50:50 »
And I should add the question right off the bat: scenario of a navy instructor at a school (not on ship) wearing them.

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2012, 14:03:29 »
There was a time, in Basic, where you got two sets of ankle boots and two sets of oxfords. One set of each, immediately went to the base shoe maker and were double soled, double heeled and cleated.

I've had a set of boots done that way from '68 til now and it's never been questioned. A number of my soldiers have also had it done.
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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2012, 14:54:49 »
Thanks for responding.  Just so happens I have a set of the old style parades (the good ones, before vibram became a food group) and they are in excellent condition, two hours and they are like glass...but I'm just wondering now, I've heard before that navy senior NCO's not posted to a ship could wear them, but I can't seem to find anything anywhere that says yes OR no. So meanwhile I'd love to have the sharp sound of the boots, I'd rather not be murdered for doing so.  Any insight here?  :-)

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2012, 15:01:53 »
Ask your Chief, or equivalent where you are.
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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2012, 15:04:13 »
Certainly in my plans, but before approaching the CoC on it, wanted to get some input, experience or perhaps find someone who already knows the answer. :-)

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2012, 15:10:15 »
Makes sense not aboard ship. The only place we ever ran into problems was they weren't allowed on the aircraft aprons. Other than those two places, I don't forsee too much flak.
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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2012, 15:19:00 »
Yeah, I suppose I just wanted to make sure it wasn't an "army only" kind of thing. Thanks for the info! 

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2012, 16:23:44 »
The only place we ever ran into problems was they weren't allowed on the aircraft aprons.

Or in aircraft hangars or anywhere around aircraft.

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #38 on: February 18, 2012, 17:42:26 »
Also don't want to wear them in an explosive environment, due to potential spark hazard.
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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2012, 17:50:08 »
There was a time, in Basic, where you got two sets of ankle boots and two sets of oxfords. One set of each, immediately went to the base shoe maker and were double soled, double heeled and cleated.

I've had a set of boots done that way from '68 til now and it's never been questioned. A number of my soldiers have also had it done.

This is still done today (well.... 2008) when new Guardsmen arrive in Ottawa at "Depot" (aka, Carleton University) for the Intensive Drill Period (work-up training)!  I have my set and most recently took them to St Jean for BMOQ.  Sadly, that was probably the last time I will ever wear my beautiful boots with clickers since, "Officers don't wear boots [on parade]!" ....  :(

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #40 on: February 18, 2012, 19:19:19 »
I have clickers on the boots... wear them in my garage(workplace). When people question me, I just tell them I had them done on my PLQ way back. Dodge1936 should remember me there. ;D

Once time clickers were frown at, due to propane engines. But those days are long gone.
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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2012, 10:02:18 »
I've had my boots double soled, had both front and heel with clickers on them for years. I had zero issues with  superiors over the years. Even had to double gun tape them to get onto aircrafts a few times. The only negative side is that I have almost landed on the backside a few times on polished hallway floors. Propane powered vehs were a non issues as I was driving smp with combat/ssf jump/garrison boots.

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Re: Clickers...and the real deal???
« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2012, 11:59:49 »
How did I know you were going to reply after me? =D
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Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2018, 15:51:47 »
Hey everyone,

Quick question, I have a pair of the old style parade boots and they have Clickers on them. What's the policy on Clickers these days? Not sure if it has changed at all.  I stopped wearing them because we weren't allowed to have them while on ship.

I know the CO wears them and some SNCOs, but we know how that old saying of "do as I say, not as I do" goes.

Thanks!
« Last Edit: December 01, 2018, 15:54:52 by WatchDog87 »

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Re: Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2018, 15:59:10 »
I’ve worn them since the start with zero issues.

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Re: Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2018, 16:03:45 »
Thanks once again Garb. Double thanks if you're the one that combined my thread in with the other....  Should've done a little better homework.  Damn mobile's..

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Re: Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2018, 16:40:56 »
Worn them for the past 30 years and never had an issue.

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Re: Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2018, 12:20:02 »
Why would people want clickers??

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Re: Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2018, 12:32:06 »
Why would people want clickers??

They are useful when you do parades, having a full BN do a march past with clickers sounds good and helps people stay in step.
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Re: Policy on Clickers?
« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2018, 12:39:07 »
Why would people want clickers??

‘Cause they click.
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