The military has always served as an incubator of groundbreaking technology and wild inventions (hello, the Internet). At the same time, private enterprise is uniquely equipped to hone expertise in very narrow fields. Nike, for example, continues to one-up itself with new and improved fabric development and shoe design – something the military probably doesn’t have the time or resources to accomplish.

So it doesn’t quite surprise us to see a collaboration between Nike and the US Military, the former supplying the latter with boots designed specifically for the Special Forces. The boots are super lightweight and have the Nike Free sole and extra-long laces to serve as makeshift tourniquets.

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