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Sore feet spur a campaign for a better Army boot

Three companies competing to design products to handle Middle East’s harsh conditions

They are shot at, bombed, and isolated in an inhospitable environment, where the weather cycles between extreme heat and cold, and the night brings the prospect of more attacks from a ghostly enemy.

Yet when the Army surveyed soldiers about improving conditions during their deployment, it discovered a seemingly unusual concern: sore feet.

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