My son told me today that most of the MS1s came with their own boots. He only has the issued ones which he says are pretty awful (heavy and uncomfortable). I have searched this forum and have a short list of other boots for him to consider. He says that a lot of the cadets have Bates. One thing that confused me was he said most of them have "urban" boots while the issued ones are "desert" boots. Can someone explain the difference? Thanks.