I like the fact that they are Obviously hand carved from scrap wood-you can see the markings under the leather patches from whatever the wood piece was originally. But,regardless-they were made by a Skilled person who was probably very concerned for his little child and just made do with what he had on hand to help with-which wasn't much. With heavy socks or wrapping their feet in rags first,these shoes would have done the job and got them through a terrible winter. William
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
I have never seen anything like these. I doubt that they are military. The winter weather wear is a good guess.
LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.
I would say a street cobbler who regularly repaired soldiers boots made them from scrap leather slings/straps ,toe cleats and carved wood. A professional shoemaker/cobbler MUST have made them due to the skill and workmanship put into these. Obviously they wernt worn hardly, if at all. The G.I. may have had them made special for a young daughter/son or family member, then forgot to give it to the kid when he got home. As William said..."there could be a million different maybe's and what if's" as to the origin of these. Why would a GI have brought them home? Why are they in unused condition? Why did they sit in a trunk for over 60 years?! One can only imagine.
Thanks Dean, they were with the other items we talked about on the cell.