I was issued two pairs of the brown rough side out boots in June of 1970 when I passed through MCRD San Diego with Platoon 2076. Apparently that was the only boots left in my size as I was the only boot in the entire series to get a pair let alone both pairs. None of my DI's were familiar with them so I was told to shave them and then lay on the polish. By the time I graduated they shined as black as any of the other issued black boots. Though I confess to catching some heat in the early stages until I built up enough black polish to cover the rough texture.
Sgt 1970 -1974