The “very hefty” boot might be a bit problematic, but is probably good for toning up the old leg muscles or something.
Mud could make things interesting...
But, then, all great technologies started somewhere. I’ve got to think his fellow Swiss laughed at the first soldier who drilled a hole and screwed his scissors to his knife.
Who knows - in 5 years, we may be unable to remember what life was like without smart boots! (I just hope they leave out the spouse-like feature that tells me “you’re doing it wrong. Make a U turn in 200 feet and return to route.”’)