All Quiet on the Western Front

What do you think is symbolic about Kemmerich’s boots?

all quiet on the western front

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Boots are a precious commodity in this story. The German Army is ill equipped and decent boots are hard to come by. Boots get passed around from dead soldiers. In the case of Kemmerich's Boots, they come to symbolize death. These boots kill whoever wears them; or at least whoever wears them dies yet they still remain a precious commodity.