The Government buys every employee on the work floor a new pair of boots each calendar year. THey do not buy cheap boots, but top named brands like Red Wing. I understand that there are folks who literally have pairs of new boots at home and are still using the ones they first received!
These boots are anywhere from $80 to $120 or more. You can see how this can add up quickly. With maybe a thousand people in the Squadron, you can see where hundreds of thousands are wasted each year.