The Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) is seeking information on novel component materials, and/or designs that may be beneficial to future Army combat footwear systems. The primary goal of this request for information (RFI) is to identify footwear vendors capable of manufacturing prototypes as described in Attachment 0001. Responses are also requested from footwear component manufacturers whose product may provide one or more of the requested capabilities defined herein. Interest is specifically in responses defining component materials, constructions, and/or footwear designs that are optimized for use in a hot weather environment. This RFI is issued solely for information gathering and planning purposes. This RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals and will not directly lead to any contract awards. The following sections of this announcement contain details of the scope of technical efforts of interest as well as instructions for the submission of responses.