The problem with boots is that is that, on the one hand, you want national production so you can both have some emergency stock in hand and be able to ramp up production in case of sustained emergency and on the other hand, it is one of those products that is near impossible to write bidding specs for to determine compliance against.
So, IMHO, this is one of those cases where we abandon the "call-for-tender/lowest compliant bidding" approach. What I think should be done is the following: Whenever a new booth order is required, the CAF goes around to the various Canadian manufacturers and purchase 100 "samples" of the boot that manufacturer makes that is of the proper style and colour, say ten each in ten different sizes. When the CAF has five or six hundred such boots (from 5 or 6 manufacturers) they are issued for two months to various personnel and evaluated at the end of the period. The ones that turn out crappy, you simply deselect as "non-compliant". All the ones that are found to be satisfactory, you invite the manufacturer to bid on the whole production, then and only then, you pick the lowest bidder of the ones that were invited to bid - on the understanding that you keep the "samples" for comparison of the product actually delivered (just to keep it honest).