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Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]

Pre-Order Information: Waxi boots are hand made to order in South Africa. This is the authentic way to do things, but unfortunately South Africa is not a 'regular' place to do business. Electricity rationing, deteriorating infrastructure, and economic turmoil wreak havoc on South African companies. Over the last couple years the situation has worsened, and we've seen lead times gradually extend from 60 days, to in excess of 90-120 days.

All of that said, we have a great long-established relationship with the small business that manufactures our Waxi boots. Despite these hard circumstances they have always pulled through for us and we now have half a dozen successful imports to show for it.

In short, we can't quote you a firm lead time on these other than sometime in 2021. It could be Q1, it could be Q4. Only god knows. However we stand behind your order 100%---you can cancel your pre-order at any time and receive a full refund. Just email help@kommandostore.com

 

The Background

The Waxi boot is an enduring icon of the Border and Bush Wars---Conflicts which dominated South Africa and present day Zimbabwe during the Cold War. Outside of Africa and certain military circles both of these wars have faded into obscurity. Don’t get the wrong idea though, they were anything but boring.


At the height of the Border and Bush wars, both South Africa and Rhodesia found themselves geographically, economically, and diplomatically isolated. They would be facing off against the best efforts of the USSR, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, and several members of the Soviet Bloc. All of whom would be providing training, arms, logistics and advisory support to a rainbow of communist terrorists, militant groups, and Sub-Saharan nation states. The resulting violence was characterized by its fast pace and indiscriminate brutality---with frequent attacks on public infrastructure and civilian populations.


This period of counter-insurgency combat in the African savanna and wildlands forced tactical and material improvisation. Scrambling to stay competitive, South Africa and Rhodesia would develop doctrines and equipment that would stay relevant for decades to come.



The Boots

Like many South African designs, the Waxi Boot is essentially a standardized field improvisation. Fighting in the bush necessitated two things, long term endurance, and bursts of high mobility during close contact. Traditional combat boots provided neither---especially when you consider the sweltering heat of Africa. With this in mind, many South African and Rhodesian soldiers opted to wear their physical training footwear instead of their issued combat boots. The most popular choices were takkies (hockey shoes) or commercial high tops from Converse and others.


This philosophy would eventually give birth to the Waxi or “Half Combat” boot. Sitting halfway between a high-top sneaker and a combat boot, the waxi runs, jumps and flexes like a tennis shoe while delivering the protection and durability of a boot.


Our Waxis are manufactured by hand, by the same family owned company who has supplied them to the SADF for decades. They are lightweight and strong, with a full Goodyear welt and double stitching on all load-bearing seams.

For the uninitiated westerner several things about the Waxi will come as a surprise. The first and most noticeable is the fit. The Waxi is built with an extra wide toe box. A feature which increases airflow and accommodates swelling from extended marches. We suggest you wear yours the African way: thick wool socks, regardless of the weather. 


Which brings me to the second thing most people will not expect; the thickness of the leather. Without a doubt the Waxi is a durable boot, however it does this without the weight and stiffness you might be used to out of a pair of Red Wings. This makes sense when you consider the Waxi’s parentage; it is a desert boot, not a logging boot for North American forests. 


This thin flexible leather performs two important tasks. It significantly reduces the time required to break in your boots and it increases comfort in hot weather. Spend a few days outside and will find that your pair readily shapes, creases and forms to match your feet. It’s also great for moisture transfer. You will find that you sweat straight through the leather of your boots instead of swimming in them.


The Recce

The Waxi boot was the brainchild of South Africa’s elite Recce units (short for “Reconnaissance”). The cream of the SADF, Recce were experts in both long-range combat reconnaissance and counter-insurgency. In truth though, they did far more. Recce quickly became the “go-to” fighting force for nearly everything, from airborne raids to underwater demolitions.

Limited by attrition and embargos, Recce frequently purchased their own kit on the private market. This included the first Waxi boots, which were made to order for individual soldiers. Among these first purchases were many of the now famous “anti-tracking” boots---variants of the Waxi featuring a completely flat sole. 

The anti-track Waxi replaced the Recce footwear of choice---black high top sneakers with the soles sanded flat. In the dusty conditions of the bush, the flat soles left faded prints, disguising fresh tracks as weeks old.

Outsoles

We offer two sole types on all Waxi Boots.

    
The Standard Lug Sole, reminiscent of a lineman's or logger's sole.
Great all-weather, all-terrain performance.
  
      
The Anti-Track Sole, a completely flat sole and South African military legend. 
Widely used in the Border War to conceal troop movements, it has no tread.
This results in footprints which appear washed-out, older,
or too light to be visible, confusing would-be trackers.

Insoles

Each Waxi boot comes with a permanently inserted “half insole.” While unfamiliar to many Western wearers, this half insole is very comfortable once you adjust to it. While you can add your own inserts for fitment or comfort, we don’t recommend removing the half insole before doing so. For best results, we advise cutting the insert in half to match the cliff edge of the half insole and better fit the form of the sole overall.


Specs

  • Cowhide leather
  • Sturdy Goodyear welted rubber soles
  • 12 metal eyelets
  • Half-gusseted tongue
  • Iconic Angle belt
  • Double stitching
  • Flexible, built-in airflow, for heat dissipation and breathability

Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole [Pre-Order]

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Pre-Order Information: Waxi boots are hand made to order in South Africa. This is the authentic way to do things, but unfortunately South Africa is not a 'regular' place to do business. Electricity rationing, deteriorating infrastructure, and economic turmoil wreak havoc on South African companies. Over the last couple years the situation has worsened, and we've seen lead times gradually extend from 60 days, to in excess of 90-120 days.

All of that said, we have a great long-established relationship with the small business that manufactures our Waxi boots. Despite these hard circumstances they have always pulled through for us and we now have half a dozen successful imports to show for it.

In short, we can't quote you a firm lead time on these other than sometime in 2021. It could be Q1, it could be Q4. Only god knows. However we stand behind your order 100%---you can cancel your pre-order at any time and receive a full refund. Just email help@kommandostore.com

 

The Background

The Waxi boot is an enduring icon of the Border and Bush Wars---Conflicts which dominated South Africa and present day Zimbabwe during the Cold War. Outside of Africa and certain military circles both of these wars have faded into obscurity. Don’t get the wrong idea though, they were anything but boring.


At the height of the Border and Bush wars, both South Africa and Rhodesia found themselves geographically, economically, and diplomatically isolated. They would be facing off against the best efforts of the USSR, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, and several members of the Soviet Bloc. All of whom would be providing training, arms, logistics and advisory support to a rainbow of communist terrorists, militant groups, and Sub-Saharan nation states. The resulting violence was characterized by its fast pace and indiscriminate brutality---with frequent attacks on public infrastructure and civilian populations.


This period of counter-insurgency combat in the African savanna and wildlands forced tactical and material improvisation. Scrambling to stay competitive, South Africa and Rhodesia would develop doctrines and equipment that would stay relevant for decades to come.



The Boots

Like many South African designs, the Waxi Boot is essentially a standardized field improvisation. Fighting in the bush necessitated two things, long term endurance, and bursts of high mobility during close contact. Traditional combat boots provided neither---especially when you consider the sweltering heat of Africa. With this in mind, many South African and Rhodesian soldiers opted to wear their physical training footwear instead of their issued combat boots. The most popular choices were takkies (hockey shoes) or commercial high tops from Converse and others.


This philosophy would eventually give birth to the Waxi or “Half Combat” boot. Sitting halfway between a high-top sneaker and a combat boot, the waxi runs, jumps and flexes like a tennis shoe while delivering the protection and durability of a boot.


Our Waxis are manufactured by hand, by the same family owned company who has supplied them to the SADF for decades. They are lightweight and strong, with a full Goodyear welt and double stitching on all load-bearing seams.

For the uninitiated westerner several things about the Waxi will come as a surprise. The first and most noticeable is the fit. The Waxi is built with an extra wide toe box. A feature which increases airflow and accommodates swelling from extended marches. We suggest you wear yours the African way: thick wool socks, regardless of the weather. 


Which brings me to the second thing most people will not expect; the thickness of the leather. Without a doubt the Waxi is a durable boot, however it does this without the weight and stiffness you might be used to out of a pair of Red Wings. This makes sense when you consider the Waxi’s parentage; it is a desert boot, not a logging boot for North American forests. 


This thin flexible leather performs two important tasks. It significantly reduces the time required to break in your boots and it increases comfort in hot weather. Spend a few days outside and will find that your pair readily shapes, creases and forms to match your feet. It’s also great for moisture transfer. You will find that you sweat straight through the leather of your boots instead of swimming in them.


The Recce

The Waxi boot was the brainchild of South Africa’s elite Recce units (short for “Reconnaissance”). The cream of the SADF, Recce were experts in both long-range combat reconnaissance and counter-insurgency. In truth though, they did far more. Recce quickly became the “go-to” fighting force for nearly everything, from airborne raids to underwater demolitions.

Limited by attrition and embargos, Recce frequently purchased their own kit on the private market. This included the first Waxi boots, which were made to order for individual soldiers. Among these first purchases were many of the now famous “anti-tracking” boots---variants of the Waxi featuring a completely flat sole. 

The anti-track Waxi replaced the Recce footwear of choice---black high top sneakers with the soles sanded flat. In the dusty conditions of the bush, the flat soles left faded prints, disguising fresh tracks as weeks old.

Outsoles

We offer two sole types on all Waxi Boots.

    
The Standard Lug Sole, reminiscent of a lineman's or logger's sole.
Great all-weather, all-terrain performance.
  
      
The Anti-Track Sole, a completely flat sole and South African military legend. 
Widely used in the Border War to conceal troop movements, it has no tread.
This results in footprints which appear washed-out, older,
or too light to be visible, confusing would-be trackers.

Insoles

Each Waxi boot comes with a permanently inserted “half insole.” While unfamiliar to many Western wearers, this half insole is very comfortable once you adjust to it. While you can add your own inserts for fitment or comfort, we don’t recommend removing the half insole before doing so. For best results, we advise cutting the insert in half to match the cliff edge of the half insole and better fit the form of the sole overall.


Specs

  • Cowhide leather
  • Sturdy Goodyear welted rubber soles
  • 12 metal eyelets
  • Half-gusseted tongue
  • Iconic Angle belt
  • Double stitching
  • Flexible, built-in airflow, for heat dissipation and breathability
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Reviewed by Max W., from United States
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Good boots!

It took a while to getting around to writing this because I had to put some time in the boots. I was stomping around in the heat and humidity of Texas and these boots were quite comfortable, it was only 60 degrees and raining though. Then I got sent to the freezer of Ohio and Pennsylvania and these boots are still holding up in the snow and slush! They did start to absorb a little water, but some boot oil and these bad boys will kick the deepest of puddles ass!

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US Size Purchased
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How It Fits
Perfect
Rated 4 out of 5
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Nice boot but marked up by poor packing

After a significant delay in shipping and lots of broken promises the boots finally arrived, but due thw Kommando Store's terrible packing they travelled pressed up against the black rubber soles of the other pair of boots, so there's black marks all over them.

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Sorry about that. Those marks should come off just fine with soapy water and a rag.

Reviewed by Spencer F., from United States
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US Size Purchased
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Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
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Lightweight, functional, and beautiful.

What more could you ask for? Boots perform great and with the anti track sole I tend to get less looks in the office environment. Anti track soles feel grippy and forgiving on polished concrete floors in my work environment and just as planted on the trail until things start getting wet, but that's not much of a problem where I live.

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9.5
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9.5
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A Little Big
Rated 5 out of 5
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Light combat boot

Initially seemed a bit big when I got them, so I broke them in using the shower trick that works with most leather boots. These have a similar feeling to the Garmont NFS in that it's almost an athletic shoe with tougher material and ankle support. If you are using them as intended buy your usual size and wear them with a medium weight wool sock, your feet swell when hiking and wearing boots. I went with the cognac brown and polish them occassionally as they look to be nice shoes to anyone if you're covering them. Good on uneven terrain but be careful with downhill treading with the anti track soles. Solid boots, good for outdoor activities.

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