Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole

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, Dark Brown, Lug Sole

    Rated 4.9 out of 5
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    $159.99
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    $159.99

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    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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      Neat daily boots

      The flat featureless sole is flat and featureless, surprisingly grippy on all surfaces except glossy concrete shop tiles, ask me how I know.

      Jokes aside this boot is fantastically comfortable in the right size, I look forward to ordering a second pair

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      Changed my dang life, famalam

      I gotta use my Swiss issue mattock to swing at women that try to get at me while wearing these things, as to stay faithful to my wife. These have addedd a great deal of temptation to my life, but have also given me an excuse to work the mattock into my edc, so I guess it evens out. 11/10

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      Most comfortable boot I’ve owned out of the box

      Was 50/50 about this boot but ended up just ordering them anyway, when I got them I was kind of blown away, most comfortable boot I’ve owned so far. Going down a full size ended up being a good call cause I still have room for my hiking socks and my feet are really comfortable. Also ripped out the half sole and ended up throwing some superfeet insoles In there and they fit perfect. They definitely feel like you’re wearing converse high tops, and don’t feel like a traditional combat boot. The only thing I’m iffy about is how they will hold up with the Minnesota winters and how long this leather will hold up down the road. But so far definitely worth the money

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      Literally the nicest, most comfy boots I own.

      I have a pair of Bates lightweight hot weather boots, cost 50-75$ more than my waxi's, but is heavier, less comfortable, and hotter than my Waxi's. The Waxi's requires almost zero use to break in. I literally put on my wool socks, and slept in them and sat at my PC with them for a couple of days, and then walked 2 miles in my crappy muddy back yard with zero issues and very small amount of hotspots. After a second day of walking a couple miles in them, the hotspots were even less noticeable, and on the third day, the hotspots were gone, and no blisters since I was using nice thick wool socks.

      The only odd thing about the waxi's are the half sole, because there is a pad under your heel, but not under the ball of your foot. I haven't found any negative to this setup yet, but it is a bit different of a feel. With nice padded socks it works just fine and combined with the nice square toe leaves a lot of nice space for your toes so they dont get all crunched up. there is also some sort of reinforcement at the bottom of the heel that wraps around it that is stiff when you first get the boots, but quickly softens up so its not so hard to put the boots on.

      Boots are also quite largely sized, I wear a 12.5W or 13W in brooks brand shoes, and an 11W in Waxi's which fit perfectly. Just ask Ivan for sizing help if you need any.

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      Homeless for 150 Miles and Still Truckin'

      Due to a series of unfortunate events, I had found myself on the streets of Cincinnati for over a month. Fortunately I already had the boots which had yet to be broken in all the way. These boots get better with age the more you walk in them and beat them up. So far, they have suffered extreme natural terrain, long daily urban treks through the jungles of Cincinnati, soaking wet, scorching heat, snow and my EEEE wide foot. They still lace, they still hug my feet and they still look dapper as hell. They're my go-to boot for just about every occasion, and once polished are appropriate for most non-formal events. They have outlasted every pair of shoes I've ever owned as my wide foot will kill most of my shoes within 6 months, but these have kept their form ever since I've bought them. Due to my unusual circumstances of wear, they look like they've gone through hell, and they have, and I note this every time I'm about to put them on, thinking they're close to their end-of-use, but each time I put them on again, I'm reminded just how hardy and reliable these particular pair of boots really are.

      RE-STOCK THESE BOOTS SO I CAN BUY THEM AGAIN IVAN

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