Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown
Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown
Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown
Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown
Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown
Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown
Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown

Half Combat Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown

Regular price$169.99 USD
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
Based on 2 reviews

Size chart

 Finding Your Size

To size your boots, please use the sizing chart we have provided below. Waxi boots are a size larger than regular boots so please size one down from your regular boot size. If you are normally a size 9, we recommend you order a size 8.

Being leather boots, expect them to need a little bit of breaking in. After a few days of wearing them around, the heat of your feet will cause the leather to expand and fit the shape of your foot a lot better. 

If you find your boots still aren't a perfect fit after receiving them, you can use our Returns & Exchanges form to send them back for another pair. Please note that on-hand color and sizes may be limited. 


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US

EU

4

4.5

37

4.5

5

37

5

5.5

38

5.5

6

39

6

6.5

39

6.5

7

40

7

7.5

40.5

7.5

8

41

8

8.5

42

8.5

9

42.5

9

9.5

43

9.5

10

43

10

10.5

44

10.5

11

44

11

11.5

45

11.5

12

46

12

12.5

46.5

12.5

13

47

13

13.5

48

13.5

14

48

14

14.5

49

14.5

15

49

Ivan says: Double check your sizing!
Waxi boots run larger than most boots.

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Made by original South African manufacturer
Thin, breathable cowhide leather
Wide toe box accommodates foot swelling during long hours of use
Sturdy, easily replaceable Goodyear-Welted soles
Half-gusseted tongue
Double stitching and metal eyelets for durability



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 movement, it has no tread. This results in footprints which appear washed-out, older, or too light to be visible, confusing would-be trackers.

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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. The "Full Combat" variant has a taller profile with an extra buckle but sharing the same design as the rest of the Waxi.

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 us 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 Recces

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.

Where The Waxis Have Walked

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Reviewed by Samuel B., from United States
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US Foot Size
13
Foot Width
Narrow
US Size Purchased
11.5
How It FIts
A Little Big
Rated 5 out of 5
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Maybe 1.5 sizes down

Awesome boots so far. Used them to product demo when we had to do it right after a winter storm.

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Foot Width
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Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
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Better Late Than Never!

Ordered these forever ago. There were some issues with supply/shipping, but the good folks at kommandostore kept in touch and made sure they got here. Even left a hand written apology note and a little treat with vitamin C to help the wound heal. The wife and kid are happy, peace is restored yet again. Oh and the quality of the shoes is impeccable. Awesome kit. I know boots and these can definitely last a lifetime with a good cobbler and some maintenance. 10/10 would buy again. (For myself next time)

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