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[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown
[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown

Waxi boots run large, we recommend going a size down from what you usually wear.

Same Boot, Different Height

The 'Full Combat' Waxi boot is the taller, more rugged variant of our 'half combat' Waxis that we've sold for years now. What sets them apart from other full-height leather combat boots is the things that make a Waxi boot a Waxi boot — lightweight breathable leather, tennis-shoe-like flexibility, and a wide toebox. Unlike our other Waxi boots, it features a double-buckled lace guard for extra durability; It'll shrug off thick brush, caked-on mud, and deep sand with ease. 

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



Specs

  • 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

[PRE-SALE] Full Combat Waxi Boot, Dark Brown

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Waxi boots run large, we recommend going a size down from what you usually wear.

Same Boot, Different Height

The 'Full Combat' Waxi boot is the taller, more rugged variant of our 'half combat' Waxis that we've sold for years now. What sets them apart from other full-height leather combat boots is the things that make a Waxi boot a Waxi boot — lightweight breathable leather, tennis-shoe-like flexibility, and a wide toebox. Unlike our other Waxi boots, it features a double-buckled lace guard for extra durability; It'll shrug off thick brush, caked-on mud, and deep sand with ease. 

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



Specs

  • 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
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Reviewed by John Z., from Australia
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US Foot Size
10
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
9.5
How It Fits
Too Big
Rated 3 out of 5
Review posted

Make sure they tick your boxes first.

A basic no frills boot, the key difference is the thin flexible leather making them easy to break in, light enough to run in and less of a drag in warm weather. These do not have the rigidity and reinforcement in the ankle and other areas you'd get from old school US Pattern or modern Combat boots if that is what you are after, they feel like canvas high tops. It also means they may not survive the same type of abuse lacking the thicker leather and extra reinforcement, they're designed for hot dry environments I wouldn't suggest lots of time in snow and water.

Do not ignore the advice on sizing. I'm a US10 got a 9.5 because no 9s in stock and it feels like a 10.5, an 8.5 probably would have worked better, the toebox is wide and not as tapered as some of the photos make them look..

A note on the lug sole its old school, non subtle thick chunky rubber, it will serve you well outdoors and take a lot of wear but on the streets you're gonna feel each step. If you’re primarily wearing this as a casual boot I don’t recommend this sole combo. I bought 2 pairs both had issues with stitching alignment and roughing out the sole, nothing warranting a return for the price but they're definitely "rough and ready" if you told me they were factory 2nds I wouldn't have been surprised with the overall QA of them. If they tick your boxes for what you're looking for the price they are a good buy.

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Reviewed by Daniel H., from United States
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US Foot Size
10.5
Foot Width
Wide
US Size Purchased
10.5
How It Fits
A Little Big
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

The best boots

I have been having trouble finding a pair of boots in my size (I am a 10.5 wide) after I came across these I don’t ever want to get another pair. Now I got these 10.5 regular and they fit me fine however I always wear thick socks with all my boots.

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Reviewed by Matthew C., from Switzerland
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US Foot Size
9.5
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
9.5
How It Fits
A Little Big
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Definite recommend

Great boot, once walked in very comfortable and fairly lightweight.

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Reviewed by Carlo M., from United Kingdom
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US Foot Size
10
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
9.5
How It Fits
A Little Big
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Looks good and does the job.

I was a bit worried because military style boots tend to have slightly funny variances in size but I'm happy it fits quite well

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Reviewed by Ruben K., from Australia
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US Foot Size
9.5
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
9.5
How It Fits
A Little Small
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Smooth strolling

Sexy boots. Sexy build. Really great product. My Aunty and my grandma both agree.

Probably should have gone one size up but that may just be my girthy toes.

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