SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS

The Boots

These new-production combat boots (known as Waxi boots in Africa) are manufactured by one of the original South African suppliers for the Rhodesian military and the South African Defense Force. Designed by Africans for combat in the bush and the tropics, these desert boots are durable, lightweight, and grow more handsome with age. 

During the Rhodesian Bush War, Rhodesian soldiers and militia, joined by British, Irish, South African, New Zealander, Australian, American, Portuguese, and Canadian volunteers, banded together to fight for the existence of Rhodesia, the breadbasket of Africa. The three-sided proxy war pitted Rhodesian forces against tens of thousands of communist and African nationalist guerrillas backed by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (as well as several other African states).

The young nation of Rhodesia, snubbed by the crown after resisting the British mandate of no independence without majority rule, was largely abandoned by western nations, with the notable exception of South Africa. Rhodesia was subjected to an arms embargo, forced to make do with limited and often outdated equipment. They had to make everything they had last as long as possible, including some of the most important equipment any soldier can have — boots. Whether wielding Lee-Enfields in a beat-up Volkswagen or charging the enemy on horseback with FALs, Rhodesian forces relied heavily on smuggled civilian footwear and handmade combat boots.

The boots are constructed of heavy-duty, double-stitched leather and thick rubber. Much of the construction is done by hand by expert shoemakers. Boots are tightened with full-height eyelets topped with a sturdy strap and buckle. With age and regular use, the boot's light tan color will mature to a beautiful dark brown. This progression is shown above in photo #3.

Outsoles
Ready to ship Waxis are available in only two sole types. For more sole and size options, we offer pre-order Waxi boots which are handmade to order.

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

Insoles

Waxi boots have mesh half insoles in them designed for walking comfortably in many environments. While you can add your own inserts for fitment or comfort, we don't suggest removing the half insole before doing so. For best results, we suggest cutting the insert in half to match the cliff edge of the half insole and better match 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
  • Blessed by the spirit of Cecil Rhodes
  • Fights communism

    SADF HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS

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    The Boots

    These new-production combat boots (known as Waxi boots in Africa) are manufactured by one of the original South African suppliers for the Rhodesian military and the South African Defense Force. Designed by Africans for combat in the bush and the tropics, these desert boots are durable, lightweight, and grow more handsome with age. 

    During the Rhodesian Bush War, Rhodesian soldiers and militia, joined by British, Irish, South African, New Zealander, Australian, American, Portuguese, and Canadian volunteers, banded together to fight for the existence of Rhodesia, the breadbasket of Africa. The three-sided proxy war pitted Rhodesian forces against tens of thousands of communist and African nationalist guerrillas backed by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (as well as several other African states).

    The young nation of Rhodesia, snubbed by the crown after resisting the British mandate of no independence without majority rule, was largely abandoned by western nations, with the notable exception of South Africa. Rhodesia was subjected to an arms embargo, forced to make do with limited and often outdated equipment. They had to make everything they had last as long as possible, including some of the most important equipment any soldier can have — boots. Whether wielding Lee-Enfields in a beat-up Volkswagen or charging the enemy on horseback with FALs, Rhodesian forces relied heavily on smuggled civilian footwear and handmade combat boots.

    The boots are constructed of heavy-duty, double-stitched leather and thick rubber. Much of the construction is done by hand by expert shoemakers. Boots are tightened with full-height eyelets topped with a sturdy strap and buckle. With age and regular use, the boot's light tan color will mature to a beautiful dark brown. This progression is shown above in photo #3.

    Outsoles
    Ready to ship Waxis are available in only two sole types. For more sole and size options, we offer pre-order Waxi boots which are handmade to order.

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

    Insoles

    Waxi boots have mesh half insoles in them designed for walking comfortably in many environments. While you can add your own inserts for fitment or comfort, we don't suggest removing the half insole before doing so. For best results, we suggest cutting the insert in half to match the cliff edge of the half insole and better match 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
    • Blessed by the spirit of Cecil Rhodes
    • Fights communism
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      Boots my man

      These are prettt good boots. Even with flat feet, comfy and easy to walk around. Had my brother to grease em up.

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      Excellent boots; get you some!

      Fit is alway the question; I ordered half size down from my real 'lasted' shoe/boot size, and with the stock half insole removed and replaced by a premium orthopedic insole, it is a great fitting boot.

      Leather is soft and of excellent quality, stitching is tight, and the lug sole is grippy.

      The boot is made in the 'Norwegian last' style, same as leather ski boots used to be made, and real motocross boots are still typically made. This gives a good amount of weather resistance, and a slightly large fit, since the upper is stitched to the sole with the edge of the upper turned out and stitched down, instead of turned in and stitched.

      Great boots for the price!

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      Nice boots, they do run large

      They run a little large overall, but a little tight across the top at the seam where the toe cap begins. Thick socks or insoles will make your usual size fit fine, and they break in pretty quickly due to the softness of the leather.

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      Sexy Boots

      Out of all my pairs of boots, my omon boots used to be my favourite. Then I bought a pair of these. That changed right quick. The leather comes as soft as a kitten so there was pretty much no breaking in period. Just slipped them on, tightened them up, and I was laughing.

      No real complaints. That soft leather that I mentioned can be a bit annoying to get on sometimes. It tends to fold as you try to get your foot in but you just have to pull the tab on the back and it's right as rain.

      They can pass for normie clothes, which means I have something to wear when people want me to blend in a bit. Major plus. I have yet to see how they look with panzer trousers but there's something about these boots that screams out for baggy pants.

      Do I reccomend these boots? You're damn right I do. Buy them.

      I might even buy a second pair, if I take a fancy to the anti-tracking soles at some point.

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      SADF Boot

      if there is anything to say that hasn't been said about these boots, your probably not going to hear it from me, i will say to make sure you get at least a full size lower, i had to get a full size and a half lower, but damn, these things are comfy and well made. also, wear thick socks.

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