READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP HALF COMBAT WAXI BOOTS
READY TO SHIP 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 Rhodesia was subjected to an arms embargo, forced to make do with limited and often outdated equipment.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

READY TO SHIP 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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camfy af

Comfy shoes. Really well made.

I wear them for my Rhodesian Light Infantry impression. Perfect for it.

Would recommend.

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Well Gaaaaddam...

As soon as i pulled these guys out of the box i knew they were going to be comfy. Really good leather. Supple yet rugged is the best way i can put it. It does take some time to break them in. I got the lug sole, due to not really needing some anti poaching soles. Also i happen to live near Mountains and want the boots for hikes and such.I been wearing them for 2 weeks now and they are easily the most comfortable pair of boots i own.

As far as sizing goes, I wear a size 8 us/41cm in sneakers. I purchased that size for these bad boys but decided to get a wide fit , due to my toes always feeling squished in on the sides, and after some consultaion from Ivan as well. The insole it comes with isnt really an insole, so before i started breaking them in i bought a thick insole from a local department store. After i threw that baby in, the boots really were perfect.I have to say i made the right choice.

I wear normal boot socks(usgi green) with these and they dont feel that loose with them. I just tighten the laces a bit more and they are good to go.I have yet to throw some thick wool boot socks on with them , as i live in the desert, its still too hot for that.

Overall i would def reccomend these to anyone in search of a good all around boot. It doesnt scream Surplus, so you can wear it anywhere from the campus to the Bush.

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Leather Boots

Great pair of boots, made of leather in South Africa.

I am pleased to say that I find the quality to be decent on my pairs, stitching, fit and finish, flexible but sturdy leather for movement. It comes with alright laces, half insoles instead of the full ones, due to the nature of leather your pair might be different from others that is "as pictured", timb's scheme, light caramel or slightly dark.

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I came

Very comfy boots. I'm a bit flat footed so I didn't really have to worry with putting new insoles in. The boots came fine as is. Worn them in dusty Florida soil multiple times, dug trenches in them, marched through the swamp, and have taken them all over the place. I frequently get compliments on them, and I'm proud to know that I own a hand-made pair of boots from nowhere else than South Africa itself.

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Handmade leather boots for fairly cheap

Historical value aside, these boots are actually pretty handy. I wear mine out in the mud and they have given me fine service. I'd recommend wearing some thick socks if you're going to do serious hiking with them at first. I have also noticed fewer communists in my operational area, which is always a welcome change.

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