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Waxi Boot, Tan, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Tan, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Tan, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Tan, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Tan, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Tan, Anti-Track 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, Tan, Anti-Track Sole

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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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Reviewed by Zayne, from United States
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US Foot Size
12
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
11.5
How It Fits
Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Classy, but sassy

I haven't worn them out and about, but around the house to tell if the sizing was correct.

I wear a size 12 in Vans and Merrell's but a size 11.5 fits perfect with regular socks. These arrived in good condition.

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Reviewed by Colton, from United States
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US Foot Size
10
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
10
How It Fits
A Little Big
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Excellent albeit flawed

Got these boots ages ago, don't even remember when. They've been my go-to boots for hiking or running, and they've held up surprisingly well considering how much I've been abusing them. They came pretty big, and the leather strap doesn't tighten enough so i had to punch a couple holes in both of them to ensure a tighter fit, but i'm a bit concerned about the longevity of the strap seeing as how it has no grommets, but i haven't had any issues thus far so I guess it's alright. I applied boot oil when I initially got them but haven't since, going to once I get some more. One thing that bugged me, probably because I have OCD or something, is they weren't as red as I would of like and weren't when I initially got them.

To drive it home, I run every day and for about 3 months these were the only pair of shoes i wore until i got some decent running shoes, i've had bad experiences with shoes soles popping off because of how often i run on both hard rocky terrain and abrasive concrete (i live in a rural area) and i haven't seen any signs of the boots failing yet. That being said, i'm quite paranoid that they'll break down, cause of how thin the leather is but again it doesn't seem to be an issue.

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Reviewed by Anon, from United States
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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

Fashion over function

I have 3 pairs of these bad boys. I got my first pair never waxed or polished it. It was my beater boot. Which was a good thing because the delivery guy curb stomped the box. It did ok against the winter salt in Detroit. It was super comfy running around Athens and Delphi. NEVER get them wet. My good wool socks have red stains from whatever chemical was in the boot. It irritates the skin a bit, but I wear 2 pairs of socks so I don't notice it unless I'm holding my wet socks or my hand in in the boot. Working landscaping they were nice because the leather was thin and breathable. The buckle ripped off one when I slipped getting into a truck. I put a gash in the leather on the heal later. I swapped to my second Burgundy pair (which have shitty round laces, flat is justice) after soaking my tans with a power washer in the middle of a work week & noticing the tans were separating from the tread. When I first got them I used kiwi synthetic wax. DO NOT TRUST KIWIS. Not only do they let the rich build bunkers on their island, their wax looks like dried flaky skin. Being knee deep in mulch half the time took it most of it off, but you can still see yellow gunk in the stitching. They are holding up better than the first boot, but I've been wearing them less. Third pair are tans I wanted originally as a replacement for the first pair, but they are now my "dress boots." Waxi boots make up like 50% of the complements I get. Good for /fa/ not /k/ try the surplus boots if you want…

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Reviewed by Brenis E., from United States
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US Foot Size
12
Foot Width
Regular
US Size Purchased
12
How It Fits
A Little Big
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

GOT DAYM THESE FEET WHIPS IS FRESH

I'm talking some hand made quality *shit* here. Better get yourself a pair of these kicks so Tenisha will call your dog ass after she's done fuckin with that brain surgeon or lawyer she fuckin wit, N-

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Reviewed by Max W., from United States
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US Foot Size
10
Foot Width
Wide
US Size Purchased
10
How It Fits
Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Good boots!

It took a while to getting around to writing this because I had to put some time in the boots. I was stomping around in the heat and humidity of Texas and these boots were quite comfortable, it was only 60 degrees and raining though. Then I got sent to the freezer of Ohio and Pennsylvania and these boots are still holding up in the snow and slush! They did start to absorb a little water, but some boot oil and these bad boys will kick the deepest of puddles ass!

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