Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole

Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Anti-Track Sole

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

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 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 Saul K., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
US Foot Size
11
Foot Width
Extra Wide
US Size Purchased
10.5
How It FIts
Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
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A really really good all rounder

These boots are now both my everyday and work boots, I'm a chef and so I'm on my feet all day, walking on wet floors, oily floors and icy floors and these hold up fantastically, very nearly as well as dedicated nonslip crocs, except because of the wideset lugs theyre easier to clean the shit out of. I'm constantly dropping food on the toes and they wipe off easily. They do not have full waterproofing, and on extremely wet rainy days, going through puddles I will have a bit of moisture in my socks but because they're breathable it dries off without taking my shoes off pretty quick. I have also used these on campsites and they're both comfy to lounge around in and I can happily go to a dead sprint with these lightweight bad boys.

I've been wearing a pair of trainer socks with a pair of boot socks over them which is the best way in my mind, with just one pair of socks it feels like they're only held on by the ankle, and if, like me, you skip leg day, be aware that the ankle strap does not go very tight, and I did have to punch an extra hole. I also went with extra long laces and wrap them twice around my ankle, which makes me feel very comfy.

Also I've never got more compliments on a pair of shoes in my life.

I'm already considering buying another pair to not wear in the kitchen and keep a little nicer, those these ones I've been abusing for 5 months now and are showing 0 wear. For comparison my crocs that are dedicated for the kitchen, i was wearing only in the kitchen,…

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US Foot Size
10
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US Size Purchased
9.5
How It FIts
Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
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Waxi boots: (almost!) 2 years later

My boots arrived January 2021 after a lot of excitement. They broke in uncomfortably for a much shorter time than any pair of doc martens, redwings, or LLbeaners. They were a constant year round boot, and I applied mink oil during the winter and spring seasons as well as late autumn. They hold up to alot of abuse and after about 8-9 months and many hikes and trips across pavement, boulders, mud, snow, you name it, I was very surprised that they were maybe a bit scuffed and the soles a bit worn. The pictures I’ve attached we’re taken beginning of Nov. 2022 and as you can see the heel lining is ripped and peeling out. This is nothing serious as I haven’t gotten a blister or had trouble getting on or off. I did end up having to replace laces after the aglets went and they unfurled faster than your mom spreads her legs, and I replaced them with tried and true leather laces, which I absolutely recommend out the box. The weld around the boot have blown out. The stitching still holds, but it’s quite obvious I should probably have them fixed properly before I experience a blowout on my favorite boots. If you take care of them with routine cleaning and care, they’re your all purpose woods hikin mountain climbin desert walkin river runnin stompers that’ll last. But I’d buy a second pair to collect dust if I were you.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Based and Rhodie Pilled

Very based, and very comfy, I use these on my hikes now and I can't get enough of them

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Reviewed by Zygmunt W., from United States
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US Foot Size
12.5
Foot Width
Wide
US Size Purchased
12.5
How It FIts
Perfect
Rated 5 out of 5
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Wax on, Wax off

They make a great roach smashing apparatus in my shitty one bedroom slum. 10/10 would buy again, but probably wont have to since they are so well made.

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12
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US Size Purchased
11
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Perfect
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Waxi On Waxi Off

Waxi's were a great edition to the Fandom of this site. I now own two pairs the Wides for not for me. Now that I have a pair that Fit they're Perfect. No break in time for myself. If your shoe size is 12 get a 11. Theyll still be comfortable and Run bigger

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