Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Lug Sole
Waxi Boot, Cognac Brown, Lug 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, Cognac Brown, Lug 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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Best boots

Took a few days to break in (and gave me a few nasty blisters in the process) but they're stylish as frik and really solid. I do airsoft and they do well at running through woodland if you intend to do some innawoods stuff. Bit pissed that I had to pay customs and shipping which cost nearly as much as the boots but ah well, worth in the end.

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Great boots

Got 1 size below my normal size and they fit great. Ready to be untrackable in the bush.

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Excellent boots!

These boots are fantastic for my younger brother; he's a big guy (for you) and just couldn't find any footwear in his size. Thankfully I knew the /k/ommando store could help and they did. Now my brother has a nice unissued pair of Aussie boots that fit him perfectly and the reinforced style of the boots helps a previous broken ankle.

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Great hot weather boots, get them!!

I bought these as a gift a long time ago, I wanted a pair but they didn’t have any half sizes back then (only 6.5 and 7.5 us). I was so jealous of my cousin when we bought him a par when he moved out west, the boots went to their natural sandy habitat. So I jumped at the chance to get my size when they put up the preorder. These boots are extremely nice after breaking in, they flex where you need it and molds to fit your foot. It took a few days, and one blister but they don’t rub one bit anymore. The roll protection is nice even though they are shorter then the Austrian boots on the site, a perfect in between high top and sneaker style. Perfect hot weather boots, you literally sweat through them, tho leaves spots to show your adventure wasn’t easy. I even had to order my brother a pair before his paycheck came, incase they sold out. Didn’t have to beat him up to get my money.

As for size, I ordered my true size (us 7 wide). I was going to wear boot socks and use an insert, and when I first got them I was worried. They were a bit big at first, almost too much. But as soon as I put the insert in and broke in the boots they became perfect, still a little loose in the morning but after walking my foot fills the rest out, no more crushed toes. My brother took a full size down (6.5 us wide when he is a 7.5 us.) and just wears them as is, he says he likes them pretty good and can’t wait to put a nice patina on them with use. So size can be a bit tricky, I’d recommend maybe a half…

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Nice boots.

Comfy, flexible out of the box, minimal break in. The description recommends wearing heavy socks, and they weren't kidding. Protip - doesn't do well on concrete floors covered in hydraulic fluid. Don't think the designers had that in mind when making these though.

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