[PRE-ORDER] Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
[PRE-ORDER] Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
[PRE-ORDER] Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
[PRE-ORDER] Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole
[PRE-ORDER] Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole

Expected delivery in mid-late August, adjusting for complications and power shedding in South Africa.

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

    [PRE-ORDER] Waxi Boot, Dark Brown, Lug Sole

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    Expected delivery in mid-late August, adjusting for complications and power shedding in South Africa.

    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 Ian, from United States
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      US Foot Size
      12
      Foot Width
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      US Size Purchased
      12
      How It Fits
      Perfect
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Cannot go wrong

      So first off:. I ordered this on a Saturday, with a hog hunt the following Friday, meaning I'd have to have it by Thursday. I left KS a message: please, could they make sure the boots were in the mail Saturday afternoon? Sure as night turns to day, KS got the boots to me Thursday afternoon, just in time for my hunt. Since then, I've worn them everywhere, from work to trekking the outdoors to driving my truck around, and I will arrest to these boots and their versatility. All advertised claims were fulfilled and surpassed, and they've replaced my regular outdoors boots for the foreseeable future. They're incredible boots backed by an incredible company, and honestly if I had another set of feet I'd have bought another pair yesterday. As it is, I'll cherish these boots for many years to come, and you will too.

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      Reviewed by Oliver H., from Sweden
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      US Foot Size
      8.5
      Foot Width
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      US Size Purchased
      8.5
      How It Fits
      Too Big
      Rated 4 out of 5
      Review posted

      Great, big, lightweight Boot

      I've been wearing mine for a month and I really enjoy the lightweight and feel of the Waxi. The leather is soft, thin and follows well yet the sole is sturdy and stable. One of my favorite parts of the shoe is the awesome look and history!

      The letdown was the fact of it running a bit big - should've read more reviews thoroughly. They'll do alright as fall/winter boots with double socks (it gets cold). When ordering new ones I'll be sure to go a full US size lower!

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      Reviewed by Landon, from United States
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      US Foot Size
      10.5
      Foot Width
      Wide
      US Size Purchased
      10.5
      How It Fits
      Perfect
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      Great fit, breaks in quickly

      I learned from trying surplus boots that apparently I have some big feet, decided to try these and boy I was not disappointed. They fit surprisingly nicely out of the box, and after only wearing them for a few days of walking the dog they were more comfortable than my old boots. They're flexible and light enough that they feel great in the woods or on unsteady terrain, and they get great traction with the lug sole. Only issue I had with them was that the insole they came with was a bit hard and uncomfortable for me, but after sticking some new insoles in they're perfect.

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      Reviewed by Josh, from Canada
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      US Foot Size
      10.5
      Foot Width
      Regular
      US Size Purchased
      9
      How It Fits
      Perfect
      Rated 5 out of 5
      Review posted

      great boots

      The size I normally wear was sold out. At the recommendation of the support staff I got a smaller size and it worked out very nicely. The boots are pure kino.

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