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Rogue RDB-1 Desert Boots


Rogue RDB-1 Desert Boots


Brand: Rogue
Weight: 1100 g         29 reviews
The Rogue RDB1 Desert Boot is a light and comfortable everyday boot, designed primarily as travel/safari footwear. With a lightweight crepe sole and soft suede uppers, it's a boot that is supremely comfortable, yet strong enough for walking in the bush.

Thanks to its simple, traditional design in light suede, the Desert Boot is smart enough to be worn as evening wear. The boot features high, padded sides for comfort when walking, and is soft enough to be worn with or without socks.

When we started making footwear in 1976, we set out to make functional, hard-working and durable footwear, using superior leathers, soles and quality fittings. All our footwear is constructed using the tried-and-tested 'Stitchdown' method for comfort. Our shoe moulds are all in half-sizes for a more generous and spacious fit.

  • Lightweight travel boot
  • Supple crepe sole
  • Soft suede uppers
  • Padded ankle support
  • A generous and spacious fit
  • Colour: Sand
  • Weight: 1100 g in size 9 1/2
  • Please note that the colour of laces may vary


  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Rogue RDB-1 Desert Boots is rated 5/5 based on 29 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 29

  Great shoes! Very comfortable after breaking them in.  

  Jasper Schneberger
13th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 29

  Brilliant pair of boots; they just need a little bit of breaking in to soften them up. Very wide fitting - I have bad bunions on both feet and these boots fit perfectly. They are very comfy. Going to have to use them on a bush safari now!  

  Mike Wilkins
6th August, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 29

  These are nice comfortable boots, well made and I think will last many miles. Only issue I had was that I originally bought the 10 1/2 which is my normal size however I found them a little short so I returned them and got the 11 1/2 which are ok but just a bit too big for me! That said, they are comfortable and when it gets colder and I'm wearing thicker socks they'll be perfect! To me the 10 1/2 feels more like a 10 and the 11 1/2 more like a regular 11. The orders were shipped fast and the return was dealt with swiftly. Great service!  

  Dan Smith
9th June, 2021

Rated: 4/5

  4 of 29

  Comfy, tough and they look great. Fast delivery to Norway.  

  Josh Lake
7th May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 29

  I really wanted these shoes to be awesome but for me they don’t quite hit the mark. I’ve only had them for around 3 weeks but in that time I’ve covered about 40 miles. I find that inside where the tongue finishes and joins the toe box to rub and leave hot spots/blisters at the base of my toes - Maybe my foot shape? Also the feel of the shoe is a little underwhelming. I wear all sorts from Haix boots (work) to barefoot (Xero) and to be honest I don’t think these are any more comfortable than a £25 desert boots from Amazon although they may last longer as the build quality of the upper is superior, the sole is very similar. The width is a little wider than a normal shoe (no issue there) but I found the toe box to lack height (may be why the tongue area rubs?) The first pair I received had a problem but Woodlore promptly replaced them; easy process and the team at Woodlore were very good. I don’t think I’ll be buying any more Rogue, however I will continue to use the desert boots without the insole to give a little more room.  

3rd May, 2021

Rated: 3/5

  6 of 29

  Quality is excellent and will do me for some years to come, however the size is just nippy for a 42, which is normally size 8UK. Postage delivery was excellent ordered 31.01 and I received them 02.02.  

  Ronald Duncan
2nd February, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 29

  These are my second pair of Rogue desert boots and as with my first pair I am very pleased with them. My first pair have lasted me about 8 years or so, going through three sets of heels and a complete re-sole, the uppers are still in good condition the leather looks like it will easily last another 8 years. These are now relegated to working in the garage and garden. I've used them for day to day wear at home and work, shopping trips, job interviews, fishing trips ,walks in the woods and in the hills. Breaking in takes a while, about a month with daily use so I'd recommend a thick wool hiking sock for this period after that any thing will do. They are not waterproof so treating them with suede water proofer is a good idea. However they do dry quickly which is useful on fishing trips. I replace the insoles to something more supportive but that's my preference. Once broken in they are very comfortable and i can say one of the best pair of shoes I've ever had.  

  D Reeves
20th September, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 29

  My partner bought these Desert boots for me as a present as I'd had them before in the army. (not issued). I had several pairs over the years, only getting a new pair after they wore out. They simply are the best DB's out there. I used to go out in them, then as they wore older, played football in them, ran in them, the go-to put on for knockabout footwear in the dry. Very, very good for traveling in as they are so comfy. Built well, if you find them hard on the foot they can easily have your own insoles in them. When the laces wear out paracord does very well if not for a first choice. (smile). Spraying them with a guard is a good idea as they do stain easily if you don't.  

  Dave Giles
28th May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 29

  Cracking pair of boots, I own several pairs of the RB5 boots and decided to try a pair of these as Rouges quality and fit is excellent. I was not disappointed with these, super comfortable straight from the box, like wearing slippers. Not as heavy duty as the RB5's but they aren't supposed to be. Perfect boot for travelling and smart enough for evening wear/smart casual. As always great build quality from Rogue and perfect service from RM Bushcraft.  

  Nathan Goddin
1st March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 29

  As always a great service from Woodlore and the boots are by far the best Desert Boots I have had. They are well made with a sturdy ankle support, good quality sole and leather. They are not bulky looking yet give room for the toes to spread. The only thing I did do was remove the pulls at the back. I didn't need them and they just got in the way of the trousers. All in all a great pair of boots for summer wear. Five stars. Thanks Woodlore.  

  John Wind De Leigh
19th February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

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