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Rogue RDB-1 Desert Boots


Rogue RDB-1 Desert Boots


Brand: Rogue
Weight: 1100 g         37 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

Out of Stock in 2 sizes:

• 8 1/2 (43)
• 11 1/2 (46)

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  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

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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 37 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 37

  Excellent footwear, comfortable, kept my feet cool and sweat free whilst on my desert excursion in Egypt. The ankle padding provides that extra bit of support, I can highly recommend these boots, a few days to break them in is advisable as the suede leather is thick and durable these are proper boots not your Clarks carpet slippers.  

  Tom Bryan
30th November, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 37

  I love these boots. I treated them to some leather care straight away and now they will keep their looks for longer. Leather always changes to your foot and there was no exception to these. Lovely item.  

  Jason Shea
2nd August, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 37

  You cannot go far wrong with rogue. Best pair or boots I've bought in years. I love the RB2's aswell...my go to. I bought these desert boots for hunting rabbits during the summer and fall, they have a robust but thin sole and feel like slippers almost, but also rugged enough to handle the wear from brambles and typical British farmland and countryside. A few have complained they are not waterproof, but it's one's own prerogative to understand the materials they select for purpose...suede is animal skin, its fibrous and porous its never going to be waterproof, however will absorb a quality wax...a beeswax and natural clean Paraffin blend 4 or 5 coats will make these bulletproof so long as you keep on top of maintenance. The sole being thin and robust makes for almost zero noise when stalking which is perfect. Given the comfort and manoeuvrability of these boots you get a real feel of the ground and great natural movement of the feet allowing you to stalk effectively without big clunky boots causing noise and hindering your manoeuvrability. Great for general bushcraft if you wax them. Natural materials all have their own merit, but its down to the outdoorsman to know his materials intimately and consider any adjustments or modifications to the material or functionality that may need to be addressed in order to achieve the desired outcome. 10/10  

  Luke O''connor
20th July, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 37

  These are comfy straight out the box. I got them to replace a pair of Bata Vellies bought in Harare in 1992, which after 30 years have developed a hole in the sole. I expect these will last twice as long, judging by the build quality. Took them for a road test, couple of miles over the fields this afternoon. No problems at all. They are tough as old boots, so will need some breaking in. I don't hold with the water treatment, unless it happens naturally. Just take it easy at first. Should bed right in on the old hind paws. I am a size 8 UK, so got the 8 1/2 (43). It's spot on. I have flipper feet: wide toes, high arches and narrow heels. They fit well. My mates have pronounced them stylish as well, so that's a plus.  

18th April, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 37

  Cracking pair of boots. Really comfortable. I've been wearing these to walk the dogs in the morning to break them in. I will wear these on all occasions. Delivery was prompt and well packaged. Thank you  

  George Palmer
4th October, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 37

  3.5 stars. They're well made boots, feel robust and look good, but they're NOT walking boots. Quite low cut Sole not stiff enough. They're going to need some breaking in or wearing thicker socks. I walked 6 miles across fields in these wearing in thin-ish summer walking socks and have got monster blisters on my Achilles. Only suitable short walks.  

  Peter E
28th June, 2022

Rated: 3/5

  7 of 37

  Excellent quality; bought three pairs for myself and some members of my family for a Namibian Kalahari (hunting) safari this coming July. Boot is comfortable, very light and strong. The sole is extremely quiet when walking on stony ground. Service was excellent from Woodlore. Could not have asked for better! Thank you.  

  David Harries
23rd May, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 37

  My second pair of desert boots and my umpteenth pair of rogues, after an inital break in period ( this can be quite a while ) these are simply the most comfortable things ever, just like slippers except you can trek for miles in them over all sorts of terrain. Superb!  

28th January, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 37

  Great shoes! Very comfortable after breaking them in.  

  Jasper Schneberger
13th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 37

  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

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