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Rogue RB-5 Trans Africa Boots

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Rogue RB-5 Trans Africa Boots


Brand: Rogue Footwear
Weight: 1540 g         28 reviews
The Rogue RB5 Trans Africa Boot is essentially a premium, water-resistant version of their classic RB2 Trail Boot. Made in South Africa, the boot was specially developed for the Cape to Cairo walk in 1998 as a hard-working trail/walking boot, and has been worn exclusively by Wilderness Trail Guides in the Kruger National Park since 2003.

The Rogue RB5 Boot is made using superior African leathers, features a water-resistant outer, waterproof insole and is comfortable from the first use. Scratch marks and scars occur naturally on these hides; these marks should give your boots the unique rugged 'bushveld' look, indicative of the African outdoors!

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.

  • Water-resistant outer
  • Waterproof insole thanks to a layering of ripstock canvas
  • Full-grain leather uppers
  • Fully lined with full-grain leather
  • Ball-bearing easy-roller lace loops for quick tightening
  • Lace lock
  • Full bellowed tongue
  • Padded ankle support
  • Moulded rubber sole (please note that sole design may vary)
  • A generous and spacious fit
  • Colour: Oxblood (please note that leather may vary in shade)
  • Weight: 1.5 kg in size 9 1/2
  • Please note that the colour of laces may vary

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• 8 1/2 (43)
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  Overseas deliveries
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  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


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Product Reviews

Rogue RB-5 Trans Africa Boots is rated 5/5 based on 28 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 28

  Really nice comfy boots, great service and fast delivery.  

  Antony Goundry
6th April, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 28

  These boots look great online and even better in person. They're comfortable right out of the box and I imagine they will only get better over time. The sole has good grip on wet rocks and my feet stayed dry and they're not too heavy for hiking. Another quality product from Woodlore.  

23rd February, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 28

  Well I have come to the conclusion that Africa build the best boot in the world. The quality of this boot is outstanding. I have wanted to buy them for a few year now. The fit may feel a little large at first, although with thick outdoor socks the half size up works out just right. Very pleased with this boot, thank you Woodlore team.  

  Sammy Khalil
12th January, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 28

  My boots started to fall apart after 10 months of use. The lace eyelets went first, I thought nothing of it, an easy repair and worth it considering the reviews of these boots generally across the web was positive, some of which included 10 years lifespan for some people. After around 11 months a sole came loose. Completely shocked. They had been really great up to that point, I had worked them well breaking in. They hadn't suffered much wet and damp, I had always looked after them after long walks and kept the leather well. It seems utterly flawed the way in which the soles are manufactured and more could have been done to secure them. In all other ways this boot is amazing and the service and support from Woodlore shop has been excellent.  

  Matt R
10th January, 2018

Rated: 1/5

Woodlore's Reply - 12th January, 2018
Dear Matt, Thank you for taking the time to provide your review on the RB-5 boots. It is rare for these boots to fail and we are sorry that this was your experience with these boots. Thank you for your comments on our service and we will be in contact with you directly regarding a resolution to this issue, which on this occasion looks like a one-off manufacturing error.

  5 of 28

  I've had my RB-5 boots for just over a year now. I absolutely love them. They're exactly what I wanted. I live in the Southeast U.S and the summers are very hot. The boots are unlined and breath very well, keeping my feet a lot cooler. I'll never go back to gortex lined boots in the hot months again. I've been so impressed with the quality and construction that I just ordered the Rogue desert boots from Woodlore.  

  Steven M.
25th June, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 28

  The boots arrived next day, the half sizes and wider fit are very welcome for me and they were immediately comfortable on first use. Pulley wheels in the lace holes are a nifty feature and the leather quality and construction of the boots are excellent. I rarely buy on line, but this was easy, worked well and is entirely satisfying. My previous Light Trekking boots from the store took me several thousand miles over 7+ years and only failed when my big toenail wore a hole in the upper. Tip - trim toenails regularly.  

  Gary James Bond
24th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 28

  First of all I would like to thank Woodlore for providing the best customer service I have ever received from an online retailer. After a problem with my boots, Woodlore sorted the issue immediately, without question, and made a customer for life. Onto the boots...I have been wearing these boots regularly for 6 months. They have been used in a wide range of environments from the Scottish highlands in snow, rain and bog to the rugged and parched southern coastline of Crete. Reasons I like these boots: 1. There is no Goretex - Goretex will fail after a day of heavy use in wet conditions and get worse and worse with time. (Trust me I used to work for a company selling Goretex products (I've seen the real statistics)). On multi-day trips your boots will never dry as the Goretex holds the water in. These leather only Rogue boots will get wet sooner, but they will dry sooner. Just wear waterproof socks if it is particularly wet or change your socks at midday in damp conditions. Otherwise proof your boots well with a wax/conditioner blend like Ledergris and it is surprisingly effective. 2. The main piece of leather from which the boots are constructed goes all the way round the boot to the heel - most modern leather boots use smaller pieces of leather to save on waste and thus have seams at the flex point which inevitably fail and encourage water ingress. 3. The boot lining is also leather - fabric lining will fail faster and give you blisters. 4. There is no insulation in the main boot, just padding at the ankle - insulation holds water, I don't want 'memory foam comfort' or anything similar, just leather. Insulation also is not suitable for hot climates. Having used these in both very hot and cold climates I was very impressed with their comfort at both extremes. 5. The tongue is well sewn in right to the top of the boot. 6. The midsole is not moulded in any way, it is just a fat piece of leather. Modern boots with built in contouring can be uncomfortable especially with custom/larger insoles which then won't sit flat inside the boot. One small criticism I have is that water pools over the 'top down' stitch encouraging ingress - I imagine a low-viscosity silicone sealant applied over the seams would fix the problem although I haven't had a chance to test this.  

  A J Latham
1st February, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 28

  Great boots, quality materials and they look good too. After two weeks of breaking in they are extremely comfortable. I am a size 11 (UK) and after reading reviews on the boot ordered a 10.5. Several people recommended getting the half size down. They were a little tight but after getting them thoroughly wet and wearing them constantly for two weeks they have stretched, however, I can only wear a thin sock. I would recommend getting the half size larger - you can always put I a thicker insole and thick socks. This is my fault and no reflection on the quality of the boots.  

  D R Halsall
19th November, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 28

  I bought these boots after a while spent browsing various makes. I'd been searching for a while for a suitable replacement for a pair of boots I'd had for 8 years and was swayed by previous reviewers emphasising the Rogues' out of the box comfort. And they were bang on. These boots are wonderfully easy to wear. The lacing offers plenty of flexibility and they provide excellent ankle support. I went for a half size smaller and I'm glad I did. They fit well with thin or thick socks (lacing again) and I've had no issues with hot spots forming or blisters. I've been up to the Highlands in them and have used them for everyday wandering and dog walking and they are well suited to all of these activities. And they look good, too. The soft leather doesn't take long to start getting authentically scuffed and distressed and regular treatment with Leder Gris keeps them pretty water resistant. Leastways I haven't had any wet feet issues and I live in Scotland, the home of inclement weather. I would recommend these boots to anyone looking for comfortable and rugged multi-purpose footwear. But the other reviewers are dead right about the insoles. Chuck 'em as soon as possible and replace them with something a little more giving. You don't need to spend lots of money. My insoles were less than a fiver from a local shoe repair place (big name, you know the one, shops on every high street - between the pound shop and the betting shop, probably) and they just put the final perfect finishing touch to the boots. Lovely. Thanks Woodlore for a super fast delivery, too. Great job.  

  Conrad Dobson
13th November, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 28

  Very impressed with the quality of the boots and very comfortable from the first wearing. Only one little niggle. The laces do not match. One lace is a slightly darker brown and thinner than the other.  

  Ian Noblett
5th November, 2016

Rated: 4/5

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