Boondocker boots, which are essentially just military-style combat boots, were the official shoe style of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Their name stems from the Filipino word “bundok,” which refers to a remote area like a mountain or jungle. Soldiers stationed in the Philippines required a durable yet comfortable boot to take on unpredictable terrain and “boondockers,” as they were nicknamed, fit the bill. Today, they’re generally worn casually and look great with jeans, khakis and cords. Here, we rounded up a few of the best pairs for men on the market, from brands like Golden Fox, Red Wing Heritage and more.
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1. Golden Fox Boondocker Service Boot
This style features a full-grain leather upper, Goodyear welt construction for enhanced longevity and slip-resistant crepe soles.
Pros: These have arch support insoles. They come in another brown leather finish and a sandy suede version.
Cons: They may run a bit large.
2. Chippewa Aldrich Service Boot
These, too, have a full-grain leather upper and Goodyear welt construction. They also feature a steel shank for added stability, Vibram cork soles for superior traction on varied terrain and a flexible fit.
Pros: These come in a variety of colors and wide widths. Shock-absorbing Texon Poron insoles offer ample cushioning to keep you comfortable.
Cons: They may be a tad narrow for some.
3. Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boot
This boot has a leather upper, Goodyear welt construction and a soft leather lining that naturally wicks away moisture to keep feet cool and dry.
Pros: Meanwhile, a Texon footbed molds to the shape of your foot. Vibram outsoles with mini lugs provide reliable traction. These also come in various colors and finishes.
Cons: They may take some time to break in.