• Start Here
  • Shop
Shop

Commando Sole Boots – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.


With fall right around the corner there is no better time to buy a pair of Commane Sole Boots. Designed to offer excellent traction while minimizing the amount of lug visible when warn, these soles are the a phenomenal choice for those looking for a pair of daily drivers. Whether you are dressing casually or looking for a pair of city boots to wear with your business casual clothes, we hope this list will offer something for everyone.

1) Meermin: Rust Waxy Commander

Commando-Sole-Boots---Five-Plus-One 1) Meermin: Rust Waxy Commander

Meermin’s Rust Waxy Commander is a great choice if you want some boots on a commando sole without breaking the bank. They’re made from C.F. Stead suede, some of the best suede makers in the world, and feature a stormwelt to maximize water resistance. Pair all that with Meermin’s military inspired derby boot pattern and you have yourself a pair of boots you’ll be happy pull on each morning.

Available for $260 from Meermin.

2) Viberg: Olive Waxed Flesh Boondocker

Commando-Sole-Boots---Five-Plus-One-2)-Viberg-Olive-Waxed-Flesh-Boondocker

Viberg makes some phenomenal boots, but one build we’ve been itching to see is waxed flesh on a command sole—and that’s just what they’ve done here. Made from their olive waxed flesh in the style of a classic Boondocker, these are the kind of boots that look better with each and every wear. Not only does waxed flesh age beautifully, but the brass eyelets and natural thread are the perfect combination for your next pair of daily wear boots.

Available for $735 from Division Road.

3) Grant Stone: Brass Boot in Crimson Chromexcel

Commando-Sole-Boots---Five-Plus-One-3)-Grant-Stone-Brass-Boot-in-Crimson-Chromexcel

Grant Stone hasn’t been around for that long, but they’ve already become a staple of many of our wardrobes. Their Brass Boots are among their most popular, and the Crimson Chromexcel iteration of this style is the perfect example of why. This perfectly proportioned moc toes features tonal stitching, save for the white stitching at the toe, and is finished with a storm welt, chunky commando sole, and high SPI (stitches per inch) on the welt to finish the look.

Available for $340 from Grant Stone.

4) Alden: Indy Boot in Reverse Tobacco Chamois

Commando-Sole-Boots---Five-Plus-One-4)-Alden-Indy-Boot-in-Reverse-Tobacco-Chamois

Alden’s commando sole is far from as heavy duty as those used by many other brands, but it still offers significant traction while hiding the lugs of the sole. The Reverse Tobacco Chamois leather used is a fan favorite, and the understated stitching, agatine eyelets, and reverse welt complete a boot that is easy to work into nearly any wardrobe.

Available for $621 from Leffot.

5) Tricker’s: Grassmere Country Boot

Commando-Sole-Boots---Five-Plus-One-5)-Tricker's-Grassmere-Country-Boot

If you ever imagine yourself trekking through the British countryside on a crisp, Sunday morning chances are you imagine yourself wearing a pair of Tricker’s Grassmere Country boot or at least something very similar. These boots feature a grained leather, straight-backed ankle, stitched toe-cap, and gusseted tongue for water resistance. Whether you pick these up in brown zug grain or black scotch grain, they’re a great style to work into your favorite outfits.

Available for $455 from Tricker’s.

Plus One – Joe Works Shoemaker: Black French Calf  Tanker

Commando-Sole-Boots---Five-Plus-One-Plus-One---Joe-Works-Shoemaker-Black-French-Calf Tanker

Joe Works Shoemaker is one of those brands that makes phenomenal shoes while remaining under the radar of many. This Black French Calf Tanker is a phenomenal build, with nickel eyelets, a tanker style toe, and thick commando sole. Made in Japan by a group of a few skilled artisans, it’s hard describe the quality of such a pair but easy to see once you have them in hand. Not everyone is up for a pre-order, but if that doesn’t dissuade you then these are truly a fantastic option.

Available for $1080CAD (~$840USD, 50% due pre-order) from Miloh Shop.