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We developed the Wesco combat / tactical boot after many requests for a superior quality military boot in a wider selection of sizes and options than ordinary military boots. This combat boot is basically a Wesco Jobmaster boot with options chosen to make it suitable as a combat / tactical boot. These boots are available in lace to toe, semi-lace-to-toe and regular toe lacing styles. To see the difference between the lacing styles click here.

They can also be made with steel or composite safety toes, in a range of heights and with optional lining in the legs (the foot is always leather lined).

These combat boots are built with black eyelets, black lacing studs, black stitching and black leather laces to comply with military uniform regulations. We can also make these boot in desert tan leather with tan Vibram soles. These combat boots are normally made with Vibram lug soles and a low heel instead of a logger heel. We prefer the lace to toe or semi-lace-to-toe lacing style, however the regular toe style works well for retro-style combat boots.

Since these boots are custom made for each order, it takes a while to get your boots. Wesco's production time for custom boots is currently about 13 weeks .

Wesco Combat


  • Choose from multiple high quality leathers. Most popular are Black Oil Tanned for a matte finish, Black Tie Domain for polished boots and the tan Burlap Roughout for desert boots.
  • 4.5 Ounce Leather lining in foot area
  • StitchDown Sole Construction
  • Standard Hard Toe, Steel or Composite Safety Toe
  • Heavy Steel Shank
  • Snag-resistant Solid Brass Black Studs and Eyelets for durability and strength
  • Full Gusseted Tongue
  • Removable Leather Innersole
  • Heavy Duty, 9 Iron Leather Midsole and Insole - no cheap plastic midsoles to melt on hot days
  • Many styles of Vibram and cushioned wedge soles
  • Available with low heel or logger heel -
    click here for more info
  • U.S. Men's Sizes 2 to 19½ - Widths AAA to EEE
  • 6", 8", 10", 12", 14", 16", 18" and 20" heights

These photos show the boots after they have been shined. New boots, out of the box, are not shined. You're responsible for installing the shine on these boots. Join the club! "Government Issue" combat boots also come with no shine installed.

Boots made with the heavy weight "Black Tie Domain" leather have a shiny satin finish when new and easily take on a high shine when polished.

Consider choosing the Black Oil Tanned leather with a matte finish if you don't need a high shine and prefer to just oil/grease your boots to maintain the matte finish and get excellent breathability and water resistance.

Boots made with the heavy weight Oil Tanned leathers have a dull, oily/waxy natural leather finish. The color is dyed deeply into leather, not just painted on. Oil tanned leather is meant to be oiled/greased to maintain water resistance and its excellent breathability. We feel it's superior to GoreTex® in breathability. Oil tanned leather is not intended to be shined but can be with some effort. If shined it will still be water resistant but will loose much of its breathability. In order to shine oil tanned leather, you first have to remove the oil from the surface by washing several times with glycerin based saddle soap.

Read more about the leather choice and their characteristics here.


If you want more options than are shown here, consider starting with the Wesco Jobmaster boots, which have a wider variety of options. To see the Jobmaster page, click here.
  • Lacing Style
    Lace-to-toe, Semi-lace-to-toe or Regular Toe
  • Steel or Composite Safety Toes provide UL certified ANSI Z41 PT91 MI/75 C/75 protection.
    Choosing safety toes reduces other options which can be chosen. For full details - click here.
  • Multiple choices of leather then the option for smooth side out or roughout
  • Leather Lining in the legs - Heavy 4 Ounce / 1.6mm Leather:
           black, tan/buckskin, brown, platinum, tobacco or navy
    All Wesco boots are leather lined in the foot area.
    This option adds leather lining to the boot shafts.
  • Cambrelle® Lining
  • Wesco Combat Boot
  • Extra ¼ inch / 6mm thick leather or EVA rubber midsole.
    Leather is stiffer, EVA rubber is more flexible and lighter.
  • Many Choices of Vibram® or cushioneed wedge Soles
  • Low heel or taller logger heel
  • Nickel or brass lacing studs and eyelets can be substituted for black
  • Boots can be made with all eyelets and no quick-lacing studs or with a custom configuration of eyelets and studs.
These boots are not kept in stock so they are always made to order.

The Wesco Combat Boot:

This boot is based on Wesco's famous Jobmaster logger boots.

WESCO builds these heavy duty boots on special lasts expressly designed for producing comfortable, high quality boots. The foot area is lined by a smooth inner leather layer which contributes to the strength and comfort of the boot. This extra layer of leather complements the careful fit and excellent arch support. The boot's comfort is further enhanced by a cushioned foot liner like those found in athletic shoes. Our new customers are often surprised when they discover how comfortable these sturdy boots are!

Prices for Wesco Combat Boots

These boots are not kept in stock so they're always made to order with the specific options you require.
If you need more options, we suggest that you visit the Jobmaster boot page -- you can start with
the Jobmaster boot and build a wide variety of boots by choosing the options you need.

( You choose height, soles, lining, etc. -- made to order -- takes about 13 weeks . )

Wesco Combat Boot
Wesco Combat Boot Base Prices
Prices for Options
Steel or Composite Safety Toes
Choosing safety toes reduces other options which can be chosen.
For full details -
click here.
Heavy Weight 7 Ounce / 2.8mm Oil Tanned Leather:
  Black, Redwood, Brown, Navy
- Black now meets NFPA standards for fire and water resistance
- These are the only leathers which can be used with safety toes
No charge
Medium Weight 6.5 - 7 Ounce / 2.6 - 2.8 mm Leather:
  Black Pebble
- This is an oil tanned leather with a pebble surface
- This leather cannot be used with safety toes
Medium Weight 5.5 - 6 Ounce / 2.2 - 2.4 mm Leather:
  Black Tie Domain, Brown Domain, Burgundy Domain
- These leathers have a silky surface which takes a great shine
- The texture and character of the leather shows through the color
- These leathers cannot be used with safety toes
Medium Weight 5 - 5.5 Ounce / 2.0 - 2.2 mm Leather:
  Burlap Explorer, Dark Olive Green
- Burlap is the leather used for desert boots. Has a matte, sanded
   finish. Can be used smooth or roughout.
- Olive is darker and greener than USAF Sage.
Lighter Weight 4 - 4.5 Ounce / 1.6 - 1.8 mm Leather:
- Medium Grey - boots made with this leather must be leather lined
  to provide strength to the boots
Roughout: entire boot made with rough/suede side of the leather on the exterior of the boots
Boots are normally made with the smooth leather side on the boot
exterior, but can also be made using the other rough/suede side
on the boot exterior
No Charge
Two Tone Leather: two leather types
Leather "type" is one of the nine leather choices with either the smooth
or rough side out - so there are 22 leather types to choose from
Multi Tone Leather: three or more leather types$79
Lacing Style
  Lace-to-toe, Semi-lace-to-toe or Regular Toe
Regular toe not recommended except for "retro" combat boots
Same Price
Leather Lined Legs:
  black, tan/buckskin, brown, platinum, tobacco or navy
The foot is always leather lined... this extends the lining up the legs
Cambrelle® (grey) Lining $61
Extra EVA rubber midsole - ¼ inch / 6 mm thick $26
Extra leather midsole ¼ inch / 6 mm thick
(stiffer than EVA option)
Vibram® Soles:
#100, #232, #430, #700, #1275
No Charge
Raptor Cushioned Wedge Soles:   Black, Chocolate, Camel, MaltNo Charge
#100H Tan "Honey Vibram®" Soles $13
#100F Heavy Lug Vibram® Soles / Oil & Fire Resist$15
#705 Retro style split Vibram low profile sole® Soles$33
Logger heels instead of low heels
Logger heels are normally used on logging and engineeer boots.
They are ½" taller than the low heels.
No charge
RUSH fee - your boots will be completed in about half the
current production time


* We don't recommend the 6" boots. The top of the boot is at ankle height.
The combination of an unpadded boot top and unpadded ankle can lead to
pressure points on the ankle bone and discomfort for some.

Order These Boots You can visit the order form to see more information
without placing an order.

Click the button or click here to see the secure order form for these custom Wesco combat boots.

About the boot's height:

To determine where the top of the boot will be on your leg, measure up from the heel of your stockinged feet along the back of your leg. This should be done while in a seated position with the knee bent at a 90 degree angle.

The initial height of the Wesco combat boots will be 1" shorter than measured. e.g. if you order a 12" boot, it will come up 11" from your heel. This may seem strange but it is standard for most brands of lace up boots including combat boots. A 10" government issue combat boot will usually be about 9" high. You can read more about this in our Boot FAQ article on boot height.

As they break in, these boots will stay very close to their initial height.

To convert from inches to centimeters, multiply the height in inches by 2.54

Size / Width Tables for Custom Wesco Combat Boots

Click here for information about low heels versus logger heels...
includes comparison pictures

Sizes available when using Wesco's standard "new" last ( #9165 ) with the sleeker toe.

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16 ½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½  
AAA                           AAA
AA                       AA
A                     A
B                     B
C                   C
D               D
E                 E
EE                       EE
EEE                       EEE

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16 ½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½  

The table above shows the U.S. men's size range for custom Wesco boots built with the standard "new","sleeker" #9165 last.
The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green.

Sizes available when using Wesco's traditional "old" Last ( #9109 ) with the "bump" toe.

This is the last we use if possible unless you request the new "sleek" toe last.

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½

2 ½ 3 ½ 4 ½ 5 ½ 6 ½ 7 ½ 8 ½ 9 ½ 10 ½ 11 ½ 12 ½ 13 ½ 14 ½ 15 ½ 16½ 17 ½ 18 ½ 19½

The table above shows the U.S. men's size range for custom Wesco boots built with the traditional "old" #9109 last.
The boots can be made in any size / width combination shown in green.

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