African Ranger – Buffalo Skin

(8 customer reviews)


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The Boot that Puts Boots onto Rangers

Each year hundreds of buffalo are removed from our local reserves for diseases and population control measures, with everything on the animal being utilized but the skin we decided something needed to be done.
We sent out a skinning and salting team into a conservancy (logistical nightmare) to gather and prepare these skins for our tannery.
These skins were purchased from the reserve, raising much needed funds for a by-product that would have been disposed of.
Not only do we raise funds for the reserve by purchasing the skins but we will also through the sale of the boots donate a bunch of boots to rangers in need through our Boots for Rangers Program.
A full circle process from start to finish.
50% of Rangers don’t have access to sufficient Boots and Gear and over 40% are required to purchase their own Boots.
With the future of our wilderness areas in the hands of those with boots on the ground Jim Green Footwear and The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) have come together to make sure this issue is addressed.
Inadequate gear for rangers leads to a low morale and effects rangers wellbeing. With Rangers being on the front line of our conservation areas a quality pair of boots is essential for everyday tasks
We put out a survey to Rangers from Across Africa and from that pulled together various focus points as to what is needed in the ultimate all round Ranger Boot. From that we give to you the African Ranger – A Boot Designed By Rangers For Rangers
Follow our journey through our social channels or contact us for further information.
  • NB: Due to the extreme conditions African Buffalo live in, the leather will vary from pair to pair, every boot will have a unique texture and look to it. The product images used show the difference between what you can get.
  • Longer break in period compared to the original leathers we use as African Buffalo skin is very tough and rugged
  • The boot is designed with 3 main focus areas: Comfort and Durability while at an Affordable price
  • The wedge sole is designed to grip while the softer rubber compound keeps the Ranger quiet when walking through the African bush
  • Toe, Heel and Eyelet area manufactured with a double layer of 2.2mm full grain leather for added durability
  • Heel and Toe stiffeners for added durability, support and protection
  • Soft leather collar and tongue for comfort and weight reduction
  • A steel shank between the insole board and sole offers extra support and stability
  • Heavy duty hooks and eyelets to secure feet
  • Insole is secured to the upper with a double stitched 2.2mm braided nylon cord
  • Can be resoled – Stitch down construction
  • Last: STC (This is a wide fit and offers a roomy and rounded toe box)
  • Sole: OR (This sole is designed for a combination of grip, comfort and speed. It is a genuine rubber and of a softer feel to provide comfort under foot)
  • Weight: 1.24 kg (Size 8)
  • Laces: 120 cm
The best way to preserve your Jim Greens is through regular and correct polishing. Water, heat and wear remove the natural oil from the leather, so when the tiny fibres dry out they become hard, brittle and break easily, thereby shorten the life of the leather.
For our leather boots we recommend any natural shoe polish found at your local store. For our suede options we suggest light brushing to remove dirt and a scotchguard for longer protection.
After a long day in wet conditions and you requiring your boots early the next morning, the worst possible solution is to artificially dry your boots. Leather fibres burn easily – especially when wet and therefore should never be left near a heater, placed in your oven or left in direct sunlight. For the best results, footwear should be dried out slowly and never subjected to any extreme heat. Should you work in constantly wet conditions, it is best to alternate between two or more pairs of our Jim Green boots.
We realise that buying footwear online is a daunting task and we are often asked to recommend a size by new Jim Green customers. If you happen to purchase a pair of Jim Green boots online and they do not fit, we will happily exchange them for you. If the measurements fall in-between the lengths provided, we do offer half sizes on certain styles. We can recommend a size but we can’t guarantee the fit.
Foot Length (Inch) US
9.65" 7
9.75" 7 ½
9.85" 8
10.125" 8 ½
10.24" 9
10.4375" 9 ½
10.63" 10
10.75" 10 ½
11.02" 11
11.125" 11 ½
11.42" 12
11.81" 13
12.20" 14
Reviews (8)

8 reviews for African Ranger – Buffalo Skin

  1. Kory G Leach (verified owner)

    I received my African Ranger Buffalo yesterday. I was pretty happy that they were not pristine examples of the Buffalo hide (there are some ridges and scars on the toe and heel caps) but the main body of the boots are clean leather. They have so much character! I wore them today and found them to be comfortable out of the box and quite pliable. I had concerns because they were touted as taking longer to break in. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case IMO. I’ll definitely be looking at other models you offer going forward!

  2. Jacob (verified owner)

    My buffalo skin boots just arrived today (May 25). I must say, very nice boots. The buffalo skin leather is thick and has lots of character. The quality control on these boots is really good. As for sizing, I ordered a 1/2 size larger than what I usually wear on my Redwings. These boots fit spot on for my wide feet. Recommend trying on a pair first if you have narrow feet. Overall, I already like these boots better than my older “brown” African Rangers. Nice upgrade, worth the price difference.

  3. Bob (verified owner)

    My boots arrived in the USA on may 25. They look great. The leather looks good , the variation in leather between the left and right boot is slight. Only variation I see is one cap toe is slightly lighter than the other.
    Definitely I nice looking boot. Can’t wait to take it on a hike

  4. Arlie Spargur (verified owner)

    I received my Buffalo Skin boots earlier this week and have been wearing them everyday since! They are very comfortable. I had not been sure of the success I would have since I have knee problems and have been wearing high arch boots from Flanks and Nicks to alleviate the pain in my knees. I was pleasantly surprised that the lower arch of the African Ranger boot is helping my knees as well! The roomier toe box is better for me than my Razorbacks which took a little while for me to break in. I am very impressed with the quality and value of the Jim Green footwear I have received this far. I pray the best for the company in the future. Not only do we the consumers receive a quality product, but there is employment for quality workers producing the footwear.

  5. David (verified owner)

    There’s not much more about the Ranger I can add that youtubers and Jim Green hasn’t already said about the Ranger in general, so I will just repeat a few of those things in an “I second that” kind of way. They are not heavy hikers (I have a nice pair of Alicos for that). They are not Uber-work boots (my Carolinas or my USMC summer boots depending on the season and task). But most importantly, they are not just a “out to the pub” boot. I have only had them for a couple of days, but I am looking forward to trail walking with these. Some of the trails around me are near rivers, so that wide wedge sole with a gentler tread pattern sole promises to be a little less damaging to the muddier bits.
    Jim Green has really filled a gap in the boot world with this one. Easy going, but tough. Comfy, not flimsy. I can re-sole it when it comes time.
    I found them to be TRUE TO SIZE and they accommodate my hobbit feet nicely.
    As for the African Buffalo leather? I am a fan. A bit of break in required around the toe-break where the tongue stitches in, but more easy going than I expected.
    I will be keeping the razorback in mind for a treat in the future.

  6. SL stein (verified owner)

    One word WOW
    Been wearing my buffalo rangers a couple of days now and am going to suggest them to my friends going on safari !!
    Mine rival or surpass a different brand of safari shoe/ boot and I can buy 2 pairs for the price of one of the other brand!

    A definitely awesome for a hunting or photography safari or work around the farm

  7. Jacob Schmidt (verified owner)

    I just received my Rangers on 5/25/2023,and honestly I have not stopped wearing them. I heard about these boots from Rose Anvil and I’m super happy to be supporting Jim Green, and all the African rangers! Super comfortable, very roomy, and they look amazing. Got the same size as my Redwings and not disappoint in fit at all. I have flat feet and these are the first boots I bought that I could wear for days without foot fatigue. I honestly feel like a broken record with how many times a day I bring these boots up, but I can’t stope raving about these boots! Next up a pair of shoellies I think lol Keep up the good work!

  8. Bachir Battache (verified owner)

    I recived my African Buffalo ranger boots 4 days ago and i am really happy with them, i love the scars and bugs marks on it, breaking is super quick as i live in hot weather i guess and they smell quality, all in all very happy and recommend to any good shoes lover out there in the bush or city center hhh. From the other tip of Africa, Thank you.

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