MACV-1 - Origins Edition
MACV-1 - Origins Edition
MACV-1 - Origins Edition
MACV-1 - Origins Edition
MACV-1 - Origins Edition
MACV-1 - Origins Edition

MACV-1 - High Top - Origins Edition

Regular price $170.00 Sale price $129.00

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Homage to the Original Vietnam Era Jungle Boot

Suitable for the needs of Special Forces soldiers who spend a career on their feet, all over the world, with heavy rucks on their backs. And for all adventurers who are looking to support their feet on long trips, journeys, and in their daily active lives.

Note: final sale product, not eligible for exchange or return.

The Origins Story

Fifty-one years ago I was issued jungle boots by the U.S. Army during my first tour in Vietnam. I didn’t know much about their history, just that they seemed a bit strange, as I was used to wearing all-leather civilian hunting and military combat boots and these “jungle boots” were black leather and green canvas. Jungle boots were first adopted around 1942 for use by Army and Marine troops who were operating in tropical and jungle environments including the Philippines, New Guinea, and Indochina.

Since their inception, jungle boots have undergone multiple incarnations - moving to a Panama Sole that better sheds heavy mud; adding steel plates to prevent injuries from punji stick traps; changing the canvas tops to nylon; and replacing the normal insoles with removable ones that provided better ventilation.

While each modification added to the utility of the boots (and by the way, they became my favorites) the GORUCK MACV-1's have far exceeded any of the boots I’ve worn in the past. They’re more comfortable, lighter weight, and more supportive than I expected. They weigh about as much a pair of trail running shoes and are ergonomically designed to better support my feet and ankles. Break-in is virtually non-existent, the insole conforms and supports the foot, and the drain holes really do their job.

The MACV-1 Origins Edition in Black and Military Olive is a nod to the heritage of early jungle boots and those who have passed this way. They look good, feel better, and just work. 

— Richard Rice
5th Special Forces Group
US Army 1966-94


Challenge Leather™ Upper
Tougher than before, our new full-grain Challenge Leather™ is hard wearing and only gets better with time and use. Paired with 1000D CORDURA® and 2" nylon webbing for added ankle support - debris and rain stay out and your feet can still breathe.

All-Terrain Outsole
Dual compound rubber outsole delivers versatile performance in any environment, including improved traction on wet and muddy terrain. The forefoot rubber is formulated for increased grip while the heel area is formulated for abrasion resistance and increased durability. The outsole also wraps up at the toes for understated protection against aggressive terrain or when doing push-ups.

Wide Toe Box
Generous forefoot area lets your toes breathe. Over time and distance during any activity including rucking or traveling, your feet will swell. This extra space reduces the friction that can occur if your feet rub against the insides of your boot.

3mm Speed Laces
Speed laces are 3mm as opposed to standard 5mm. Debris and mud doesn't collect on the 3mm laces like it does on the 5mm, the 3mm rinse off and dry faster, and they're faster to tie because there's less bulk.

Shielding Drain Holes
Keeps sand and debris out and repel moisture with every step. They expel water with old fashioned technology that just works - with every step, you push the water out the side of the boot.

Ankle Webbing
Suitable for airborne operations and maintain stability and support on uneven ground. The 2" webbing is sewn into the heel counter. When you lace your boots up with your ankle locked into the heel, the heel counter and the 2" webbing do not pull forward - this is by design.

Rucking Offset
The ideal heel-to-toe drop for rucking. 13mm offset reduces the strain on your achilles (and by proxy your ankle, knees, and hips) and helps to accommodate a natural gait in an unnatural world of asphalt and man-made surfaces.

Lightweight EVA Midsole
The relationship between the EVA midsole and the rubber outer sole matters greatly to the performance of the boot - and the combined weight is a major factor in whether you want to wear them or not.

Premium Suede Heel Counter
Wraps a supportive, injection molded plastic heel counter. This combo stabilizes your heel as the suede leather prevents the kind of friction that causes hotspots and blisters.

No Spacer Mesh
Spacer mesh is soft, squishy, and feels comfortable to your hand when you touch it. But it’s a trap, literally. The first time spacer mesh looks at any kind of water, your boots get heavier and they stay that way. So we proudly do not use spacer mesh, end of story.

Custom Compression Insert
Our custom insert uses a dense compression foam system that supports your entire foot from heel to toe - including contoured arch support - throughout the duration of your foot strike.

No Break-In Time
They're ready when you are, right out of the box.

Specs + Materials
  • Upper materials: full-grain Challenge Leather™ & 1000D CORDURA®
  • Lightweight EVA midsole
  • Workhorse insert included
  • High-traction rubber outsole
  • 13mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Neutral last (straight from heel to toe)
  • 8" shaft height
  • 8" dimensions: (size 12): 13” L x 4.5”W x 9.25”H
  • 8" lacing system: 3 eyelets with 4 speed laces / 3mm laces
  • Built in Vietnam

Care Instructions: Remove insert. Hose them down thoroughly and let air dry (won't take long). Do not use washer/dryer - it's easier this way. Polish for bar ops and long term care.

Modern Jungle Boots

Ready When You Are.


Lightweight like a running sneaker, tough like an assaulter’s boot. That was our mission and we were religiously committed to it. At under 14oz (28 oz/pair for 6"), MACV-1™ is lighter than any footwear of its kind, ever.


All the support you need for your feet so they’re not smoked after being on your feet all day, whatever you’re doing. Support is foundational to MACV-1™ and makes them versatile — great for combat, traveling, and for people who demand a lot of their feet.


Special Forces grade materials, triple-stitched stress points, a durable EVA midsole and all-terrain outsole that thrives in all kinds of terrain. In Special Forces, adaptability is everything. No matter the terrain or the situation, you want your boots to be as light as possible and you want them to never fail.

The Best Story in the History of Footwear

Old-School Special Forces
Richard Rice, 5th Special Forces Group, US Army 1966-94, GORUCK Senior Advisor

Post 9/11 Modern Day Special Forces
Jason McCarthy, 10th Special Forces Group, 2006-08, GORUCK Founder

Inventor of the Reebok Pump
Paul Litchfield, 30 Year Shoe Dog, Senior Director of GORUCK Footwear

The Story Behind MACV-1™

MACV-1™ became the best story in the history of footwear because it’s not just about the boots. It’s about how we took Rich’s story, Rich’s 30 years of service in Special Forces that began in the jungles of Vietnam, and brought it to life, today.

45 Years Later

Back in Vietnam

"I always wanted to wave the American flag in north Vietnam. I didn't think it would take me 50 years, but we did it for everyone who