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"Velskoen" Handmade Shoes, Red

Velskoen, pronounced "fell-skoon" and known colloquially as "vellies," are the ancestor of the modern-day desert boot. They were first made in the 1600s by members of the Dutch East India Co., inspired by the footwear of the Khoisan tribe. These days in South Africa and Namibia, hard-working vellies are worn by all types, from laborers to bush rangers to university students.

Our velskoen are made in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia, at the Herbert Schier factory. A production line of eight Damara gentlemen assembles every shoe by hand, turning out 30 pairs a day. Get a closer look at the process on the Schier website here.

Herbert Schier vellies are made of vegetable-dyed Kudu leather. The Namibian government mandates the culling of these large native antelope to control the population. Kudu skin yields amazingly durable leather and suede, and because these are taken from wild animals they often show scars or other "imperfections" that domesticated hides don't.

Construction: Suede upper, leather footbed, rubber sole; "Kudu head" brass rivets; reinforced leather heel counter; hand-sewn and fully resoleable.

Sizing: Only available in UK men's full sizes. They run slightly large. We recommend ordering 1.5-2 sizes below your US shoe size. So a US 10.5-11 would fit a UK 9.

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