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MORE SHOES, BOOTS & SOCKS:
THE HILL-SIDE
Covert Stripe High Top Sneakers
60% OFF
$73.60 (was $184.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Slip-On Sneakers, Duck Canvas
$150.00
THE HILL-SIDE
Ventile All-Weather High Top Sneakers, Olive
30% OFF
$169.40 (was $242.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Ventile All-Weather High Top Sneakers, Navy
30% OFF
$169.40 (was $242.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
French Camo Low Top Sneakers
60% OFF
$70.00 (was $175.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Low Top Sneakers, "Bleeding" Tiger Camo
40% OFF
$105.00 (was $175.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Wool Blanket Stripe High Top Sneakers
60% OFF
$73.60 (was $184.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Slip-On Sneakers, Chambray/Panama Cloth
40% OFF
$90.00 (was $150.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Charcoal/Brown/Green Socks
30% OFF
$12.60 (was $18.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Chukka Sneakers, Hemp Denim
40% OFF
$110.40 (was $184.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Herringbone Chukka Sneakers, Black
60% OFF
$73.60 (was $184.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Donegal Tweed Chukka Sneakers, Green
60% OFF
$90.00 (was $225.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
French Camo Chukka Sneakers
60% OFF
$73.60 (was $184.00)
PHIGVEL
Horsehide Engineer Boots, Black w/ Brown Core
$870.00
THE HILL-SIDE
Indigo Chambray Sneakers
$175.00
THE HILL-SIDE
Herringbone Low Top Sneakers, Olive
60% OFF
$70.00 (was $175.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Duck Canvas Low Top Sneakers
$175.00
THE HILL-SIDE
Covert High Top Sneakers, Black
30% OFF
$128.80 (was $184.00)
THE HILL-SIDE
Brown Duck Low Top Sneakers
$175.00
THE HILL-SIDE
Tweed Chukka Sneakers, Grey
30% OFF
$128.80 (was $184.00)
PHIGVEL
Horsehide Engineer Boots, Brown
$870.00

"Velskoen" Handmade Shoes, Brown

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.

THIS PRODUCT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, AND IS NOW VIEWABLE ONLY AS PART OF OUR HISTORICAL ARCHIVE.