What do you love most about South Africa? Is it the smell of a sizzling braai wafting throughout neighbourhoods on late Saturday afternoons? Could it be the wild, lush South Coast with its delicious “bunny chows” and warm ocean water? Maybe it’s the vibrant beauty and colour of every culture, and the rich traditions and fascinating languages of every citizen. There is nothing quite like home, and South Africa is a breathtaking home indeed. Part of what makes South Africans so interesting is their unique, eclectic sense of style, as proven by the donning of the “veldskoen”.
Ever Heard of The Term “Vellies” Before?
If you haven’t, chances are that you have seen them, though. Veldskoene, or vellies as they are commonly known, come from a term in Afrikaans that literally translates to “field shoes”, and many English speakers have since settled on the colloquial term “vellies” for easy pronouncing. Traditionally, veldskoene, made from vegetable-tanned leather or rawhide, are worn by farmers working long days in the dust or mud. The Veldskoen brand, however, saw the gap in the market requiring quality, durable leather field shoes and decided to come up with an innovative range that bridges the gap between traditional practicality and contemporary style. Each shoe in the Veldskoen range is made from master craftsmen and women using 100% genuine African rawhide leather cut from a single hide. What makes these shoes unique is how little maintenance they require – they are made to be worn on African soil and are naturally repellent to dirt and water. Tough and hardy, your pair of original brand Veldskoen boots are sure to outlast any other shoe.
The Vellies range features colourful soles in a feminine design and was created to celebrate iconic women. Each coloured sole in the line represents a significant female first, such as:
- The 1975 Peach Sole – Celebrating Junko Tahei, the first woman to conquer Mount Everest.
- The 2010 Nude Sole – Celebrating Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar.
- The 1963 Black Sole – Celebrating Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go to space.
- The 1987 Violet Sole – Celebrating Aretha Franklin, first female musician inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Chukka strikes a fantastic balance between hard-wearing durability and chic formal or semi-formal style. If you are a looking for a shoe that will look better as it ages, the Chukka is for you. Made from full-grain, waxy, old town leather, these shoes darken and get more comfortable the more you wear them, proving that some things become more exceptional with time.
Our South African rainbow nation is not known only for our wonderful races, cultures, and creeds – but for our love of colour. This is best represented in the Veldskoen Heritage collection, which explores your fun and serious side with no need to apologise for either. Adding some soul to your sole and a spring to your step is what this collection is all about.
Nothing can dampen your spirits (or feet) while wearing Veldskoen Chelsea boots, and that’s because of how water resistant they are. Hydrophobic treatments ensure that come rain or shine, your shoe isn’t going to suffer any water damage. The iconic Chelsea boot is also reinvented in that Veldskoen has given this range a splash of colourful detailing.
What could be cuter than the pitter-patter of little feet in a pair of snug vellies? The Kids’ range offers children’s shoes with various coloured soles and laces, each representing a fun African animal. Cooper the croc, Eddie the elephant, Harper the hippo, Logan the lion, and Robbie the rhino are all exciting characters that represent this imaginative range.
For your very own pair of designer Veldskoen vellies, feel free to get in touch with us today.