Our history is as rich and diverse as the country they come from. The first settlers in Africa first documented veldskoen over 400 years ago. And according to Khoisan tribal folklore, they were made and worn by the tribe as far back as 1000 years before that. They made for the perfect shoe construction in the hot, harsh African desert. Easy to make, lightweight, and extremely tough. We just added the style.
According to a GQ Article, Nathan Clark of Clark Shoes was serving in the second world war when he noticed South African officers wearing in his words, “strange leather shoes.”
On further investigation, he found they were being made in a Bazaar in Cairo commissioned by the South African officers after their military boots had failed them. The design was sent to London, where the Chukka boot craze was born.
All our shoes are handcrafted in South Africa, where we employ some of the finest shoemakers in the country. Each Veldskoen is hand-stitched with care and attention given to every shoe. The result is an exceptionally durable and unique shoe.
Every pair of Veldskoen represents more than just a pair of shoes to us. They represent everything remarkable about our beautiful land and the people of South Africa. Simply put, they are more than just a shoe; they are part of our heritage.