Our factory, Hopewell Footwear, is Located in the beautiful city of Durban on the East Coast of South Africa, the country's surfing capital. It is a 3rd generation, locally owned; the 4th generation is studying for a footwear degree in London and working in Italy to prepare him to take over the family business. Owner Mohammed says many of the employees have been with them for as long as he can remember
Hopewell is a member of fairfactories.org. Open Source continuously audits them to remain an internationally approved Veldskoen supplier.
They take full accountability in running their factory ethically and transparently, with rigorous, fair labor, health, and safety procedures. The longest-serving employee has been there 48 years. In short, people love working there.
We spent a long time searching for the right factory to live up to the standards and ethics we were looking for in a partner.
Each shoe is individually hand-cut and sewn, making each shoe unique. The leather hide we use is a single hide; we don’t use compressed composite leather. This means a soft, comfy, and exceptionally durable shoe that lasts and lasts.