Herbert Schier

Herbert Schier

Herbert Schier

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 workshop. A production line of 10 Damara gentlemen assembles every shoe by hand, turning out up to 30 pairs a day.

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.

Our shoes are a fair-trade product and we are always working on more sustainability.


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