NAVA Apparel’s ‘Khoisan’ Vellies are a modernized version of the original South African ‘veldskoen’ in black suede with a tribal pattern design cotton weave and black suede trim finish. The interior of the shoes is fully lined with leather and fitted with fiberboard insoles, covered in latex foam and wrapped with leather for your comfort. Our fiberboard innersoles are much more breathable and durable, lasting up to 10 years which helps prevent soles from splitting in half. Fitted with 100% genuine eco rubber soles for outstanding quality and good grip, which are hand-stitched into the bottom of the shoes. All our soles can be replaced and recycled when needed. All NAVA Apparel shoes are handmade by local South African craftsmen and women. Without their skills, our quality products wouldn’t exist.
Artist Inspiration: The Khoisan Collection is designed for the free-spirited wanderers who chose to live from the land. Those who live in harmony with nature like the Kalahari Bushman. This was the inspiration behind the Khoisan Collection. It’s tribal, it’s wild but yet peaceful and harmonious. Wearing pieces from this collection must be respected as the Khoisan are the original native South African’s who still roam the lands, driven to the deserts by those who think they know better, in search for a place of their own, where they can live in peace and be one with mother earth. I think it’s time we learn from them rather than always trying to change their ways.
Veldskoene (“FELT-skoona”) or colloquially vellies (“FELL-ys”) are Southern African walking shoes made from vegetable-tanned leather or soft rawhide uppers attached to a leather footbed and rubber sole without tacks or nails. The name comes from Afrikaans vel (“skin”), later assimilated with veld (“field”), and skoene (“shoes”). They were first made in the 17th century by the first Dutch settlers in South Africa. Their design is believed to be based on the traditional Khoisan footwear observed by these settlers. The footwear was later embedded into the Afrikaaner psyche when velskoene were used as the footwear of the Great Trek.