NAVA Apparel’s ‘Xhosa’ Vellies are a modernised version of the original South African ‘veldskoen’ in sand suede with a tribal pattern design cotton weave and sand suede trim finish. The interior of the shoes are fully lined with leather and fitted with fiber board insoles, covered in latex foam and wrapped with leather for your comfort. Our fiber board 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 craftsman and women. Without their skills our quality products wouldn’t exist.
Artist Inspiration: The Xhosa people are a Bantu ethnic tribe of Southern Africa living in south-east South Africa. The name “Xhosa” comes from that of a legendary leader called uXhosa. There is also a fringe theory that, prior to that, the name Xhosa came from a word meaning “fierce” or “angry” in some San language. The Xhosa Collection was inspired by the strength and determination of our leader Nelson Mandela who fought for freedom for the people of South Africa. The man who made the impossible, possible! So why can’t we all aspire to the same GREATNESS for a better future.