This Women’s ‘Ndebele’ Classic Desert Shoes in Diesel Brown Leather are a modernised version of the original South African ‘Veldskoen’ made from a 100% South African Cow Leather with a multi colour tribal design cotton weave and diesel brown leather trim finish. The interior of the shoes are fully lined with leather and fitted with Italian fiberboard insoles, covered in latex foam and wrapped with leather for your comfort. Italian fiber boards 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 NAVA Apparel shoes are handmade by skilled local South African craftsmen.
Artist Inspiration: The Ndebele Collection was inspired by the colourful and creative artwork of the Southern Africa Ndebele Tribes houses. Please do yourself a favour and research this topic to see the pictures of these beautiful and artistic creations. This showed me that the importance of art and the use of colour has always played a massive role to us as humans from all corners of the earth. Embrace your colour and art because this brings people together and breaks barriers. Hence our slogan ~ BE INSPIRED. BE YOURSELF. BE NAVA. ‘NAVA’ meaning beautiful and thereby I believe everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way.
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.