NAVA Apparel’s ‘Ndebele’ Vellies are a modernized version of the original South African ‘veldskoen’ in brown suede with a tribal pattern design cotton weave and brown 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 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.