This is one way you can use in order to choose which pair of Veldskoen Shoes to wear. Louis Rautenbach, owner-operator of Klaserie Sands Safari Trails had to spend several minutes practising his juggling skills before stepping in front of my lens for this action shot. Considering it has been MANY years since he juggled, he did really well. In the end, he chose a red pair…
Fun Fact #321: All the shoes featured in this posting are from the Heritage Range. The red shoe is called The Pinotage. Footwear named after a type of wine, whatever next? A wine called Veldskoen?
Lead Trails Guide, Matthew Plaistowe, had to break a long-standing habit and put on this pair of Veldskoen Shoes, rather than the boots that he normally wears. He was very happy with them and it looks like this yellow pair will be seen regularly in Klaserie Sands.
Fun Fact #322: The Yellow shoe is known as The Vilakazi…named after the only street in the world that was home to not one, but two Nobel Prize winners!
The origin of the veldskoen:
These are an iconic type of South African footwear. Designed originally to be worn as work shoes, they were worn during the Great Trek and were first made by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. Based on the Khoisan footwear, they were made from leather uppers attached to the soles without the use of nails. Today they are still a bush favourite and are worn by field guides and farmers. Veldskoen Shoes has re-invented this classic shoe, added colour in the form of matching soles and laces, and turned them into hip Urban footwear.
Just a jump to the left…If the green Veldskoen Shoes do not make an impression, then the bright blue socks will.
Fun Fact #323: Kicking up dust in The Lowveld…aptly named because that is where we were!
Wearing Veldskoen Shoes will keep your feet out of the poop. And wearing these iconic, hard-wearing shoes, there is no reason to go round when you can walk THROUGH a mound of dried elephant dung.
An interesting fact for me is that these shoes can be worn without socks, yet they do not seem to smell. Should you wish to give the impression of being sockless, then there are secret socks for both men and women.
I had brought two pairs with me…this one is my second favourite pair and was taking a ‘break’ on the deck outside my tent. If the shoe has the South African flag, then it is a Veldskoen Shoe.
Veldskoen Shoes and a Land Rover…what more do you really need? Although all the shoes in this posting are being worn by men, the company also does a range of women’s shoes as well as a new range for children. There is also a Chelsea boot and a 3/4 boot called a Vellie on offer.
Time to relax and put my feet up after several hours of walking. I have had this particular pair for 3 years and they have been with me to Europe, Asia as well as spending many hours at various places on the African continent. They have received compliments on a beach in Goa, India and from a competitors staff member at a stall at a recent exhibition! High praise indeed.
Fun Fact #324: My trusty stalwarts, The Bloem.
Many thanks to Henk Brand of Secret Adventurer for this image. It is not often that I am in an image rather than being behind the lens actually taking the picture. Both Lead Trails Guide, Matthew Plaistowe and I are wearing Veldskoen Shoes!
Would you like to purchase a pair or two of these iconic Veldskoen Shoes? Visit their website and use the word “DAVID” as the voucher code. That will automatically give you 20% off the purchase price!
From L to R: Lowveld, Farmer, Safari, Vilakazi, J-Bay, Uhambo and Pinotage.
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