Sunday, May 29, 2016

Schier Shoes ~ Swakopmund, Namibia ~ Est. 1938

Schier Shoes ~ Swakopmund, Namibia ~ Est. 1938:

Individually crafted from wild kudu leather, 
each shoe is one of a kind and made to last.
The Erongo consists of two cuts of skin: the Hakkie, 
and the front which are sewn together. No nails are 
used in the process. A simple sole is added in the end. 
The shoes are then finished by hand, using a knife
to perfect the outer texture of the leather.
Schier Shoes are handmade in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Velskoen, pronounced "fell-skoon" and known colloquially as "vellies," 
are the ancestor of the modern-day desert boot. Vellies were first made
in the 1600s, inspired by the footwear of the Khoikhoi tribe and crafted
using raw materials. Later, our vellies were adapted by British travellers,
packaged and renamed to be what we now know as desert boots.
Our velskoen are made in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia.
There, a small group of eight Damara gentlemen assemble every
shoe by hand, turning out just 20 pairs an afternoon.
These Vellies are made of vegetable-dyed Kudu leather. The Namibian
government mandates the culling of these large native antelope
to control their population. Kudu skin yields amazingly durable leather
and suede that ages exceptionally well. Because these hides
are taken from wild animals they often show scars or other
"imperfections" that domesticated hides do not.

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