6 Undeniable Reasons To Own A Pair Of Vellies

You’ve been in the market for a new pair of shoes for a while now, doing research on the best fit, best reviewed and most suitable style. You may have heard of vellies before or you may be on your third pair already, wherever you are in your journey, after this guide you will find yourself looking for more.

It’s undeniable that vellies have taken the South African shoe market by storm. With over 6,000 Google searches per month, we know the growing popularity of this shoe style and we took it upon ourselves to find out why South Africans love vellies so much.


Reasons To Own A Pair Of Vellies

  1. Comfort
  2. Style
  3. Versatility
  4. Durability
  5. Heritage
  6. Functionality

1. Comfort

The #1 reason for owning anything in our books will always be comfort. If any item of clothing does not sit comfortably, chances are you will probably start to avoid wearing it. Luckily, this is not the case with vellies. These authentic South African shoes date back to the 17th century with marginal design changes and improvements. Passed down from generation to generation, the veldskoen has maintained its most cherished quality - comfort.

What makes vellies so comfortable you may ask? These are the 3 main aspects we consider:

  • Firm sole: rubber soles without nails keep vellies firm on your feet without any discomfort
  • Interior room: spacious room inside the shoe can make a world of difference on your foot
  • Flat base: flat shoes are often the most comfortable options. They allow your feet to roll heel to toe when you walk, evenly distributing the weight across your foot.

2. Style

If you’re already familiar with the vellies shoe style, as you most likely are, you’ll agree that few shoes match up to the unique design vellies have to offer. With both vegetable-tanned leather and rawhide options it’s difficult to go wrong. This classic look has remained fashionable for many years and is yet to go out of style anytime soon. The veldskoen has evolved from the practical workman’s shoe into the everyday modern footwear option.


3. Versatility

If you’re talking vellies, you’re talking versatile. No other shoe can be worn by both men and women, with socks or without, in the bush or at work, on a teen’s foot or his granddad’s too. People from all walks of life can be seen in a pair of veldskoen shoes and no judgement will be passed.

The lines between formal, semi-formal and casual are blending at a rapid pace and our rubber-soled, leather counterparts are helping the movement. Whether you’re a jeans-and-shirt type of guy or you prefer to iron out the chinos for a night out, a pair of vellies just seem to tie any outfit together.


Leather vellies on park bench tying shoe lace


4. Durability

Famously known as the footwear of the Great Trek, it’s not difficult to see why leather veldskoen shoes are synonymous with durability. If the original shoes could withstand hundreds of kilometres of travel and wear, you can be sure our modern counterparts are durable beyond measure.

As most are made from 100% genuine leather, their tough exterior can be exposed to the elements without too much worry or concern. Traditionally used outdoors, these shoes are crafted to last even through the roughest conditions.


5. Heritage

Their design is largely believed to be based on the traditional Khoisan footwear, who introduced them to the early Dutch settlers of South Africa. Through the most trying times of our country, vellies have remained impartial and without fear or favour, growing into what we consider to be South Africa’s most popular and loved shoe style yet.

Today, representing unity, solidarity and brotherhood, mens leather vellies are a symbol of heritage that bestow pride on each wearer. A diverse history brought together through a mutual love for fine workmanship and style.


6. Functionality

We wouldn’t give our favourite shoes the recognition they deserve without mentioning this last facet of their design. Leather vellies are widely known to get the job done. Any laborious task is instantly made easier in a pair of veldskoen shoes. If you’re an adventurer (like us), the right pair will get you treading through any terrain comfortably, stylishly and durably.


If you’ve been debating on whether vellies are for you, these six undeniable reasons should have helped you come to a conclusion. At Tom Voyager, we pride ourselves on only stocking the highest quality leather vellies that check all the above boxes. Local hand-crafted, premium workmanship is guaranteed when you choose one of our veldskoen shoes. If you’ve made up your mind have a look at our range here or reach out to us directly and snatch up your pair today.

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