J-bay or Jefferies Bay is one of the best-known surf spots in the world. It sits on the east coast of South Africa about a day’s drive north of Cape Town It has a perfect point break with crystal blue water hence where we got the name for the blue Veldskoen. J-bay is considered by many to be one of the few meccas of surfing.
Ethics First: We believe in building better shoes. That's why our Veldskoen are handcrafted with locally sourced premium materials, made with a compulsive eye for detail, a conscious mind and an innovative approach to transparency with a desire to never stop improving and evolving.
Superior materials: All our materials are sourced locally. By sourcing locally we help support local businesses and communities and in turn reduce the carbon footprint by reducing transit and production times.
Comfort: Veldskoen will feel like butter on your feet. The leather naturally conforms and molds to your foot. After a few days of wear, they will feel like they are an extension of your foot.
Hand stitched durability: Each Veldskoen is hand stitched in South Africa by master shoe makers. This means individual care and attention is given to every shoe. See our factory to learn more.
Brighten your sole: We offer a color to match any situation. From cruising the office to hiking through the bush without skipping a beat.
Smell the roses: Did you know leather is a natural deodorizer? Our shoes will have your feet smelling like a rose.
Leather Uppers: Our Leather is sourced from a local tannery just outside of Cape Town. It is run by and employs the local community. We use a full grain Proteus suede 1.8/2.0mm sustainably and ethically harvested as a byproduct from a meat tannery.
Veldskoen Sole: All our soles are made from 100% recyclable rubber compound that has an extended durability. It also has shorter cycle times, lower energy consumption, and less waste during manufacturing in effect slashing our greenhouse gas emissions.
In soles: To create the most comfortable shoe, and to live up to our history as a shoe that is designed to be on your feet all day, we spared no expense in finding the very best combination of materials and manufacturing. We use a 4mm stitch down with high-density memory foam with a durable PU lining that creates the perfect padding and ultra-comfort for your feet.
Laces: Our laces are 50/50 polyester cotton blend with a length of 70cm / 27 inch. The combination of the Polyester and Cotton blend create a strong and flexible lace that will not break down and lasts longer than traditional laces.
Stitching: Our stitching is a semi waxed 100% polyester braided thread that is as strong as the shoe itself. We use double stitching on all high movement areas of the shoe for added strength.
To us, sustainabilityis about making beautiful products that last, constantly looking at every aspect of a process, and evaluating how we can do it better to improve the impact on the environment and the people around us.
Had a little trouble deciding on a size but ultimately went with the tighter fit and they seem to be fine. Love the look and comfort!
Strats (Cambridge, US)
A little tough around the ankles. Can’t imagine no socks but hopefully some day because I can’t stand socks. Love the blue. True to size.
Kathy B. (Palm Desert, US)
Best Desert Boots Ever
So comfortable on my feet, looks good and I’ve gotten lots of complements on my blue soles and laces. Love having legit desert boots! thank you South Africa👍
Shoelovah (Great Falls, US)
Shoes and customer service are equally amaze balls
The shoes are awesome- random strangers have stopped me to tell me how much they love them. Not gonna lie... I was pretty cocky about it.
The customer service is awesome too- I played Goldilocks, "these are too tight... these are too loose" until I finally got the perfect pair and the person who helped me was ridiculously cool about it. You don't get that kind of support very often these days. It was pretty freaking great.
Heather J. (Little Elm, US)
The best shoes
They are a perfect fit and I got compliments the first day I wore them. They’re super comfortable and I look forward to seeing how they hold up in the Texas heat.