At Strassbergers we define our shoes as “velskoene” and not “veldskoene”, an important distinction that we like to make. Vel is the Afrikaans word for “skin” while veld means “field” in English. The Velskoen has its origin from indigenous Khoisan people who used animal skins to cover their feet to protect against the heat, cold, harsh terrain and other threats. As we make our shoes from genuine leather using animal skin, it is the description we prefer.
While leather is remarkably durable, proper care ensures that it will last much longer. We recommend that you treat your Vellies to a pamper session at least once a week, especially hardworking farmers who are known to wear their vellies every day of the week. When shoes are made with a more natural grain leather, they tend to show ‘marks’ sooner than the others. For these we recommend applying our Bootfood balm before wearing. This balm protects the leather and extends its life. The leather in this category is referred to as having an “Anneline finish”, e.g. CH Dark, CH Tan, African Kudu and especially Cabretta.
With these tips we invite you to start (or continue) your Strassberger journey and we hope that our Vellies will provide you with a comfortable experience for many years to come.
With compliments, from Strassbergers.
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