SCHIER SHOES // Lookbook images by jason eric hardwick.
SCHIER SHOES have been making velskoen shoes out of the coastal town of swakopmund, namibia since 1935. A small group of eight damara gentlemen assemble every shoe by hand, turning out just 20 pairs a day.
Velskoen, (pronounced “fell-skoon”) are known colloquially in south africa 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 & crafted using raw materials. Later, schier vellies were adapted by british travellers, packaged & renamed to be what is now known as desert boots. Herbert schier vellies are made of vegetable-dyed kudu leather. The namibian government mandates the culling of these large native antelope to control their population.