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The Other Desert Boot

  • Najib Benouar


It’s hard to compete with Clarks' poster boot for desert footwear, but we think we’ve found a contender: the Velskoen.

These "vellies" were first made by the Dutch East India Co in the 1600s, modeled on Khosian tribal footwear in Namibia. (Yes, Africa.) Herbert Schier still uses the original model and hide of the native Kudu—which recently found its way onto the ACL x Cole, Rood & Hahn chukka—but with an eight-person shop he's only able to make 30 pairs a day. Which means you'll be in very good company.