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Tuesday, August 20, 2013


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Brother Vellies was founded in collaboration with Creative Director, Aurora James. While relatively unknown outside of South Africa and Namibia, Velskoen, pronounced "fell-skoon" and known colloquially 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 and crafted using raw materials. Later, vellies were adapted by British travellers, packaged and renamed to be what we now know as desert boots.

 Velskoen are made primarily in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia. Between there and South Africa, a small group of eight gentlemen assemble every shoe by hand, turning out just 20 pairs an afternoon.

 Vellies are made of vegetable-dyed Kudu leather. The Namibian government mandates the culling of these large native antelope to control their population. Kudu skin yields amazingly durable leather and suede that ages exceptionally well. Because these hides are taken from wild animals they often show scars or other "imperfections" that domesticated hides do not.

Just like our adults shoes, all of their kid’s shoes are handmade in Swakopmund, Namibia. Mini versions of the traditional African velskoen are made from a variety of leathers – kudu, pigskin and oryx.
Price range: $195.00-$380.00, orders placed online ship in 2-3 days from their location in New York & pre-order sizes will be made to order and shipped in 4-8 weeks. 


While the kids shoes are built to last and great as hand me downs we are happy to offer a donation service. We will happily take in any outgrown kids vellies to be placed in a new home with a child in need. Once your shoes have been placed, you will receive a postcard of thanks from their new owner and a discount code for 10% off your next purchase.
Price range: $85.00-$115.00

For more info on donating your vellies, write us at: kids@brothervellies.com

Made as an Exclusive for Opening Ceremony and designed by the wonderful gents in our workshop. This Patchwork Cheetah vellie combines our classic blue and red suede kudu with printed hair-on calf. 
Supporting African Designers*  



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