Rufiji™ Explorer Veldskoen Shoes (original)

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Rufiji™ Explorer Veldskoen Shoes (original)
These shoes are handmade for you in Africa - and that is but the beginning of their adventures. This supple, hardy footwear is suited to work and city life, as well as all outdoor pursuits.
Key Features: ⊙ Handmade in Africa ⊙ Suede cow hide upper ⊙ Steel eyelets with antique brass finish ⊙ Crepe sole ⊙ Veldskoen design.
Made for: ⊙ Safari ⊙ Outdoor pursuits: Fishing, Hiking, Walking ⊙ Travel ⊙ Everyday wear ⊙ Farming
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Please view the size chart before ordering. Our sizes are not US sizes.

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Size Chart & Size Guide

Please read the instructions below this size chart before ordering. We have indicated whether this size chart uses body or garment measurements in the notes below the size chart. Allow 1cm variance for all garment measurements (as an example a 56cm garment measurement has a variance of 55-57cm. Please factor that into deciding on the size to order.)

To select cm (cm) or inches (in") please see the top left corner of the size chart table.

cm/ in" 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Length of Inner Sole 25 cm 25.9 cm 26.5 cm 27.2 cm 28 cm 28.8 cm 29.8 cm 30.7 cm 31.6 cm
Width of Inner Sole 7.8 cm 8 cm 8.5 cm 8.7 cm 8.9 cm 9.2 cm 9.5 cm 9.7 cm 9.8 cm

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Please use this size chart before ordering this product to ensure that you get the best fit and to save on returns costs.
•You can view the size chart in inches or centimeters by clicking on the "cm" or "inch" text on the green bar above the chart.

With so many different brands from all over the world available on the high street and online, the only way to get your size right the first time round is to use our unique sizing guide for shoes. Please note that this is a guide meant to assist you as much as possible, but we do acknowledge that peoples feet really do vary tremendously and so please treat it as a guide, not as hard and fast for all feet across the world.

Three easy steps to ordering the right size:

Remove the inner sole of a similar pair of shoes that fit you comfortably. Be sure not to damage the shoe in doing so. For sandals you should be able to measure the sole directly.
How to get the right shoe size
Measure the inner sole from the heel to the tip of where the big toe will be. This will be the length of the inner sole. Measure the widest part of the sole. This will be the width of the inner sole.
How to get the right shoe size How to get the right shoe size

Tip: If you do not have a measuring tape, use your credit card. The long side of a credit card measures 8.5cm and the short side is 5.4cm. Simply use the centimetre measurements on our chart and divide by 8.5cm to get an idea of how many credit card lengths equals the measurement you are recording.

Compare your measurements to our size chart and choose your size accordingly.
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Rufiji™ Explorer Outdoor Shoes (thick sole):

Quick Facts: ⊙ Upper made from suede cow hide, 1.6-1.8mm; ⊙: Lining: cow calf lining,1-1.2mm; ⊙ In-sole: Leather veg tanned with Eva runner of 3mm; ⊙ Sole: crepe (not natural crepe); ⊙ Eyelets: steel with antique brass finish; ⊙ Braided flat laces; ⊙ Sole thread: braided 1mm thread; ⊙ Weight: 1.27kg

Activities: ⊙ Travel ⊙ Multi-day adventures ⊙ Everyday use ⊙ Work ⊙ Expeditions ⊙ Outdoor activities

⊙ Handmade in Africa.
⊙ Upper made from suede cow hide.
⊙ Steel eyelets with antique brass finish.
⊙ Packaged in a re-usable canvas drawstring bag as part of our 'say no to plastic' environmental philosophy.

These shoes are handmade for you in Africa - and that is but the beginning of their adventures. This supple, hardy footwear is suited to work and city life, as well as all outdoor pursuits.

About "Rufijis" (SafariLife Footwear):
Our Rufijis all started with a trip by Safari Steve to a small leather and shoe manufacturer in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Steve was looking for one pair of shoes that was suitable not only for safaris, but also to wear at home, on the high street, at work, at play, in the pub, and on expeditions. He did not find what he was looking for, but the challenge of creating such a shoe excited him, so he sat down with the master cordwainer at the small leather and shoe manufacturer and set about designing the Everything Shoe.

Now handmade from suede cow hide by the same small team of highly skilled Zulu and Indian craftsmen and women, Rufijis embody our SafariLife philosophy. SafariLife is all about the crossover between our day-to-day lives and our passion for the outdoors. It is a connection, a link, which we all need in our everyday lives. We believe that you will not only walk many miles in your Rufijis, but that you will experience the diversity life has to offer every day.

Our Rufijis are made from high quality leathers and materials:
Upper:Suede Cow Hide, 1.6 -1.8 mm
Lining:Cow calf lining, 1-1.2mm
Insole:Leather Veg Tanned with a Eva runner of 3mm
Sole: Sole is from crepe. This is not the natural crepe.
And more: Eyelets are made from steel with an antique brass finish; Braided flat laces. Sole thread is a braided 1 mm thread.

Our Rufijis are handmade by a highly skilled team of Zulu and Indian workers. Follow the process below:
1. Hand selecting the leather
2. The clicking process: the top part of the shoe or the upper is made.
3. Closing: here the component pieces are sewn together by highly skilled machinists to produce the completed upper.
4. Lasting room: the completed uppers are moulded into the shape of a foot with the help of a "Last". A last is a plastic shape that simulates the foot shape.
5. The finishing department: this is where the shoes are trimmed, filed, brushed, and cleaned.
6. The shoe room: here your Rufijis are checked for quality, laces are put on, and they are packed.

The video story behind this process is included in the images on this page.

In an age of mechanisation, products created in the hands of talented artisans speak to an appreciation of quality and attention - tailoring not only fine shoes, but also a story behind what you choose to wear. The materials of our Rufiji™ Explorer Outdoor Shoes are handled with the attention and expertise of skilled craftsmen to create special, strong footwear in natural materials that will be right at home outdoors, as well as a stylish focal point in urban environments.

By purchasing Rufiji™ Explorer Shoes, you are also supporting African shoemakers in providing them with livelihoods. Your purchase also assists with the education and supply of stationery, sports equipment, clothes, and transport to 15 children from a nearby community.

Say no to plastic packaging
Your Rufiji™ shoes are packaged in a re-usable canvas drawstring bag. At The Safari Store, we are working hard to eliminate plastic from all of our packaging. This forms part of our commitment to a green future and the preservation of the environment, so future generations can enjoy pristine natural spaces.

"Rufijis" SafariLife Footwear:

⊙ MATERIAL: These shoes are handmade from comfortable cow suede hide, calf lining, and leather in-sole. The sole is made from non-natural crepe.

⊙ LACES: The braided flat laces make for a secure fit and contribute to the overall look of the shoes.

⊙ EYELETS: The steel eyelets have an antique brass finish which complement the natural safari styling of the shoes.

Product notes::
*Please do check our size chart below to get the correct fit for your Rufiji™ shoes. These shoes are not standard UK sizes. If you do not have the time to do the measurements as per our size chart, please order one size smaller than the UK size you would normally purchase. However, using the size chart is highly recommended.

*Please note that we do not recommend these shoes for safaris as they are not a neutral, safari-friendly colour. For safari-suitable options, please view the Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes and please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on what to pack for your safari.

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⊙ MATERIAL: These shoes are handmade from comfortable cow suede hide, calf lining, and leather in-sole. The sole is made from non-natural crepe.

⊙ WEIGHT: 1.27kg
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