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.
|Length (inside of shoe)||24 cm||24.7 cm||25.5 cm||26.4 cm||27.2 cm||28 cm||28.9 cm||29.7 cm||30.7 cm|
Tip: It is much better to use a measuring tape or ruler for this but, if you do not have either of these, then your credit card will do the trick. 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. Again, this is not the best way to get the best fit.
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About the Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes:
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; ⊙ Styled with a thinner sole; ⊙ Weight: 1.27kg
Activities: ⊙ Safari✓ ⊙ Travel✓ ⊙ Multi-day adventures✓ ⊙ Everyday use✓ ⊙ Work✓ ⊙ Expeditions✓ ⊙ Outdoor activities✓
⊙ Weight: 1.27kg / 2.8lbs.
⊙ Handmade in Africa.
⊙ Upper made from suede cow hide.
⊙ Steel eyelets with antique brass finish.
⊙ Styled with a thinner sole.
⊙ Packaged in a re-usable canvas drawstring bag as part of our 'say no to plastic' environmental philosophy.
⊙ Please note that as for all leather products, when we make these shoes the shade of the leather may vary. We always make sure that we use the same shade for each pair of shoes we make. You are buying a natural product after all and these variations mean that each and every pair of shoes we make are unique, even if every so slightly.
These shoes are handmade in Africa - and that is the beginning of their adventures. Now with a thinner sole, this supple, hardy footwear is suited to work, city life, safaris, and outdoor pursuits. We have taken a traditional African 'veldskoen,' modernised the cut around the ankle - and added a luxury lining for extra comfort.
About Rufiji™ Explorer Safari Shoes:
Affectionately known simply as "Rufijis", the Rufiji™ Explorers 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 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. These shoes are styled with a thinner sole to suit your preferences.
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 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.
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 Safari 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 on safari and 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 made from comfortable cow suede hide, calf lining, and leather in-sole. The thinner sole of these shoes 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.
*Please do check our size chart to get the correct fit for your Rufiji™ shoes.
Brent Dodd, Africa Artist
7 Aug 2020
These shoes are my multipurpose go to's. I wear them in the studio when painting, they pop personality at meets with clients and I use them when walking and sketching in the field. Absolutely love them. Great buy. Into my sixth year with them.
10 Jun 2020
Very pleased with these shoes, the look good
16 Aug 2019
The most comfortable and versatile pair of shoes I own. Super stylish and great quality too.
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