Vellie – Tan

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The Go anywhere, Do anything Veldskoen

Vellies were originally designed to withstand the harshest arid climates, here at Jim Green we have taken no short cuts in production, to make sure our vellies live up to this age-old design.
We truly believe that the Jim Green vellie is the best value for money vellie available in South Africa. With the quality of materials used and our ability to resole them they will be with you for many years to come.
  • Manufactured with a single layer of 2.2mm full grain leather
  • The traditional vellie – South Africa’s most loved shoe
  • A steel shank between the insole board and sole offers extra support and stability
  • Thermoplastic toe puff and a heel stiffener for extra support
  • Insole board is secured to the upper with a double stitched 2.2mm braided nylon cord
  • Sole is made from a genuine rubber
  • This boot can be re soled
  • Last: Last: STC (This is a wide fit and offers a roomy and rounded toe box)
  • Sole: BR (This sole is our all rounder option and is designed for durability in and urban and outdoor combination)
  • Weight: 1.12 kg (Size 8)
  • Laces: 90 cm
The best way to preserve your Jim Greens is through regular and correct polishing. Water, heat and wear remove the natural oil from the leather, so when the tiny fibres dry out they become hard, brittle and break easily, thereby shorten the life of the leather.
For our leather boots we recommend any natural shoe polish found at your local store. For our suede options we suggest light brushing to remove dirt and a scotchguard for longer protection.
After a long day in wet conditions and you requiring your boots early the next morning, the worst possible solution is to artificially dry your boots. Leather fibres burn easily – especially when wet and therefore should never be left near a heater, placed in your oven or left in direct sunlight. For the best results, footwear should be dried out slowly and never subjected to any extreme heat. Should you work in constantly wet conditions, it is best to alternate between two or more pairs of our Jim Green boots.
We realise that buying footwear online is a daunting task and we are often asked to recommend a size by new Jim Green customers. If you happen to purchase a pair of Jim Green boots online and they do not fit, we will happily exchange them for you. If the measurements fall in-between the lengths provided, we do offer half sizes on certain styles. We can recommend a size but we can’t guarantee the fit.
Foot Length (Inch) US
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10.125" 8 ½
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10.63" 10
10.75" 10 ½
11.02" 11
11.125" 11 ½
11.42" 12
11.81" 13
12.20" 14
Reviews (7)

7 reviews for Vellie – Tan

  1. John

    I love them, right out of the box fit great.
    I’m usually a 12-13 wide or extra wide and I got the 12 1/2 and they fit perfect!

    These are going to be my go to for many years. I will be buying the razorbacks soon!

  2. Brad E (verified owner)

    What a bargain!! Super comfortable true to size (added Dr scholls insert under original insole to take up some space for my narrow 12.5 foot)

    Breakin is pretty quick and the quality of construction is unmatched at this price!
    Bought all four colors in this style and they were of all the same top quality of build!!

  3. Ben (verified owner)

    I’ve had these for nearly two months. I also have the suede version. At first I was a little concerned because they got bumpy salt stains despite my applying Obenauf’s to them before walking around in my soggy Pacific Northwestern yard. Well, the bumps and white stuff went away (mostly) with further polishing and they’ve developed a lovely patina. I love these shoes. They’re comfortable. They actually follow the contour of my foot. As for the footbeds; I think they’re fine. I think that unless one has a genuine podriatic problem, wearing cushy high-arch supports is not wise. The muscles in the foot need to not be allowed to atrophy. The footbeds in these are sufficient. I’ve recently ordered the Razorbacks and am excited for their arrival. Thanks again.

  4. Cameron Chen

    Great shoes! Comfortable, durable and stylish. I appreciate the wider fit, which I think is a better fit to an actual human foot- not pointy as in so many other designs. I feel stable and well balanced. Happy to have something that will last and last.

  5. Corey MacNeil (verified owner)

    These were the second pair of shoes that I purchased from Jim Green. I wear them mostly as a casual shoe. I’ve put a lot of miles on them and the soles are showing little to no signs of wear. I would highly recommend these.

  6. Ed Frey

    I thought I had reviewed this boot before but perhaps that review was lost when the website was rebuilt.

    What I had to say was something along these lines:
    I received my ‘vellies’, Veldskoen, from Jim Green Footwear in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in June 2020. At that time you could buy the Jim Green Vellie in Full Grain Suede Leather at Amazon but the Tanned Leather that I wanted was available only from South Africa. An email from the company representative that I had been dealing with to get these boots said “You are proudly the first person to receive the Tan leather vellie option in the US.”

    Beyond having bragging rights, they look and feel great and were about 70% the price of the popular Clark Desert Boot which is a copy of the original Veldskoens. I’ll be wearing them for a few hours each day for the next few days before going on walkabout in them.

    For the most part I have been wearing them as my casual shoes. Not putting many miles on them and they have worn very well. I expect them to perhaps outlive me.

    A great ‘desert boot’ from a very good company.

  7. Typod_Nano (verified owner)

    First pair of chukka style boots and I couldn’t be happier. The craftsmanship and leather quality are incredible. The sole is deceptively grippy and the wide toe box is also a very nice addition. Will be buying other styles very soon!

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