NAVA Apparel’s ‘Khoisan’ Women’s Classic Desert Shoes are a modernised version of the original South African ‘veldskoen’ in texas black leather with a tribal pattern design cotton weave and a texas black leather trim finish. The interior of the shoes are fully lined with leather and fitted with Italian fiber board insoles, covered in latex foam and wrapped with leather for your comfort. Italian fiber boards are much more breathable and durable, lasting up to 10 years which helps prevent soles from splitting in half. Fitted with 100% genuine eco rubber soles for outstanding quality and good grip, which are hand stitched into the bottom of the shoes. All NAVA Apparel shoes are handmade by local South African craftsman.
‘Khoisan‘ is a unifying name for two tribes of Southern Africa, who share physical and putative linguistic characteristics distinct from the Bantu majority. Culturally, the Khoisan are divided into the foraging San, or Bushmen, and the pastoral Khoi, or more specifically Khoikhoi. Previously known as Hottentots. The San include the indigenous inhabitants of Southern Africa before the southward Bantu migrations from Central and East Africa reached their region, which led to the Bantu populations displacing the Khoi and San to become the predominant inhabitants of Southern Africa. The distinct origin of the Khoi is debated. Over time, some Khoi abandoned pastoralism and adopted the hunter-gatherer economy of the San, probably due to a drying climate, and are now considered San. Similarly, the Bantu Damara people who migrated south later abandoned agriculture and adopted the Khoi economy. Large Khoisan populations remain in the Kalahari Desert.