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The Courteney Boot Company

Genuine handmade exotic gameskin safari boots, shoes and accessories. Worn by Africa’s wildlife professionals.
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Handmade Safari Boots, Shoes and Accessories in Exotic Gameskin Leathers

Courteney footwear and accessories are manufactured in the old fashioned way that’s seldom seen today. Our products are handmade to order by skilled craftsmen and women in a small workshop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, using the finest gameskin leathers from renewable (CITES Approved) resources.

The Courteney collection combines natural gameskins such as Ostrich, Kudu, Cape buffalo, Impala and Hippo leather. With wild leather there will be variations in colour and texture, but your hand-crafted Courteney product will age gracefully with time, wear and polish. Gameskin is more comfortable to wear than bovine, and as the leather shapes itself to your ‘footprint’, your boots will become personalised and unique to you.

Unlike mass produced footwear, we use all-natural materials. The upper, lining, insole and sock are all natural leather, allowing your foot to breathe. We even make our own natural rubber soles which are flexible and extremely quiet.

We import the world’s best threads, adhesives and grindery. Our lasts are made by England’s best foot form maker, allowing us to produce footwear that includes genuine half sizes for men and women.

We guarantee the comfort and quality of our products and promise many miles of enjoyable walking.

Veldschoen Construction

Courteney Safari Boots

In shoemaking jargon, the veldtschoen, or stitchdown construction method is strongly recommended for boots and shoes which must be weather resistant and flexible. 

The English translation of ‘veldtschoen’, the 17th century Cape Dutch name for what is technically known as a stitchdown, is ‘field shoe’. Today it is seldom spelt that way. In modernised Afrikaans the familiar footwear is known as a ‘veldskoen’ or a ‘velskoen’ – the former meaning field or bush shoe, and the latter skin shoe.

Now affectionately and commonly called a ‘vellie’ (pron. felly).

The stitchdown holds a special place in the southern African footwear industry. Developed by the Dutch Voortrekkers and Pioneers, it was a product of the African bush, a rough shoe made of untanned game hide on the Great Trek northwards. By the simplest definition of construction, the upper was out flanged and stitched onto the sole and runner. The original workshop for producing veldtschoens was near Algoa Bay at a place today called Uitenhage.

The veldtschoen shares with the sandal and the moccasin the distinction of being the world’s oldest footwear constructions. Clarks of England and others like Courteney have made the style internationally famous. Today, making stitchdown shoes and boots is a highly specialised and technically challenging process. Although unchanged from its original concept, today’s veldtschoen benefits from modern technology and the advantages of innovative shoemaking.

It all starts with the last, which is a carefully developed wooden or plastic foot-shaped form or model. It is three dimensional, similar to the average human foot but with allowances for the toes, movement and expansion. To ensure maximum support and comfortable fit, the Courteney lasts were manufactured in England by the makers of Clarks of England lasts. The footwear designer works on the last to produce a comfortable and stylish boot or shoe.

With the veldtschoen, or stitchdown, method of construction the upper material is flanged outwards during the lasting process and attached by adhesive and stitching to a layer of material known as the runner or midsole. The sole is then attached by adhesion. At Courteney we double stitch the gameskin upper to a Giraffe leather runner which is combined with a microcellular rubber mid sole for additional strength. Courteney soles are made at our workshop from natural rubber prepared to Courteney specifications, and are attached with a two part polyurethane adhesive.

The Courteney Boot Company has incorporated the old fashioned values of hardiness and durability with modern ideas to produce a genuine veldtschoen which, with care, will serve you faithfully, and become an integral part of your adventures for years to come.

Courteney Boots Product Care

Cleaning leather Courteneys

If your boots are dusty then wipe them with a cloth dipped in water with a very small amount of ordinary dishwashing liquid, and wrung out, then again with the cloth rinsed in plain water and wrung out. This will be enough to get the surface dust off before polishing.

If your Buffalo or Elephant leather boots are more dirty than dusty you can wash them:

✗ Do not put them in the washing machine

✗ Try not to get them too wet.  Don’t saturate them.

✔ DO wash carefully with your own fair hands

✔ Stuff them with newspaper and shape, then leave in a cool, shady, airy place to dry naturally, and slowly, in a gentle breeze. ✔ ✔ ✔ 

✔ When dry, polish well.

The leather fibres burn easily, especially when leather is wet, and should never be dried with artificial heat.

✗ Do not dry near a fire

✗ Do not dry near a radiator

✗ Do not dry in the sun

✗ Do not dry in a tumble drier

✔ DO dry slowly in a cool, shady, airy place

If your boots have become wet from rain or puddles then wipe, leave to dry in a cool, shady, airy place, and polish.

Remember – your boots are made of leather:

✗ don’t stand in a river and fish in your Courteneys

✗ don’t stand at the edge of the sea and fish in your Courteneys

Cleaning Suede Courteneys



Your Rhodesian vellies are hand-made of genuine Kudu suede in the traditional way.

You may wash them gently with lukewarm water with a small amount of ordinary dishwashing liquid, using a soft brush. Try not to saturate the whole boot.  Blot dry with a moist, clean cloth.  Pack the insides tightly with newspaper and shape, then allow to dry in a cool, airy and shady place.

✗ Do not dry near a fire


✗ Do not dry near a radiator

✗ Do not dry in the sun

✗ Do not dry in a tumble drier

✔ DO dry slowly in a cool, shady, airy place

✔ When dry, brush suede with a clean brush to restore the nap

Traditional cleaning: Since time immemorial the owners of bush vellies have ‘dry-cleaned’ theirs using coarse, dry maize meal and a stiff scrubbing brush. The meal absorbs grease stains and lifts dirt, and the scrubbing raises the suede ‘nap’ to its original condition. Simply dampen the outside of the vellies, coat them with dry uncooked mielie meal and leave to dry in a warm place. Brush off and they’ll look as good as new.

Cleaning Hippo Courteneys




Hippopotamus leather has an absolutely beautiful striated appearance and is superbly soft and velvety to the touch.  It is extremely flexible and durable as well as being really strong and comfortable.  Hippo leather always carries scars from the tremendous battles waged during its life and these are wonderful characteristics of the finished leather.  We deliver our Hippo boots with the natural ‘suede’ finish.  You may choose to keep that suede look, or polish the leather in which case it will become smooth.

The ‘suede’ may be preserved by use of a good quality commercial preparation, and there are also very good cleaning products available.

Cleaning Ostrich Courteneys





Ostrich boots are among the most comfortable leather boots you can buy. Ostrich leather is durable and can be dyed any colour. It’s also one of the toughest, yet most pliable of the exotic leathers. Full of natural oils, it has a high resistance to drying, cracking and stiffness. Caring for them properly will ensure they remain supple and last you for a long time.

To extend the life of your Ostrich boots and keep them looking great, it’s important to clean and treat them on a regular basis:

  • Remove all the loose dirt and dust with a soft cloth or soft brush.

  • Polish the boots with natural wax Courteney polish and buff with a soft brush or soft cloth in a circular motion.

  • Do not use any household cleaning materials, chemicals or abrasive products.

  • If the boots get wet, allow them to dry naturally away from sunlight in a cool airy place, then polish.

  • If you get grease on the leather, sprinkle the stain with a light layer of talcum powder and let it sit for an hour. Brush off with a clean dry cloth.

  • Other stains should be wiped off with a damp, not wet, soft cloth as soon as possible.

  • Between outings, store your boots in a cool dry place, in the cloth bag provided. Do not store in a plastic bag.

  • If the soles wear out they can be replaced easily.



Your comfort is important to us. In order to enjoy the full benefits of wearing Courteney please read your Care of Courteney Instructions. Regularly cleaned and polished Courteney boots will serve you faithfully, and become an integral part of your adventures, for years to come.

The Courteney Boot Company guarantees their footwear for twelve months from any manufacturing or material defect and will, at their discretion, repair or replace your purchase. Please note that the guarantee does not cover damage caused by abuse, negligence or accidents. Normal wear and tear can be expected. Guarantee benefits do not result in an extension of the guarantee period, nor do they bring about a new guarantee period.

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