Van Velze & Smith Short Tan Chelsea Boots
Protea freeshipping - Van Velze & Smith
Leather sole chelsea boot
Medium heel
Round toe and cuban heel
Protea freeshipping - Van Velze & Smith
Protea freeshipping - Van Velze & Smith


It's impossible not to appreciate South Africa's national flower, the King Protea, for its marvellous pale and punchy pink tones, however, beauty is matched by strength. Able to withstand the wildfires that frequently ravage the Western Cape countryside – the Protea's true character is one of robustness.

Our traditional Protea boot benefits from the introduction of a stacked Cuban heel with rubber grip, transforming it into this comfortable, yet classy dress boot. Ease of movement is empowered by the leather sole, and the extra lift provided by the heel is perfectly promoted by a lowered height contour aligning seamlessly with the ankle.

This boot is available exclusively in Cognac leather.

"No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of other" - Charles Dickens


The Van Velze & Smith story is one of careful evolution. Whilst development of our own brand is very important, the opportunity to help others is a challenge we relish.

Up until the age of 13, South African children play rugby barefoot. The poverty and suffering through parts of South Africa is no secret and means many children aren't able to continue playing rugby after the age of 13 as their parents cannot afford the necessary footwear.

Rugby's core values are all based around teamwork, comradery and access for all, as such we at Van Velze & Smith want to uphold these values.

This season, for every pair of boots sold, VVS pledges to donate a pair of rugby boots to a child with the same dream as 13 year old GJ dreaming of a career as a professional sportsman.