Many of our leather products at
are manufactured from Kudu leather, sustainably sourced in Southern Africa and is a by-product from the meat industry. The kudu population in South Africa and Namibia are thriving, due to the absence of natural predators and ever-increasing tourism.
The kudu is an impressive antelope, indigenous to eastern and southern Africa in Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Kudus are the second largest antelope with spectacular, spiralled horns, up to 1.8m in length. Their coats are short haired, tawny-brown, grey-brown to rusty-brown, with 4 to 15 distinctive vertical white stripes on their backs and flanks. Despite their size of up to 300kg, kudus are accomplished jumpers, clearing 3m with a running start and 2m from standing position.
Kudu leather has been used for footwear in Africa for over two thousand years, due to its unbelievably hard-wearing qualities, softness and a subtle sheen which helps to illuminate the rich, pebbled texture of the hide. Due to the grazing habits of the kudu, mainly amongst thorn trees and predators such as leopards, lions, African wild dogs, hyenas - Kudu leather is one of the most unique options as it features some scratches and scars – which immediately gives the leather its inimitable character to produce one-of-a-kind boots and shoes.