Besides from being a visually iconic shoe, Grasshoppers have stayed the course for South Africans because of a key factor – comfort. Designed to be worn for long stretches of time, be it at work or at play, and crafted in a timehonoured shoemaking tradition, they quite literally are made to last a lifetime
The construction of original Grasshoppers moccasins goes back to a technique used by Native Americans, where handstitched leather is fashioned to form a glove around the foot, “it’s what makes our shoes so comfortable, each and every pair is hand finished”, says Tom Bailey, Head of Group Design, who adds that the distinctive longlasting crepe natural rubber sole is thanks to a technique taught by the original German brand owners.
750 000. That’s how many pairs of hand finished Grasshopper Shoes are manufactured at the brand’s original production facility in the Southern Cape community of Great Brak and Oudtshoorn every single year. And to date, since the the brand was established in 1966, an astounding 20 million shoes have left the factory – destined for the feet of grateful South Africans who have trusted the trademark Grasshoppers comfort and quality for over half a century.
Grasshoppers Josh Navy Sandiego.