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- n. A shoe with untanned leather upper sewn without nails, similar to the Canadian moccasin. Thought to have been made by the Khoe people (known perjoratively as Hottentots) before the arrival of Europeans, but still made and worn in South Africa.
Afrikaans: vel hide + skoen: shoe. First known usage 1731 (Dutch) veldschoen. (Wiktionary)