Our leather goods
Sapmok is an all adventure brand with a unique product offering of hand-crafted shoes and products tailored to give an authentic feel and real life experience.
Sapmok HQ is situated in Pretoria, operating out of an old Menlo Park house, and this is where all the fun happens - from manufacturing to sales,. Any client, friend or family is welcome to visit us, you can come in for a chat or obviously a pair of Sapmoks.
We have some of the best cobblers in South Africa to create your perfect shoe, from a kiddies size 1 all the way up to a mens size 14, we try our best to fit your feet in our comfyaf shoes.
A lot of creativity is always flowing around in the factory, customising a shoe that only suits you and you alone., so come and wear the shoe that you dreamed of last night
Sapmok was created by Werner Winterboer in 2015. Werner was born and raised in Pretoria and studied BComm Logistics in Stellenbosch, then after struggling 7 months in the office, he decided to follow his dream to start his own Modern Africa Adventure brand. He combined all the things he loved and his ideal picture of life to create the style of Sapmok. Even though the company started in 2015, Sapmok only started to trade in February 2017. It took almost 2 years to create and design the brand before we sold our first pair of shoes. The name of the brand comes from the word Kompas (compass in Afrikaans) written backwards. As a kid, Werner was in a bende (a gang) with Piet Joubert and JG de Swardt and their bende cryptology was to write everything backwards, so that’s how he decided on Sapmok.
Every shoe we make is handcrafted by our skilled (funny) cobblers, and can be witnessed at Sapmok HQ. We cut, measure and stitch everything from scratch, creating a shoe from nothing.
We can make a shoe from a clients shirt if they have the demand. We use the best quality materials we can lay our hands on, especially our leather. Only using the best leather from the best (most ethical) tanneries in South Africa. We are constantly trying to find the most durable, good looking and self-healing leather on the market. This is an ongoing process and will always be high on our priority list.
The future of Sapmok
With Sapmok being a start up company, we’re set on survival mode in today's economy. Fighting to keep up our good quality products we’re constantly working hard to create more sustainable products, like our vegan series. One of the main reasons Sapmok was created was to give back to conservation, and this is where our team create projects and ideas to support our dream. Focussing on environmental responsibility therefore automatically falls under our long term goals and this is done by sourcing sustainable and recyclable materials to manufacture our products. We still have a very long road before we achieve these goals, but we’re already on our way.
What people say about our products
Stacey Fencham - Field Guide
“I’m still absolutely obsessed and in love with my Sapmoks!! So comfortable and durable!"
Instagram - @theblondexplorerStacey Fencham
Marijke Bezuidenhout - Actress / Photographer
“I've been wearing my Sapmok's for 2 years and my feet thank me everyday! I wear them to every photoshoot, every weekend away and sometimes I sleep with them.
Jokes! But I legitimately could.”
Instagram - @marijkebezuidenhoutMarijke Bezuidenhout
Andrew vd Broeck - Field Guide / Kenya
Sapmok created a classic ‘vellie’ for those in pursuit of that lifestyle, who would be comfortable wherever the journey would take them.
Instagram - @andrewvdbroeckAndrew vd Broeck
Shane Ross - World Expedition leader
They're the most comfortable, easy to wear shoe I've ever owned, and suit my busy daily
guiding job perfectly.
Instagram - @shanerossphotoShane Ross