(35 customer reviews)



Sjaelland is our take on the classic desert boot, and was the first style we designed over 40 years ago. Today, it is one of our most popular styles due to its simple yet timeless design. Sjaelland is also a great choice for those with a higher instep and/or a broader foot.

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Duckfeet in Denmark have been making shoes by hand for over forty years. Duckfeet are simple and functional, typical of mid-20th century Danish design.

Duckfeet’s foot-formed design allows room for the toes to spread naturally as you walk, and for air to reach the feet. Leather midsoles and uppers breathe and transport moisture away from the foot.

We use leather because it’s strong and long-lasting, but also flexible – allowing the shoe to move with and mould to your individual foot shape.

No two pairs of Duckfeet are exactly alike. Every pair of shoes is treated individually during production, the natural tanning and processing by hand allows for subtle variations in the leather. These variations are highlighted by the particular way you wear them, which imbues each shoe with personality, your story, for your life.

Sjaelland features premium full grain, double stitched and reinforced 100% leather uppers, insole, and leather midsole. Our non-toxic, vegetable tanned leather is manufactured according to strict environmental standards. It is drum dyed using high quality, non-toxic dyes and specially treated to be water and dirt repellant. Using traditional European Veldtschoen construction the upper is built up by hand over a flat last then the midsole is double stitched to our 100% natural crepe rubber outsole. Every pair of Duckfeet comes into contact with many experienced hands before they are placed in their box and fitted to your feet.

Shipping within Australia is free. Your order will be sent via Australia Post. Shipping to New Zealand is $30 AUD.

Re-soling and Accessories
Most of our styles can be resoled, you can purchase a resole from us when required.

For a little extra warmth and comfort, take a look at our woollen insoles.

Out of Stock?
If your size or preferred colour is not available, please email us at info@duckfeet.com.au

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions N/A

35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50


Black, Blue, Bordo, Brown, Cocoa, Granate, Green, Jeans, Pink, Plum, Slate

Production and Sustainability

As customers, we are now greatly aware of the conditions our clothes and shoes are produced in, and many of us actively seek out brands that are as transparent and ethical as possible.

We are constantly asked in store about the origin of our leather, where the shoes are made, and how ethical the production is on a whole.

We answer your frequently asked questions below, complete with two videos explaining the production of our leather, and showing the workshop where our shoes are made for you.


Duckfeet shoes are made from cow hide that comes from Germany and Holland. The hides are tanned at Heinen, a fourth-generation tannery in Germany.

The leather we use is ‘Terra Care’ leather, which is leather that has been sustainably and ethically created to abide by a set of social and environmental values. These values form the best standard of leather production available.

Terra Care leather focuses on:
– Raw material
– By-products
– Social responsibility
– Water
– Energy

The livestock are transported for no more than a 2-hour distance to become hides. Generically, the raw materials or hides are then covered in salt for preservation, but Terra Care removed this process as the hides are transported only a short distance to the tannery, reducing the risk of contamination, transport emissions and waste.

The by-products refer to how much of the hides are used; across the world, 75% of hides are wasted and become by-products, however, Terra Care uses nearly 100% of a hide and dramatically reduce waste.

Currently, 75% of the world’s leather production occurs in undeveloped countries and extremely poor working conditions. Heinen operate their family-run tannery in Wegberg, and ensure their staff are continually supported through above-average wages, professional training and career development.

Water usage is significant when tanning leather, which can have devastating effects on the local environment. On average, it takes 450 litres of water to produce a hide of tanned leather; Terracare use less than 100 litres, and treat their used water so it can be recycled back into the production process.

Heinen use technology to then clean and desalinate their used water to return it to the local ecosystem, often cleaner than when they extracted it.

Through using technology, Heinen have reduced the amount of water used per square metre of leather, in some processes by 80%.

While tanneries use on average 40 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of energy to produce just one square metre of leather, Heinen have tested and measured their production to use only a quarter of the average, coming in at 9 KWh.

This incredible standard of leather is used for Duckfeet shoes, and we want to promote the longevity of your shoes, and so encourage resoling your shoes. We offer a resole service to make your leather shoes last longer.

This means your shoes can continue to be worn after resoling, reducing your impact on the environment.


We are often asked where our shoes are made.

Duckfeet shoes have been made in the same factory in Poland for the last 20 years. This factory is the last remaining of what was a traditional Polish shoe making town.

As trade changed with globalisation and manufacturing moved off shore to cheaper factories, the town began to slow their production. Duckfeet shoes have continued to be produced here, because of the knowledge and skill of the craftsman stitching and cutting in the workshop.

From human hands to human feet, Duckfeet shoes are built up over the last, stitched, and boxed up in this workshop.

The staff are experienced and make Duckfeet shoes with full knowledge of how each component of the shoe works for our bodies.

We have visited both Heinen Leather and our Polish workshops, and at both factories we were able to experience the production process. The employees were genuinely interested in their work; they were exceptionally loyal, and felt valued by their work place and employers.

In Poland, the staff played a trick on Simon, by asking him to make them a pair of shoes. With no experience, they helped him operate the machines, but the outcome was what we call, “unsaleable”.

It feels funny to say this, yet we are very proud of a product that has such a history of heritage, care, and value, both for the customers and craftsman.

This transparency is what makes our shoes valuable beyond their function; they are a product of tradition, of innovation, and of people.

You can watch your shoes being made in the Polish workshop here. This video features both the staff we met, and the same processes we were educated in.

35 reviews for Sjaelland

  1. Matthew McLean (verified owner)

    Perfect fit and very comfortable love them

  2. Terese Walker (verified owner)

  3. Anthony Gissing (verified owner)

    I ordered this pair by mistake, but decided to keep them on delivery. This is the first pair of of the many Duck Feet products I have purchased that were not instantly comfortable to wear. I find the higher front ‘lip’ rubs uncomfortably against my shin – leaving a small sore mark. I am hoping that they will soften with wear.

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

  5. Alan (verified owner)

    The shoe looks great and is very comfortable. I was surprised to note that the stitching on one shoe was a little careless, but I doubt that this will be noticed by others.
    I am looking forward to visiting the store when it re-opens.

  6. Jo Saccomani (verified owner)

  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Love them!

  8. Denise Ryals (verified owner)

    Very nice

  9. Dee Coughlan (verified owner)

    Comfortable, smart. I wear orthodontics and it’s hassle free with duckfeet. I enjoy many compliments when wearing any duckfeet footwear.

  10. Bea (verified owner)

    not cheap but worth it

  11. Lee Opray (verified owner)

  12. Marcus Carne (verified owner)

    I love my shoes more and more each day

  13. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Lovely shoes

  14. Callie (verified owner)

  15. Dave Richards (verified owner)

    They seem fine! I’m not sure what I’m rating here. On first wear the shoes are obviously quite stiff and uncomfortable. I’m not worried as I’ve had similar before. If I wasn’t expecting this I might be a bit put off? Possibly a paragraph on the one-pager in the box about allowing time to break-in the shoes might be helpful?

  16. Susie A. (verified owner)

    This is my second pair. They suit my lifestyle. Love them.

  17. Andrew McDonald (verified owner)

  18. Katie (verified owner)

    I bought them to replace a pair now five years old which I wore every single day during lockdown. They were amazingly comfortable and durable.

  19. Lara (verified owner)

  20. Emma C. (verified owner)

    Just purchased my 5th pair of Duckfeet. I’m obsessed! THE most comfortable shoes. I have different colours & styles & all are the perfect fit. My 1st pair that I bought many years ago are still going great guns! Other than just having replacing the laces they are in terrific condition…& I am soooo rough with my feet 😊

  21. Catherine Y. (verified owner)

    My husband loves the shoes!

  22. Bruce S. (verified owner)

  23. jo (verified owner)

    Love my new boots

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  26. Peter W. (verified owner)

    Too early to tell for sure

  27. Rosemary (verified owner)

    This is my second pair. They are so comfortable and I love the look of them

  28. Nicole (verified owner)

    love them

  29. Sayf T. (verified owner)

    Awesome shoe, fits like a dream. Nice quality!

  30. Sophie (verified owner)

    This is my second pair of Sjaelland and I wear them practically every day. Such comfortable booties and orthotic friendly.

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  31. Barbara (verified owner)

    My second pair of Sjaelland shoes. Love em.

  32. Kate B. (verified owner)

  33. Siegfried K. (verified owner)

    Beautifully hand crafted shoes and beautifully packaged. A class product in every way.

  34. Nicole M. (verified owner)

    Beautifully made and exceptional quality. Can’t wait for all my adventures in them.

  35. Margaret O’Sullivan (verified owner)

    Just a small insert required

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