Watson Shoes

Men’s and Ladies footwear by Watson Shoes comprise of hand stitched moccasins and sandals. The footwear is marketed under several locally developed brands. Some footwear is imported for wholesale under top-end international brands.

Watson Shoes was established in 1886 in Great Brak River and has established itself as one of the leading South African manufacturers of high quality men’s fashion and casual footwear. It is an ISO 9001 : 2008 product factory.

Watson Shoes is supplied by a network of related, interdependent small enterprises, each owned and managed by previously disadvantaged South Africans.

Ladies footwear is manufactured at the original Oudtshoorn plant by small enterprises established by Bolton Footwear, but owned and managed by ex-employees, all of whom come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Watson Shoes Brands

Watson Shoes

Watson ShoesWatson shoes are the epitome of classic men’s footwear in both lace-up and slip-on options. Using the finest leather uppers in a variety of types and colours, there is a Watson shoe for every occasion. The versatility of resin and leather sole options and new styling ensure that the Watson brand will continue to find favour with the broader market. This brand is stylish, affordable and essential for all career and formal wear wardrobes. They are available at most leading retail stores and gents outfitters throughout South Africa.


GrasshoppersGrasshoppers is a registered trademark of Watson Shoes. We guarantee that only the finest leather and materials are used. We are committed to producing the best quality product, evident in every finished pair of quality shoes. This range of modern shoes offers the ultimate in comfort and the only difference is in the addition of a sole unit. The forepart is attached by a single row of stitching and not bonded as with a conventional shoe. Comfort is further ensured by no inner sole in our shoes.

Step-on-Airs Mens & Ladies

Stem on Air Mens & LadiesStep-on-Airs offers both formal and casual footwear and is available at major chain stores and independent retailers in South Africa. Our designers, through constant updating of silhouettes, sole units and heels ensure that this range remains loyal to its brand signature – stylish comfortable and affordable.

Paolo Falcone

Paolo FalconeThe Paolo Falcone brand is a popular choice for the consumer who prefers traditional ethnic weave leather sandals. The soles are made of lightweight PU, ensuring comfort and durability. The assortment has been extended to include children’s size ranges. The distinguished Paolo Falcone label ensure that the product is made from outstanding components and quality manufacturing standards associated with Watson Shoes


YoungklinikYoung Klinik is synonymous with comfort and known for its broad fit, larger sizes and medium heel heights. This brand is aimed at the more traditional woman and is a hallmark of South African ladies footwear. Young Klinik surprises the market each season with different patterns, leather, colours and trims, and in doing so assures the local consumer for generations with innovative footwear and reliability. Evergreen styles and new additions to this brand is readily available through a network of independent ladies retailers throughout South Africa.

Franco Gemelli Mens & Ladies

Franco GernelliFranco Gemelli is affordable fashion which was launched in response to a market demand for desirable footwear at affordable prices. This brand reflects the latest in trends of silhouette, texture and a wide palette of colours, and assures a statement in style for the wearer. Uppers are crafted from high-grade synthetic substrate to the best imitate of existing leather ranges in the Watson stable of ladies footwear.


FloaterThe Floater brand is the shoe to have for summer, its firm grip soles and trendy beach print detail in hot seasonal colours assures the wearer of comfort and style.


SteptronicThe Steptronic brand is designed with attention to detail, current fashion trends and with comfort and traditional styling in mind suitable for the modern man’s demands.

dr.hart Mens & Ladies

dr.hartThe growth in popularity following the launch of this range of synthetic mens and ladies footwear has been nothing short of phenomenal. Styling remains traditional and comfort essential. Lightly added foot beds and a generous fit adds to the appeal of this brand.


The FLEXXThe FLEXX unique design and “Stitch and Turn” construction ensure all day, everyday comfort. This particular process is done completely by hand without the addition of materials that could compromise the flexibility of the shoe, avoiding the use of rigid insoles. A veritable lifestyle created in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.

Contact Watson Shoes


Great Brak River Plant

1 Station Road, Great Brak River, South Africa


Oudtshoorn Plant

10 Jacobson Street, Oudtshoorn, South Africa


Factory Retail Outlet

1 Station Road, Great Brak River, South Africa

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