Product Questions

All our shoe uppers are made of leather. While most of our insoles and lining are also in leather, on some selected styles we use fibreboard insoles (with a foam footbed) and fabric lining. Soles are in either leather or various rubber compounds (Therma-rubber) – no plastic soles are used.

At Groundcover we use natural materials to create our leather products. Leather colours, tones and shades may vary with the batches of materials sourced. Colours also show up differently on different computers.

Should you have a particular requirement in this regard, please contact us to confirm current batches of leather colours.

No stitch-down (hand-stitched) shoes can be made fully waterproof. You can make your shoes more water-resistant however, by applying dubbin or Groundcover leather food regularly — particularly over the stitching and the join between the upper and insole. This will also protect and nourish the leather, thus extending the life of your shoes.

Remove mud or dirt using a damp cloth, with a little soap for really stubborn stains.
Allow to dry naturally, then treat (maybe twice a week or depending on how often or how hard you are on your product) as follows:

  • Full-grain leather shoes (outdoor/work)
    Rub some dubbin or Groundcover leather food into the leather, allow it to penetrate and buff with a brush.
  • Full-grain leather shoes (dress/casual) and leather bags
    Apply a little polish or Groundcover leather food / cream, allow it to dry and buff with a soft cloth.
  • Suede
    Use any commercially available suede cleaner / brush and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Nubuck
    This material gradually loses its finish, at which point you can treat it as for full-grain leather. To delay this process, use a suede cleaner as above.

Shopping questions

Our site uses Paybill – a division of Payfast.
This is a secure shopping cart system that encrypts credit card details. When we receive your order by e-mail, it does not include your card details.

You can pay for your order using the following payment methods.

Within South Africa:

  • Credit card
    Visa and MasterCard.  We do not accept American Express or Diners Card. You can use our SECURE shopping cart system (PAYGATE) to effect your payment.
  • Bank transfer, direct deposit or internet payment
    Banking details are below or you can email us on info@groundcover.co.za for the details. A proof of payment is required before despatch.
  • Please use the following banking details for direct deposits and transfers:
    Name : Groundcover Leather Company (Pty) Ltd
    Bank : Standard Bank
    Branch : Howick, 05-1001
    Acc.No : 043 291 538
  • Groundcover Gift Voucher
    Contact us on info@groundcover.co.za for a voucher.  A proof of payment is required before we can email you a copy.

Outside South Africa:

  • Paybill
    Once you have received the international postage quote from us we will email through a Paybill, which is a secure payment link, for payment.
    Visa and MasterCard

The Groundcover “shopping cart” allows you to complete and submit an order online. Your order is forwarded to us in the form of an e-mail, and a confirmation of this order is emailed to you. Select the size and colour options of your desired products from the respective drop-down menus.

Please Note: Our products may vary in colours, tones and shades with the batches of materials sourced and we do try to keep our images on the website updated, but our stocks may at times differ. 

Click on “Add to Order”. This will take you to the Groundcover “Shopping Cart”, which will show the product ordered and the cost of that product.

To remove an item from your shopping cart, change the quantity to “0” (zero)and click the “Recalculate” button. To order additional items, click the “Continue Shopping” button. This will take you back to the page you were on, where you can repeat the above steps or navigate to other catalogue pages.

To check your order at any time, click the link provided at the top of every catalogue page. When you have completed your order, select a “shipping or delivery option” from the Shopping Cart’s drop-down menu. (Where the delivery address is outside South Africa, it will be necessary to contact us to request a price, as postage costs vary considerably with the weight and destination.)

Once you’ve selected the shipping option, click on “Recalculate” and the shipping cost will be added.