Headquartered in Denmark, Duckfeet footwear have been handcrafted for over 40 years. Duckfeet are simple and functional, representative of mid-20th century Danish design.
Duckfeet are known for their minimalist, foot-formed design that offers ample room for toes to move and air to reach the feet. Vegetable-tanned leather midsoles and uppers give feet space to breathe and naturally transport moisture away from the skin. All-natural, shock-absorbing crepe rubber is used for the outsole, which can be re-soled. One-hundred percent premium European sheep wool lined models, like the popular Århus and Odense, are available for cold-weather wear.
Each pair of Duckfeet is handcrafted in Europe without the use of synthetic materials. Exclusive-quality terracare® leather is sourced close to home in Germany and is treated using environmentally friendly and sustainable processes. All other components are sourced within the European Union.
No two pair of Duckfeet are exactly alike. Every pair of boots, shoes, and sandals is naturally tanned and processed by hand, allowing for subtle variations in the leather. These variations are highlighted by the way you wear them, giving each pair its own story.
Rust & Salt is proud to bring Duckfeet to the United States.
The company was founded in 1975 by the Wiechmann couple in Sønderjylland - the Southern part of of mainland Denmark - and has since been a small family-run company with a lot of personality.
Duckfeet is designed and produced based on ideas of simplicity and honesty - a pair of Duckfeet doesn't pretend to be something they are not. The first models designed and produced were Jylland and Sjælland, and both are still produced and sold today without any changes to design. In fact, the pattern for all our shoes has been left unchanged since 1975 when the first pair of Duckfeet saw the light of day.
In the mid-1970s, Sønderjylland was the stronghold of shoe production in Denmark. The women sat at home sowing shafts that were then later assembled at factories, so it came natural to Inga and Claus to start their shoe production in Skærbæk, Denmark.
Foot-shaped shoes and full-grain leather were the trend of the time, which is why it was an obvious decision for them to follow that direction. Duckfeet earned great success throughout the 1970s and early 1980s in Denmark, and also in Germany, where the foot-shaped style of shoes quickly came to be called Entenschuhe.
As time passed, the production of Duckfeet moved from Denmark to Poland with its long tradition in shoe crafts, and we have since had an amazing and very close collaboration with the factory.
As fashion shifted up through the 1980s, the original Danish duck feet style shoes with the flag printed on the side, faced hard times. From being a household item with every manufacturer in the 1970s, only Duckfeet had retained the easily recognizable yellow duck's feet shaped design and durable leather craftsmanship.
In 2004, Wiema Sko ApS was acquired by Vibeke Dissing, who was delighted to be able to continue the production of first quality Duckfeet in the same exquisite Danish design.
Vibeke and her whole team are very proud to be able to continue Duckfeet nurturing the same values as when the company started in 1975: To make a simple designed shoe using only the best materials and with great respect for the environment.
Duckfeet have a neutral leather footbed without any inherent arch support. Because it’s leather, the footbed will form to the wearer’s footprint over time. If support is desired, the footbed is great for accommodating most insoles as there is no built in support to compete with an insert/insole.
Learn about the Duckfeet production process on our blog.
The minimalist design and natural fit have been a brand signature for over 40 years. Each pair of Duckfeet is handcrafted in Europe using only the best natural, eco-friendly materials. All materials are European-sourced, including terracare® leather, ensuring that each pair is produced as sustainably and environmentally-friendly as possible.
At Duckfeet USA / Rust & Salt, we are a small, multifaceted team of storytellers and the licensed importer and distributor of Duckfeet for the U.S. market. Duckfeet Denmark have been making shoes by hand for almost fifty years, and we’re proud to share their values of quality production, design, and simplicity.