Started by Charles Searle back in 1859. Every year, 750 000 pairs of Grasshopper shoes are manufactured destined for the feet of South Africans who have trusted our trademark of comfort and quality for over half a century. The construction of original Grasshoppers moccasins was influenced by a technique used by Native Americans, where hand-stitched leather was fashioned to form a glove around the foot. Grasshoppers have stayed the course for South Africans because of one key. factor – comfort. They tell a fascinating and feel-good story, usually starting from school years and going beyond that. Grasshoppers have become South Africa’s rite of passage - they are a feel-good buy.