For the first time, FEIT introduces the 8-Eye Lace Up boot in black and oxblood colorways. The boots are hand sewn in semi-cordovan leather, a shiny and luxurious leather historically reserved for high-end dress shoes, with a double stitched Goodyear welt sole for durability. The padded, felt-lined interiors and collars modernize the understated utilitarian boot and add warmth to complement the season. The oxblood version features a translucent Vibram sole, a nod to FEIT’s famous X-Ray Hiker designed almost 10 years back. The translucent sole allows an internal look into the construction of the boot, from the bamboo shank stabilizer to the internal buffalo and cork insole and the Goodyear thread weave. This offers a new, modern perspective on the solidity famously found in a work boot.
All discounted items are final sale and can not be returned.
We suggest sizing up as these shoes are built on a narrow last. If you have a wider foot, we suggest our Unlined and Wool Hikers.
Historically, cordovan leather, made from the buttocks part of a horse skin, has been used only for luxury dress shoes. For our FEIT shoes we use the entire skin - hence the name "semi-cordovan." The leather is tanned slowly, nourished with natural oils, and shaved. A century ago, when horses were still a driving force behind transportation, hides were plentiful. Now they are extremely scarce and difficult to come by.
The use of this highly luxurious and elevated skin allows the foot to breathe and, because it is much softer, does not require breaking in.
All FEIT Hikers are made from start to finish by one master craftsman using a hand sewn Goodyear construction, whereby the one-piece upper of the boot is sewn to a welt, which is then sewn to a leather midsole. The sole is then filled with cork and a bamboo shank stabilizer is added. Finally, a Vibram outsole is cemented to the midsole using a natural, water-based glue.
Goodyear construction ensures all FEIT shoes can be resoled.
Each pair of FEIT shoes comes with an extra set cork and buffalo leather insoles to assist with in-between sizing. The additional leather insole can be used alone, or the cork can be inserted underneath the leather for extra padding. If you are between sizes, you can either size up and use the included insoles, or size down and use no additional insoles.
Please see our size chart for measurements.