The Latex Low updates our Hand Sewn Low with a translucent 100% natural latex outsole that is lightweight, cushioned and flexible. Inspired by classic basketball court sneakers of the 1960s—which were generally made of synthetic rubber outsoles and leather substitutes and/or cloth uppers—the Latex Low does not use any synthetics during the production process. The all natural latex sole has been produced in partnership with Lactae Hevea who exclusively use the milk of the Hevea Brasiliensis (rubber tree). After a four-month “winterizing”, spiral incisions are made into the tree bark, which releases the rubber milk without harming the vegetation.
Limited run of 60 styles cut, available directly with FEIT.
All FEIT shoes are made from start to finish by one master craftsman. The one-piece upper is sewn by hand directly to the midsole. A cork footbed and a bamboo shank stabilizer are added, before cementing the leather outsole to the midsole using a natural, water-based glue. We refer to this process as a modified handsewn Goodyear construction—this method ensures all FEIT shoes can be resoled.
Cordovan leather, historically made from the buttocks section of a horse skin, has been used only for luxury dress shoes. FEIT shoes 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.
This pair of FEIT shoes comes with an extra set of cork and buffalo leather insoles to assist with in-between sizing. The additional leather insoles 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.