Our interpretation of a classic court sneaker is built entirely by hand from start to finish by one master craftsman using FEIT's handsewn modified Goodyear construction and all natural materials. The Hand Sewn Low is constructed from a one-piece vegetable-tanned leather upper, handstitched at the heel.
During the construction process, the shoe is exposed to light steam and humidity over 10 days, which helps tighten the leather to enhance both the shape and fit. It is then dyed with natural pigments so the hide retains its natural state and ages richly over time. By incorporating natural production elements, like handstitching and vegetable-dyeing, the Hand Sewn Low breathes with wear and does not retain odor, and can be worn year-round.
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 shoe runs half a size large. An extra set of cork and buffalo leather insoles is included with each pair to assist with in-between sizing. As a general rule, if you are between sizes we suggest sizing down. 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.