Originally created in the Victorian era, the Chelsea became a staple until World War I. In 1932, the English Chelsea boot was adapted into a sturdier design to be used as a work boot for Australian stockmen. The FEIT Chelsea boot draws on this hard-working heritage, built with the FEIT hand sewn Goodyear construction and a rugged Vibram® Gumlite outsole. The FEIT Chelsea boot has a one-piece upper built from a single piece of leather, handstitched at the heel, and a pull tab is applied by 8 hand stitches.
FEIT footwear is mainly built using vegetable-tanned leather. Vegetable-tanned leather breathes as in nature. It is non-irritant, soft to touch, ages richly over time, and biodegrades. The leather remains neutral regardless of the temperature, and does not retain sweat or odor, allowing FEIT shoes to be worn barefoot and get better with age.
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.