Oxfords first appeared in Ireland and Scotland where they were known as Balmorals. They would later become a popular style at Oxford University in the early 1800s. Derived from the Oxonian half-boot style popular for its side slits, oxfords were originally cut smaller to the foot and would later evolve the side-slit into an area for lacing. The lacing eventually moved to the instep after students rebelled against knee-high and ankle boots.
FEIT repurposes this dignified academic shoe by using the traditional closed-lacing system. A row of stitching unifies the leather upper with the Vibram® sole creating a modified, L-shaped Goodyear construction. Built from vegetable-tanned leather, it features a classic stacked leather heel and leather laces.
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 shoes 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.
A row of stitching unifies the leather upper with the stacked leather sole creating a modified, L-shaped Goodyear construction. Built from vegetable-tanned leather, it features a classic stacked leather heel and leather laces.
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.