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.
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 is added, then the leather outsole is cemented to the midsole using a natural, water-based glue. We refer to this process as a modified hand-sewn Goodyear construction.
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. All FEIT shoes include an additional buffalo leather insert that may cause slippage if worn with a sock. Flip the insert if friction is scarce.