Originally conceived as a men’s style in 1932, the loafer was bought up and worn by women who fit boys’ sizes. Unlike the oxford, the loafer is a casual shoe but it’s popularity quickly rose on college campuses around the world. Most known for its slip-on wear, the loafer is derived from a traditional moccasin.
FEIT repurposes the classic academic school shoe by using the traditional one piece upper, but accents the style with a knotted stitch at the heel to form an ornamental tassel in celebration of our maker's’ skills. A triple 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.
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.