With durability and stability in mind we considered the functionality of traditional trail boots and updated the design to increase strength and longevity. The Trail Runner Low is an all-terrain runner that wears like a boot—a marriage between a trail running shoe and a hiking boot.
In stark contrast to the trail-type sneakers found on the market today, this is an all-natural shoe that utilizes only biological materials. No synthetics are used in the entire production process.
Natural leather heel reinforcements normally reserved for the outsoles of men's dress shoes are used instead of the usual plastic. Plastic is replaced again in the superior leather midsole. Other features include a natural latex padded ankle collar and tongue, and an 8-stitch hand sewn leather pull tab.
Historically, cordovan leather, made from the buttocks part of a horse skin, has been used only for luxury dress shoes. For our FEIT shoes we 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 trail-inspired shoe is built 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 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.
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.