Introduced for the first time this season, the Hand Sewn Ballet Mule is FEIT’s interpretation of our classic Hand Sewn Ballet as an open-back mule. It features a luxurious semi-cordovan leather one-piece upper with a modern “choked-up” silhouette and a slim leather sole. The upper is hand sewn onto a leather midsole, which is then filled with two layers of inherently flexible and breathable cork. A lightweight and strong bamboo shank stabilizer is utilized in the midsole, and a buffalo leather outsole finishes this shoe, used for its dual qualities of flexibility and strength. These all-natural components are designed to keep the wearer balanced and connected to the ground beneath their feet.
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.
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.
Please see our size chart for measurements.