FEIT’s new Raw White uses the underside of our traditional semi cordovan leather, leaving a superior finish on the inside that is extremely soft and comfortable. The hand-painted upper will crack naturally with wear creating a visual story of the shoes’ hard work. Exposed construction is highlighted through the use of Yak skin for the outsole wrap exposing the layers of cork in the midsole—a translucent natural material. Yak skin is a by-product of the animal that is found beneath the skin and usually discarded in leather production.
**Due to the hand-painted nature of the leather each pair is unique and may not look exactly as the pair photographed.
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.