Handmade leather Slip-on in Natural
A lot of designers will develop and refine one thing, to the point where they stop growing. Sure it’s an impeccable product, but it lacks the energy that should be inherent in the creative process. One of the reasons I admire FEIT is that they are always working on something fresh – a new style here, an untried colorway there. In fact, their most recent release embodies elements of both.
Handmade Slip-on in Marine Suede
Known simply as their Hand Sewn Slipper, the shoe is the perfect knockabout for a casual day. Of course the natural leather will darken considerably with daily wear, but for me that heightens the appeal of a go-to shoe. In addition to the slipper style, their new navy suede colorway is a nice addition to their overall collection. Nothing against blue suede shoes, but I think these are the only ones I would ever be caught dead wearing – and proudly so.
When working on a project, it pays to fully contemplate the durability of the materials. Think of a shoe for example. The more pieces of leather you use, the more opportunities you offer for Murphy’s Law to attack your stitches and seams. Conversely, making something out of one piece of leather ensures not only the stability of your product if you sew properly, but simple and clean lines to boot. Here are my two favorites:
1) Schuh-Bertl’s “Bavarian Oxford”
Schuh-Bertl: Hand-made out of Munich
Not many know about Schuh-Bertl, but they run a very small workshop in Munich on Kohlstrasse where they produce a great variety of handmade shoes, leather goods, and the nicest pairs of lederhosen I’ve ever seen. (Oddly enough, they make a killer fresh-pressed orange juice too). Focusing on their footwear, Herr Bertl specializes in “rahmengenähten” stitching, in which the seam surrounding the bottom of the shoe is hidden on the inside. This method of construction is typical for a great number of their shoes and boots. As for Bavarian Oxford in particular, it is made from one piece of black leather that is painstakingly moulded by hand. Because leather conforms to your foot, this gives each pair a unique ability to truly adapt to its owner. Truly, they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever worn.
2) Feit’s “Low Nero”
Literally one piece (forgiving the strip around the sole), these shoes aren't even lined on the inside. Simple
These shoes from FEIT also remain true to the same design principles. They are made holistically from one piece of italian vegetable tanned leather. The few stitches that are visible are not only utilitarian (the moccasin stitching to join the leather around the back of the shoe), but are minimal. In short, these are solid shoes that are built from start to finish by one master shoemaker. Everything is cut and sewn by hand to ensure the durability and wearability that one would expect from a handmade shoe. With Goodyear Welt construction, the soles are easily replaceable if they encounter too much wear – though there is no such thing in my opinion. A final feature of these shoes lies in the choice of materials. With an all natural leather sole, vegetable tanned buffalo leather sole inserts, natural cork cushions, and vachetta leather, these shoes are solidly built without chemicals, exploited labor, nor an egregious environmental footprint.
- Hand-made out of Munich
- Schuh-Bertl Bavarian Oxford Details
- Well... one piece aside from the strip that surrounds the sole.
- Feit 3/4 Profile
- Feit - Natural Colorway
- Feit - Brown Colorway