On Our Radar: Feit-------
Far too often we find the perfect brogue, slipper, or sneaker…only to discover it’s for men. Feit designers Tull and Josh Price, who recently got picked up by Dover Street Market, are aiming to change that. While their clean, simple leather shoes were originally geared toward the boys, they’ve just introduced a women’s range that is just as (if not more!) desirable as the men’s offering. Three sneaker styles—high-top, slip-on, and low-top—have sleeker, more feminine bodies and come in the brand’s minimalist palette of cream, tan, and black.
It’s worth noting that Feit is not mass-produced. The designers also don’t use any machines. Thanks to Tull’s fifteen-plus years in the footwear industry (he launched Royal Elastics in ’98, which was later acquired by K-Swiss), Feit shoes are crafted with top-quality materials using highly sustainable practices. Vegetable-tanned Italian leather is hand-stitched—never glued—and designed to naturally mold to the foot over time. (In fact, they recommend you go sans socks.) Each pair is “shaped” on a form for ten days without the use of chrome or harmful chemicals. And production quantities are limited—no more than sixty pairs of any style are created at once.
In other words, shoes like these aren’t easy to come by. We’re already thinking about pairing the tan low-tops with crisp white jeans for a smart summer uniform.
Feit men’s and women’s shoes are available at Dover Street Market New York, 160 Lexington Avenue, and online at FeitDirect.com.