Hiking boots are stepping up to the next level – enter Tull Price, founder of luxury footwear brand Feit, whose collaboration with artist Tyler Hays of Philadelphia furniture design studio BDDW has produced 60 pairs of exquisitely handcrafted, hand-painted and embossed boots ($2,500). Each is a one-of-a-kind work of art, available from today, both online and in the brands’ New York stores.
Feit has built an enviable reputation for modern, sustainable quality footwear that is made to last, and has a dedicated following that includes actor Clive Owen and French choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Its creative dialogue with BDDW – a master of beautifully crafted furniture and conceptual homewares – explores the brands’ shared aesthetic and showcases the artistry of both makers in new ways.
Their boots use vegetable-dyed leather in an array of striking colours and patterns, from stark white to plaid, as well as more traditional tan finishes – while soles suit a variety of terrains, be it the Alpine pisteor city street. The Wool Hikers in forest green, white, red, natural or multicolour are lined in soft natural shearling and hand-painted with floral motifs or embossed with flora. The unlined versions are a canvas for the most incredible artistry: from hand-painted multicoloured stripes to a desert landscape embellished with a naked figure and scrolling flowers.
The leather uppers were dyed, painted and embossed in BDDW’s Philadelphia atelier before being whisked to Feit’s maker’s workshop for hand lasting, sewing and the addition of brass hardware, Vibram Gumlite soles and leather laces. The finished pairs will be presented in a sleek wooden box – numbered 1-60 – custom-made, as one would expect, by BDDW craftspeople.