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From Australian footwear brand Feit comes the “Bio Trainer 1″; a 100% handmade sneaker for Spring/Summer 2014. It is hand sewn from a single piece of vegetable dyed suede or leather and features a buffalo leather footbed that provides padding, absorbs sweat and breathes as it does in nature. After a lengthy design process Feit developed their own 100% natural latex rubber sole made out of the milk of Hevea Brasiliensis (rubber tree). The milk, harvested by hand in France, is poured into steel molds immersed in warm water. After one hour the sole is transferred into a cold water bath. Cold water immersion lasts up to 24 hours and helps to keep the pores open while the material cures. The soles are then placed into a hot air dryer which is lined with hundreds of wooden shelves like that of a bakery. After 24 hours of drying, the soles are re-immersed into cold water for one week until they are trimmed and inspected for imperfections.
This two week journey results in a light and naturally flexible sole that contains no plastic. You can pre-order the “Bio Trainer 1″ from Feit in one of three colorways.
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