this was a development from the first pair i'd made, but this bigger guy wanted a trim around the top, turned into a nice looking shoe very similar to the lit'l hawks i have been making for years. the thing with felt, is the strength and lightness of it. this trim is unnecessary. the felt is wonderful, bright rainbow colors custom made for me by tara in ohio. the 4mm vibram sole is extremely flexible and strong, light. a bit like wearing a pair of slippers that fit so well you can go rock climbing with them. the deer skin used on the trim is very soft and strong. and the colors came together very nicely. the bead that i used for the tie is hand cut from bone in mali. this is my original design and i could also do the trim in exotic leathers like ostrich.