These slippers were handmade by a leather worker from Martha's Vineyard. I bought them a few years back at a Waldorf Fair (Waldorf is a private school) as I had always wanted a pair of handmade shoes. I have never regretted it.
I wore Birkenstock's for years then stopped due to the high price. However, last fall I bought myself a new pair. For my feet, they are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn though they look a tad glunky unless you are in Woods Hole or Brattleboro. Or maybe Portland.