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Knit vs Mesh: What's the difference?

Posted by Leonie Wolf on

We are thrilled to see that you love our two new Knit models that were previously only available in our Mesh version. But, the bigger the choice, the harder it is to choose. Therefore, we would like to give you detailed insights into our two different product lines, Feelgrounds Knit vs. Feelgrounds Mesh, that are defined by their two different upper materials. Let’s see what differs the Knit from the Mesh!


Color variations 

Our Feelgrounds Knit line is available in three different cuts: the Highrise Knit, the Original Knit and the Droptop Knit. All Knit models are available in the following six colors:  

All Black, Black & White, Cloud Grey, Gum Graphite, Off White and Olive Green

Feelgrounds Knit colors

Our Feelgrounds Mesh Productline is currently available in two different cuts: the Original Mesh and the Droptop Mesh. All Mesh models are available in seven colors:  

All Black, All White, Black & White, Black & Red, Navy Blue, Dusty Pink and Light Blue.

Feelgrounds Mesh colors



Our Knit models are water-repellant. However, please be aware that water-repellant does not equal waterproof. The Knit material is treated with a PFC, PFOA, and PFOS free mix of wax and silicone. This makes it possible that raindrops, which fall onto the shoe, do not immediately soak into the fabric but remain on the surface and drip off. Additionally, the seam between the upper and the outsole is sealed with waterproof glue. As the water-repellent treatment loses its efficiency over time, we recommend to regularly fresh up the protection with a waterproofing spray. 

Feelgrounds Knit water-repellant

Our Mesh upper on the other hand does not offer any protection against wetness because of its breathable, loosely weaved surface texture.


Warmth & Breathability 

Both our Knit models and Mesh models are breathable. The Knit material, however, is distinctly tighter knitted compared to the extra breathable Mesh. Therefore many customers prefer our Mesh models on warm and dry days, while our Knit models offer protection against wind and the odd rainfall on spring and autumn days.


Stretchiness & Durability 

One of the knit fabric’s characteristics is that it is more stretchy compared to woven fabrics. Since our Knit is knitted rather tightly and made of stronger yarn, it is still robust enough not to pull any stitches during casual everyday use. Therefore, our Knit models offer a lot of toe freedom, while still looking great after a few months. 

Compared to the Knit, our Mesh hardly yields and therefore holds its shape excellently over a long time. The material is perfectly suitable for everyday casual use. But since it is e.g. is not resistant to abrasion, it is not ideal for most sports.

For doing sports, we, therefore, recommend neither our Mesh nor our Knit models. However, we know many of you would love to wear your Feelgrounds also when practicing sports. That’s why we are planning to develop a sports model with an extra robust upper material and sole in the future. 



Due to the Knit material’s elasticity, our Original Knit and Droptop Knit fit a little looser compared to their mesh counterparts. While the cutting pattern is absolutely identical for both the Mesh and the Knit models, the Mesh models fit a little more snug, especially in the heel and ankle area.

For wide feet, our Knit models might be an even better fit. Our Droptop model offers the most toe freedom of all our models, as it has no seams in the toe area. Our Highrise model is a good option for wider feet as well, because the seam in the pinky toe area is not placed directly at the foot’s widest part.


Logo webbing at the heel

Our Knit models come with a stylish, broadly woven FEELGROUNDS lettering on the heel. Depending on the color variant, this stands out more or less.


Our Mesh models feature a smaller, transparent, and rather subtle FEELGROUNDS print. So if you like your brands discreet, our Mesh versions will be the best choice.

Feelgrounds Mesh logo  

Machine washable

We do not recommend cleaning our Knit models in the washing machine, due to the elasticity of the material and the water-repellent coating. Instead, we recommend cleaning by hand with cleaning foam and a cloth or a very soft brush that does not damage the fibers of the material.

Our Mesh models can easily be washed in the washing machine several times over their lifetime. Please only use cold wash and low spin to not damage the shoes. We recommend the use of a laundry bag for a particularly gentle wash. After washing, let your Feelgrounds air dry. Et voilà, your Feelgrounds are sparkling clean again. 


As always, let us know if you have any questions in the comments below or reach out to us via email on

Your Team Feelgrounds

Gilberto Rocha

January 7, 2021

What is future knit upper running shoes


September 20, 2020

Hi Tiffany,

Thank you very much for your comment. We highly appreciate your feedback!

Memory foam shoes and arch support are kind of the opposite approach to improving foot health than what barefoot shoes stand for. We believe that giving the feet as little external support and crutches as possible is beneficial to most people’s foot health.

A lot of people were able to improve their foot health/posture and relieve stubborn aches and pains by transitioning to minimal footwear and strengthening their feet. However, we are no medical professionals and therefore recommend talking to a podiatrist or doctor with experience in that field whether barefoot shoes would be suitable for your medical condition.

We hope that insight was helpful to you. If you have any further questions, feel free to write us an email at We’re always happy to help :)

All the best,
Leonie – Team Feelgrounds

Tiffany McMillan

September 17, 2020

Hi! You mentioned that you are “planning to develop a sports model with an extra robust upper material and sole in the future.” I work as a day time Pandemic cleaner at an Auto Financing company and walk/bend/stoop for 7.5+ hours 5 days a week on top of any regular daily walking(groceries, housework, pet care etc) I have scoliosis, sciatica, hip issues and possibly arthritis(awaiting tests) among others that can make it painful and difficult to walk and have to replace my memory foam shoes about every 6 months at the latest. Would your current shoes only be advisable to wear for grocery shopping/casual hang outs etc or can they withstand a little more? Would you recommend them as a good casual shoe for someone like me? And with the upcoming sports line, will there possibly be a good quality walking/running shoe with arch support that can accommodate people like myself? Haha wow that was long. I hope you’re open to input on the new line, otherwise I apologize for taking so much extra time. I love the look of your shoes and hope to purchase some in the future.

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