RFW Tokyo was founded in 1998 and began as Rhythm Footwear. The brand was previously only sold exclusively in Japan until recently, and is now loved by men and women alike who appreciate simple silhouettes and subtle, yet eye-catching, details. Our favourite style would have to be the Sandwich-Hi, which combines a classic high top sneaker shape with striped details and extra shoelace holes.
RFW Tokyo is available online here
SHOES LIKE POTTERY
The brand Shoes Like Pottery is known for its vulcanizing process, or ka-ryu in Japanese. Through this process, each shoe is fired in a kiln (as you would in pottery), which causes the sulfur mixed inside the raw rubber to chemically react, returning the rubber to its natural elasticity. In addition, they also feature hand-sewn textured fabric by skilled craftsmen from Kurume, a city in the Fukuoka prefecture.
This Tokyo-based brand is instantly recognizeable thanks to its use of undyed, raw leather. By using this untreated material, every wear and tear becomes an intergral part of the shoe, developing a unique personality that's exclusive to the owner. Designed by founder Ryo Kashiwazaki, Hender Scheme perfectly strikes a balance between contemporary styles and traditional Japanese craftsmanship.