TOP 3: JAPANESE SNEAKER BRANDS

by: Anton D. Javier

While we can't resist the latest sneaker drops from some of the biggest athletic brands, we've got a soft spot for sneakers that hail from Japan. After all, no one does footwear better than the Japanese - next to the Italians, of course. Here are three labels that have been on our radar for a while now, so read on and get to know them better.

RFW TOKYO
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. 

For more information on Shoes Like Pottery, click here


HENDER SCHEME
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.

For more information on Hender Scheme, click here

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