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Shop Shoes Like Pottery online | Exclusively at Sneaky Panda | Vulcanized | Sustainable | Vegan shoes | Handmade in Japan | Worldwide delivery.
Shoes Like Pottery is part of MoonStar that was founded in 1873 in Kurume, Japan, and started as a producer of the Jika-Tabi (traditional Japanese shoes).
The hallmark of Shoes Like Pottery is the unique vulcanization process (ka-ryu process in Japanese) that is only performed by a select number of shoe manufacturers around the world.
The shoes are baked in a 120°C oven for 70 minutes, similar to the way Japanese pottery is fired. The pressure and the heat cause the sulfur in the raw rubber to react chemically, so that the rubber returns to its original form. This unique ka-ryu process ensures that small batches of the world’s best vulcanized shoes can be made by hand.
The upper of Shoes Like Pottery is made of high-quality canvas, which is assembled by hand by the Kurume craftsmen.
Each shoe is finished with a rubber seal with the brand logo, which resembles the traditional sealing wax used by manufacturers in the past. Each logo stamp is individually embossed, which means that each pair of Shoes Like Pottery is unique.
View the production process below: