Sneakers- Hunting in Japan Volume One finally ran into the elephant in the middle of the sneakers room. A company so influential that the American giant Nike began with it.
You can’t really discuss sneakers in Japan without starting at the beginning. The beginning of sneakers in Japan was Kihachiro Onitsuka’s Onitsuka Tiger sneakers, now ASICS, in 1949. 1949 was a watershed year for Japanese industry. As American occupation eased pachinko producer Marushin Bussan (now NewGin) and auto parts giant Denso along with many other now substantial companies opened for business.
A Sneaker sole, inspired by a sucker in Mr. Onitsuka’s octopus salad was his first sneaker innovation in 1951. The “Octopus” sneaker became an immediate success. The Onitsuka Co. ltd merged with GTO, and Jelenk in 1972 to become ASICS. The company grew by leaps and bounds into the nineties.
Sneakers- Hunting in Japan Volume One ran into a Japanese standard that is just beginning to break into the world market. One of the best selling brands in Japan, it started exporting only recently.
RFW Tokyo began as Rhythm Footwear in 1998. Until recently the brand was sold exclusively in Japan. While lacking a lot of designer features and focusing on simple silhouettes, RFW adds subtle details that catch the eye and make RFW kicks unique.
RFW Tokyo produces pretty basic sneakers without the pretensions of designer sneakers or the innovations of athletic shoes. However many feature imaginative color combinations and patterns, some in tune with the season they were released in. This makes it easy to single out RFW sneakers in a crowd. RFW sneakers are very popular in Japan and may soon replicate that success in the worldwide sneaker market.
Simplicity of design married to imaginative color and pattern choices seems to be a very good idea for sneakers. Sneakers in plaid, various camouflage designs, leafs and stars, compliment simple solid colors alone or in combination to create new and exciting looks.
RFW Eye-Catching Detail
RFW keeps things simple with high quality sneakers that are distinctive but without the bells and whistles that seem to predominate the sneaker industry. The design is basic, like the classic sneaker Converse’ Chuck Taylor or All-star sneakers, rather timeless and basic sneakers, but dressed in all new clothes. Making the most of all the things you can do to canvas and suede to make it prettier and more colorful.
Imaginative Combinations on RFW sneakers
Long time staple of the Japanese sneaker market RFW is just beginning to break into the worldwide sneaker marketplace. It should be A hit among those who like simple designs filled with eye-catching detail.
Sneakers- Hunting in Japan Volume One breaks open the piggy bank. What we found is Hender Scheme, a truly unique higher than high end sneaker maker with interesting features for both the wearer and collector.
Designer Ryo Kashiwazaki creates ‘homage” sneakers out of raw leather. Thus each set of sneakers shows every bump and bruise. This causes them to gain uniqueness and “character” over time.
In 2014 Hender Scheme created a homage to the classic sneaker the Air Jordan 4. Titled the Manual Industrial Products (MIP) 10, the all leather sneaker has none of the technological developments of the Air Jordan 4 sneaker. It is usually priced over a thousand US dollars, which ennobles the humble sneaker exponentially.
MIP 10 Black and Natural
For 2016, they dyed it black, and made it one of the world’s priciest sneakers.
Hender Scheme sneakers have become somewhat trendy. Some well-heeled sneaker collectors are actually in the market for Hender Scheme sneakers that have acquired some “character.”
Then, of course, some dissatisfied customers do get fed up with “character” and auction off their pair.
The MIP 10 is not alone as a “homage” sneaker. Hender Scheme produces several “homage” sneakers. The Van era “homage” line is very popular among the non-athletic sneakers.
Hender-Scheme Vans “homage” Line
Thousand dollar sneakers alone is newsworthy I expect, always fun to look up anyway. Who knows, get a pair cheap and tell everyone you can afford them.
Beware, however, Kashiwazaki’s “homage” sneakers are not, nor are they meant to be, athletic shoes. They are high end footwear, and have none of the advantages built into the original athletic versions.
Sneakers-Hunting in Japan Volume One stalks a sneaker manufacturer, Shoes Like Pottery that features a unique method to create a comfortable shoe.
One of the most interesting sneakers made in Japan is made by Moonstar, and called Shoes Like Pottery. Basically a canvas-sewn sneaker, the Shoes Like Pottery sneaker is a high quality sneaker with a difference. After the sneaker is assembled Shoes Like Pottery adds an extra step.
Moonstar Kilns exclusive to the Shoes Like Pottery process
The shoes are fired in a pottery kiln at about 248 degrees. A process called ka-ryu. The raw rubber used for the sole of the sneakers is mixed with sulfur. The result of firing the sneakers produces a very soft, pliable sole, almost like clay. Shoes Like Pottery, because of this process, is perhaps one of the most comfortable sneakers available anywhere.
Join us for Hunting in Japan as we stalk old, new, exclusive and rare sneakers across the landscape.
Thinking about Japan, one rarely thinks sneakers. Japan, we think, is more of a sandal place, I mean they even make tabi socks to fit sandals, right? (or as you gaijin call them, “ninja” socks”)
Well, it turns out that Japan is just stocked full of sneakerheads, people who collect and wear sneakers. There are people who actually own as many as eight hundred pairs of new and used exclusive kicks. Some wear a new pair every day of the year.
In fact, there are Japanese sneaker stores that sell only used kicks, for those who prefer the wild nature of a used sneaker, as opposed to the new, domesticated variety, and for those who can’t afford the cost of the newest Air Jordan. These stores operate pretty much like American used bookstores. They buy, sell, and trade, catering to the collector as well as the wearer.
Prepare yourself for the Felissimo Neko-bu collection! Tons of lovely cat sundries! If you love kitties and nyan-lovelies, this collection will be perfect for you! Cats will keep you warm at home and at work. Felissimo is offering a super cute kitty-fashion collection for cat lovers. These products are designed to thrill, get you warm, and keep you cute during winter. Who can resist this!? Who!?
Parcas, pyjamas, bags, blankets… the list is amazing and the fashion is purr-fect! And the best part: if you want them Rinkya can get them for you!
The Galaxy under your skirt! Join the Universe Stockings Japanese fashion now and rock the streets like never before! These are smart and unusual stockings: they have a hidden Spaceman and they’re pretty much a surprise. While they might look like normal stockings, they are a wonder if someone looks below that skirt! Maybe that’s why they’re called “Adult Romance Rights – Universe Inside a Skirt.” So, if there are some guys that want to peek under your skirt, they will literally take a look at the Universe.
Super cute Sucre Doll Nonori Cat lingerie lets you become a super kawaii kitty! Japanese fashion can be super cute. Proof of it is this new cat lingerie that will make of you a super cute and sweet kitty. Cute can be sexy, and so the label Nonori allows you to be a cute and sexy Nyanko. The brand is known for creating super cute animal-related lingerie.
This “Confusion Cat Mage” lingerie set is magical. It’s a six-piece rayon/Georgette set to enjoy alone or with company.
Today we want to share with you some cool Chanel vintage items that you need in your fashion collection. As you know, Chanel is a French fashion brand created back in 1909 by Coco Chanel. Chanel revolutionized both the haute couture and the prêt-à-porter by replacing corsets by functional but stylish garments that your made women’s figures even more elegant. Chanel remains today one of the leading fashion brands in the world. So, today we want to share with you some vintage jewellery items that are a must have in any fashion lover’s closet.
We start with a Chanel Vintage Necklace. It measures 38 cm, top W4 x H4.5cm. It’s a super stylish necklace that will make you shine wherever you go.
Peach John Releases Evangelion Lingerie (Premium Bandai) and it’s stylish, amazing and a must-have in your wardrobe! All items are high quality and a delight. Beware though: all sets are selling up fast! Buy yours without hesitation if you want to make sure to have yours! This lingerie line was originally available for pre-order back in October 2015 to celebrate Evangelion’s anime 20th anniversary. However, it has been so popular, that Peach John and Evangelion have decided to make another run, and all items are available for general purchase till items last! This means that you can get your favorite set only if you are fast enough. Pre-orders were closed pretty fast, and so this new re-run will sell out fast as well!