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Brief Published: 2 Apr 2012

Kiln-Baked Canvas Sneakers


Japanese footwear brand Shoes Like Pottery averts conventional shoe-making techniques by producing canvas shoes with stitch-free rubber soles that are baked on in a kiln.

The brand fuses a uniquely textured rubber sole to a canvas base by baking it in a kiln – a method traditionally used to harden or dry materials in pottery and ceramics. Unlike the making of a classic sneaker, the method uses no stitching, causing the sole to last longer and create an overall softer, more flexible and more durable shoe. 

Maintaining a high level of craftsmanship is key to the company, which was founded in 1873. Skilled workers hand-make the shoes at the brand’s MoonStar factory based in Karume, Japan. Shoes Like Pottery’s sneakers are coloured with natural dyes and are available in range of colours including black, indigo and yellow. Prices range from $145-195 (£90-122) and can be found at US-based online retailer South Willard.

Shoes Like Pottery