Shoes Like Pottery, born from Japan's MoonStar brand in 1873 by Unpei Kurata, embodies craftsmanship. Originally "Tsuchiya Tabi," it draws inspiration from American culture to craft superior-quality footwear. Each pair is meticulously handcrafted, with skilled artisans attaching uppers to soles based on shoe last shapes. Vulcanized soles, a rarity with only one factories in Japan, and none in the US, are kiln-fired at 120°C for 70 minutes, similar to pottery firing. This process chemically reverts rubber to its original shape due to extreme heat and pressure, ensuring durability and flexibility.
Foxing elastic tape around the sole features individually stamped brand logos, reflecting the legendary "Uchide no kozuchi" magic hammer that grants wishes and luck. The factory, with almost 150 years of history, upholds the 'vulcanization method' while sharing exceptional quality globally. Each pair of these sneakers reflects artisanal mastery, akin to ceramics.