Shoes Like Pottery sneakers are meticulously made by hand as a skilled craftsman attaches the upper to the outsole according to the shape of the last followed by a tape around the shoe - a process that cannot be achieved by machine. This nearly 150 year old company based in Kurume, Japan is one of 3 in existence to still utilise this laborious and and time-consuming method to produce their superior quality shoes.
The shoes are fired in a 120 °C (248 °F) kiln for 70 minutes, similar to the way Japanese pottery is fired. The extreme heat and pressure causes the sulfur mixed inside the raw rubber to chemically react, returning the rubber to its original shape. Since their rubber is both durable and flexible, the shoe has a long life and holds a beautiful shape.
Hand sewn sneakers
Rubber outsoles kiln-fired through the Japanese “ka-ryu” process
Lined and reinforced heel and toe.
Individually embossed signature blue rubber seal stamp at the sidewall
Signature blue sole
Handmade in Japan
Unisex sizing. Sizing based on Men's shoes sizing
These shoes run large, for best fit size down full to half size from usual shoe size. We recommend following the cm sizing in your other footwear when buying SLPs. Please refer to the size guide for further information.
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