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Q&A: Shoes Like Pottery

  • Natsuko Esaki and Toshihiro Suzuki from Shoes Like Pottery recently stopped by our LA shops for a visit. Our Venice store manager, Andrew, took the opportunity to speak with them about the brand.


    Where does the name “Shoes Like Pottery” come from?
    The name comes from a customer who toured MoonStar’s Shoes Like Pottery factory in Kurume, Japan, realizing that the shoes are produced just like pottery, as the soles are baked on in a kiln.


    Our staff and customers love how comfortable the shoes are. Are there any special processes that go into that?
    The hallmark of our shoes is the vulcanizing, or “ka-ryu” in Japanese. In the ka-ryu process each shoe is fired in a kiln which causes the sulfur mixed inside the raw rubber to chemically react, returning the rubber to its natural elasticity and creating a soft, flexible, and durable sole. The vivid blue sole is not molded and is stamped out individually which also adds to the comfort.


    Any exciting projects coming up?
    The most exciting project right now is the Steven Alan collaboration for Resort.


    What does the company’s logo – “Inuchide no kozuchi” – translate to in English?
    It translates to lucky mallet, or magical hammer.

    Many thanks to Natsuko and Toshihiro! You can find Shoes Like Pottery in our stores and in our web shop.

    - Photos courtesy of Shoes Like Pottery

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