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Japanese Sneakers Ditches Stitching For Baked-On Soles
By Anthea Quay, 29 Mar 2012
Japanese company Shoes Like Pottery produces canvas sneakers with baked-on rubber soles.
Like its brand, the shoes are made like a craft and sent into a kiln to have the shoe’s soles sealed to the shoe.
Unlike conventional stitching and shoe-making methods, this causes the soles to last longer and are softer, more flexible and more durable.
According to Shoes Like Pottery, the unique raw rubber used is also “flexible, supple”, and returns to its original shape when manipulated.
Also putting the theory of 'form following function' into practice, even the logo that the company has ‘sealed’ on to the shoe has a purpose: the logo fastens down the elastic tape wrapped around the sole, liken to “sealing wax” used in ancient times.
Shoes Like Pottery shoes come in black and white colors, and cost about US$100 each pair.
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