Shoe Like Pottery | Handmade in Japan | Stuarts London


The name gives it away , and to be honest I couldn’t think of a better way to describe these shoes. Made in Japan in a Factory founded in 1873. Moonstar originated as a producer of the tabi a five fingered sock with a rubber sole.


The hallmark of Shoe Like Pottery is the vulcanising, or a Ka-ryu in Japanese, performed by only a select handful of shoe makers around the world. 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.


Above all, Shoes Like Pottery features high quality, and beautifully textured fabric, hand sewn by skilled craftsmen of Kurume.

Function and colouring process:

Shoe like Pottery only use a rubber adhesive to cement the canvas to the outsole. In addition only rubber is used to interline and reinforce the toe hand heel areas. Due to this the shoes maintain a long life and hold up good shape. The foxing elastic tape around the sole is stamped with a rubber seasl bearing the brand logo, resembling the traditional sealing wax used by manufacturers in the past. Each logo seal is embossed individually, which means that each pair of Shoes Like Pottery  is different and unique.

The soles are created to resemble a pebbled texture of raw rubber. In addition, the bottom soles of the shoes are vivid sage of blue, giving an flash of colour to every step you take.


Available in three colours, from natural , the other two colours are dip dyed to achieve a strong black and an indigo blue.

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Written by Ravi Grewal

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