moonstar x tokyobike

Founded in Kurume, Japan in 1873, MoonStar started out producing Tabi (sock-like footwear with a rubber sole for workers). They are better known today for their classic plimsolls produced under the brand 'Shoes Like Pottery' - a reference to the manufacturing process with has similarities to the way ceramics are produced. The soles are fired in a kiln for a smooth but tough finish while the canvas comes from Kurume cloth produced on hand looms that give a unique texture.

tokyobike have partnered with Moonstar to produce a take on their classic Minima design - using the same vulcanisation process but with canvas instead of suede to create a light, everyday shoe perfect for on and off the bike.

The Moonstar x tokyobike shoes will be sold exclusively through a small number of tokyobike stores and will be strictly limited to 50 pairs* in the following colours: off white, blue and grey (men's and women's sizes). *London allocation

Whilst the shoes are 'mass produced' there is an unusual level of craft and skill that goes into the manufacturing process and a beauty in the pride and dedication that the makers exude, well documented in the short film that follows.