- Clarino™ synthetic suede is a remarkable technical non-woven textile made in Japan
- Benefits of our "Synth Suede" include: stronger and lighter than real leather suede; excellent breathability; extremely durable and abrasion resistant; and easy to care for -- water resistant, stain resistant, and washable
- The "New Slip-On" is a revamped version of our original Slip-On, featuring a higher ankle profile and rubber heel guard
- Ethically manufactured in Japan, at one of the world's oldest sneaker factories
- Sewn and assembled by hand
- Vulcanized construction
- Herringbone pattern natural rubber outsole
- Canvas-backed rubber foxing tape
- Twill tape binding at tongue
The Hill-Side sneakers are responsibly manufactured by well-paid, highly skilled craftspeople in a beautiful, 140-year old factory in western Japan. They're sewn and assembled completely by hand, and are produced using a traditional vulcanization process that employs natural rubber that the factory processes in-house.
We visit the factory twice a year for on-site design and development meetings, and to inspect the production of our products.