Shoes With Unique Character Made Possible by Hand Work
SPINGLE shoes are made in a high temperature kiln using the vulcanization process which involves high heat and carbonization, so we only use quality products which have passed strict checks on factors such as shrinkage and discoloration etc. Our commitment to these materials, which bring out the unique “character” of unevenness and wrinkles unlike any other pair as they are worn, and hand work, allows the creation of a one-in-the world pair of shoes with unique character. In the future we will continue to challenge ourselves to all possibilities in order to deliver to our customers shoes they have never seen before.
Hand Work Taking a Great Amount of Time and Labor
The sneakers are pressurized and heated in the kiln for about one hour at over 100 degrees Celsius. When the heating is finished, the kiln door opens upward with a roaring sound and smoke billows out. Amid the hot air, white smoke and rubber smell, craftsmen remove the hanging shelves and deftly cut the temporary threads and cloth which were used to prevent loss of shape. Next, a large fan is used to cool and stabilize the shape of the hot sneakers.
Due to the “vulcanization process” being basically hand work, a great amount of time and labor is taken, and production efficiency is poor. The number of companies in Japan using the vulcanization process has decreased sharply, and it is said that now, including our company, only very few remain. Our factory, which has over 80 years of history, will continue to protect the “vulcanization process” and continue to share this good quality with the world.