A new standard in Japanese shoes.


A new standard in Japanese shoes.

Lugwig Mies van der Rohe used to say, “God is in the details.” One feels this when looking at CALMANTHOLOGY products, which will debut at an exhibition in the spring of 2018.

“When talking about good shoes, brands from overseas often come up. I want to add my own essence to what I learned from my predecessors and incorporate that into a standard product that also has a Japanese feel to it. I’m creating a Japanese shoe style that won’t suffer by comparison with well-known brands,” says Makoto Kaneko.

Clean lines and craftsmanship set these shoes apart from the rest of the herd. The highest praised cobblers use 15–16 stitches for every three centimeters, but CALMANTHOLOGY takes this one step further giving every three centimeters of material between 17 and 19 stitches. It’s this attention to detail that defines CALMANTHOLOGY’s craftsmanship and quality. Until now, machines couldn’t manage this degree of detail, but Kaneko worked together with Japanese craftspersons to pioneer the technology. Together they also managed to compress leather linings further than ever before possible.

The company’s spirit of innovation is visible even in their wooden lasts. These unique, twisted lasts were carved and assembled after multiple prototypes designed after techniques used by craftsmen from the early 1900s to the 1960s. The twist at the bottom surface encourages the natural rolling motion of the feet as one’s center of gravity moves in a circular motion from heal to little toe to big toe.

CALMANTHOLOGY. Footwear that makes one feel good.

© Jun Udagawa A portmanteau of calm and anthology implying poetry without words, that’s Calmanthology. In anticipation of full-scale brand events in the spring, the company is continuing pop-up events that began in last December at select shops and the Shinjuku Isetan.


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