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Shoes Like Pottery

Founded in Kurume, Japan in 1873, MoonStar originated as a producer of the tabi (Japanese traditional footwear). Their unprecedented technology and experience have been cultivated over more than 135 years. The hallmark of Shoes Like Pottery is the vulcanizing, or ka-ryu, process in Japanese, performed by only a select handful of shoe manufacturers 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.

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