Moonstar / Shoes Like Pottery

Moonstar is a company that has been producing shoes in Kurume, Kyusyu, Japan since 1873. The brand first began as a husband and wife duo creating tabi socks. Kurume first prospered in the rubber industry manufacturing Jika-Tabi shoes (a rubber-soled boot with a unique split toe).

Shoes Like Pottery is a brand under the umbrella company of Moonstar.

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. Above all, Shoes Like Pottery features high-quality, beautifully textured fabric, hand-sewn by the skilled craftsmen of Kurume.