Want a unique set of kicks to show off? Tokyo is home to a number of top Japanese shoe brands that will make you the envy of your friends.
And they aren’t just stylish. Tokyo is a fashion mixing bowl, and brands will team up with celebrities, artists, and even other brands to make unique, limited-edition footwear. Be on the lookout for these unique collaboration Japanese shoes–because when they’re gone, they’re gone forever!
Japanese Shoe Brands : ASICS
The world famous shoe brand itself, but they do things a little differently around here. ASICS is a frequent collaborator with other brands, including with child company Onitsuka Tiger. Wherever you are in the city, chances are that there is an ASICS nearby.
The parent-child collaboration between Japanese shoe giant ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger. This sports lifestyle brand combines ASICS technology with Tiger’s designs.
Simple, stylish, and eye-catching. Dragon Beard has a wide range of sneakers, boots, and casual footwear. These Japanese shoes are notoriously hard to get outside of Japan, so be sure to plan a trip to their Ueno, Chuo, or Nakano locations during your trip to Tokyo.
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You can’t just go into the Hender Scheme store and pick up a pair of shoes. Hender Scheme shoes are hand-crafted for the buyer, and they do not ship internationally. But if you’re staying in Tokyo for a long time (or have a friend who is), you can pick up a pair of leather shoes that will make your friends green with envy. Hender Scheme makes other leather accessories, and collaborates with Nike and parent company Adidas.
KICKS LAB. frequently collaborates with other large brands to create limited-edition Japanese shoes. Find them quick before they’re gone!
This brand started as an imitator of the American street scene, but evolved into its own unique style. This brand isn’t limited to Japanese shoes–they have graphic tees, jackets, and even a “Kiks Tyo Girl” to help promote their look. Check out our article on Kiks Tyo here!
From famed Japanese shoe designer SNEAKERWOLF, these shoes are anything but losers. This brand features SNEAKERWOLF’s own hand-drawn designs for streetwear, slip-ons, and high-tops. These are great shoes to see and be seen in! They currently don’t have any stockists or stores, but they do have a robust online store.
Maybe you just want some of those cool ninja boots you’ve seen in the movies. Marugo specializes in tabi of all kinds, and also has a great array of boots, shoes, and gloves. They have but one location in Tokyo, but their boots
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Another brand of Japanese shoe that has become famous worldwide. Mizuno sponsors famous Japanese athletes, but they do plenty of cross-over work with other brands to create unique designs. Mizuno has the tech and know-how to make an up-and-coming designers look good on you.
Onitsuka Tiger is the name for stylin’ street Japanese shoes. They are a child company of ASICS and partner with them on the ASICSTIGER brand.
“Rhythm Footwear” for the on-the-go Tokyoite. RFW Tokyo’s simple patterns and slip-on designs are great for the frequent visitor to peoples’ homes. RFW Tokyo currently has no store to call their own, but they can be found in many major retailers throughout the city.
Shoes Like Pottery
These unusual Japanese shoes are fired in kiln in a vulcanizing process to create their soles. The fabric is hand-stitched to the soles, creating a unique style of footwear. Comfortable and well-made.
A great lineup of sneakers and casual shoes. They only have two Tokyo-area shops (Daikanyama and Kichijoji), but many Tokyo shopping centers carry this Japanese shoe brand.
A Los Angeles original, Undefeated has reached across the Pacific to set up shop in Japan. Their shoes, hats, and apparel are becoming a common sight on the Tokyo street scene.
This skater-focused brand isn’t Japanese, but they do well in the Tokyo shoe environment. Vans Japan frequently collaborates with other brands to create unique looks with familiar comfort.
visvim in Omotesando produces a number of shoes and boots featuring Western-themed designs. Check out our article on visvim here!
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