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Heschung x Yuketen Verbier - $690
Yuketen's collaboration with Heschung marks the fruition of designer Yuki Matsuda's dream, born over two decades ago, of offering an authentic, Norwegian-welted shoe. While still a teenager and working for an import clothier in Osaka's Amerikamura ("American Village"), Yuki first encountered the "Tyrolean", a classic Norwegian-welted, Alpine hiking boot made popular by European brands such as Bonarle, Dolomite and, of course, Heschung. In finally joining with this acclaimed French factory to create the Tyrolean-style Verbier, Yuketen is announcing a milestone achievement for both Yuki and the company, providing a shoe that meets the demanding standards of the original while remaining unique in design.
Each shoe is made in Heschung's factory in Strasbourg, France from 100% vegetable-tanned full-grain leather and Italian seersucker fabric. Pinked leather welt is stitched to both to the upper and the insole with Norwegian welt stitching, also known as "waterproof welt" because of the effective seal this creates. The Verbier is constructed entirely from French components (except the seersucker fabric). The distinctive ridge of pinched leather that runs from the tip to the collar is adorned by pinking as an artistic reflection of the welt pinking detail. Italian seersucker fabric on the tip and tongue bears a woven naval motif, while the cork-embedded lug sole gives this two-eyelet, leather-lined shoe a stacked appearance.
Full-leather insoles, natural cork filler for cushioning, and steel shank reinforcements increase fitting in the arch and heel as well as lessen foot fatigue by forming a stable bridge between the heel and ball of the individual owner's foot. The Verbier represents a collaboration celebrating the best of Heschung’s footwear construction capabilities complemented by the best of Yuketen’s emphasis on functional design.
- Veg-Tan Full-Grain Leather + Woven Anchor Fabric
- French lug sole with cork chips
- Pinked collar with handsewn stitching
- Yuketen's iconic pinking welt with Norwegian stich
- Heschung's original lug sole
- Made in France
Yuketen Mismatch DB Chukka - $391
Yuketen's Mismatch Chukka is a vibrant announcement. Offering a mid-cut profile and slender silhouette, the chukka's liminal character - between shoe and boot - made it an icon of mid-60's cool. The Mismatch Chukka is a modern interpretation of this classic footwear model that is rendered from an organic composition of leather and rubber and traditional moccasin construction. Raw details such as the omission of eyelets, hand-stitched heel closure, and an intentionally unfinished leather edge at the ankle lend an elliptical appearance to profound workmanship. Two moments of seeming excess - “baseball stitch” handsewing and a vamp overlay (an additional leather piece stitched beneath the vamp and cradling the foot) - prove essential to the comfort and durability of this unlined, two-eyelet chukka. Alternating color panels, asymmetrically applied to the left and right shoe, give an eccentric flourish to this outspoken model.
Full-leather insoles, leather tucks, and steel shank reinforcements increase fitting in the arch and heel as well as lessen foot fatigue by forming a stable bridge between the heel and ball of the individual owner's foot.
Directly stitched to the vamp, Yuketen’s signature boat sole is made from 100% rubber. Razor thin incisions in the sole (known as "siping") serve to provide traction by opening where pressure is applied but stay sealed against debris, therefore protecting valuable surfaces (such as yacht hulls) against unwanted abrasion.
The color-blocking of this distinctive shoe is re-imagined for each season, making each release a unique statement of character.
- 100% premium flesh-out leather
- True mocassin construction
- Yuketen's 100% rubber boat sole
- Vegitan leather tuck with steel shank
- Hand-sewn baseball stitch detail
- Made in USA