Moonstar’s Latest Made in Japan Sneakers are Half Canvas, Half Rubber, and All-Weather
Japan’s Moonstar is most often known here in the States for their Shoes Like Pottery line — where the sneakers are baked in a kiln—but the brand has actually been chugging along since the 1870s, producing traditional Tabi Boots and other items for their domestic market. Since then, they’ve settled into a groove of making low-frills sneakers not unlike Keds, Chuck Taylors, or the Van’s Old Skools, although every once in a while they’ll sneak in a conversation starter. And that brings us to their fairly-generically named ‘All-Weather Sneaker’.
While I have my doubts of this shoes ability to keep you warm in frigid temps’, I do think it could be a serious contender for the rainy months, so long as it’s not too cold out. Starting with one of their hi-top canvas sneaker designs, Moonstar has rubberized most of the lower portion of the shoe, making that area impervious to water while also allowing the wearer to hold traction. Think of it as a city dwellers version of the uber-classic L.L. Bean duck boot.
While one may wonder why the entire shoe isn’t fully rubberized, the canvas allows your poor feet to breath. Sure, they bake some of their shoes in kilns, but they don’t want you to cook while wearing them.