Older than most American shoe brands, Asahi has been in the shoemaking business since 1892 and have made countless shoes from traditional Japanese tabi shoes to medical sneakers and this familiar American silhouette: the Deck Shoe. Made in Kurume, a region held in high regard for its sneaker manufacturing, Asahi’s version doesn’t let this reputation slip. Literally, their Deck Shoe uses the same siping sole of earlier generations, made to keep your footing on slippery ship decks.
Grippy foundations aside, they feature a lightweight cotton canvas upper, cotton laces, tonal eyelets, and vulcanized rubber. The shape follows classic deck shoes of years past—specifically those from the 1970s—with a more chiseled toe box than the Vans Authentic models of today. Whether on a ship deck, skate deck, or sitting comfortably at a cafe typing up an article about said sneakers, Asahi’s vulcanized version picks up where vintage ones left off.
Available for £135 (~$180USD) at Peggs & Son.