Made in Japan: Doek Shoe Industries

Manufactured in Kurume, Japan, Doek creates high quality canvas sneakers from locally crafted canvas produced in the same manner as kasuri fabrics, often used for kimonos. The parent company of Doek is a specialized producer of these beautiful materials, so it was natural for them to use these methods in creating their footwear. The fabrics are still produced to this day using highly skilled and labor intensive processes including traditional indigo dying processes – giving the fabric a magnificent depth of color that will patina beautifully with age.

Doek chose to keep all aspects of their manufacturing local, producing their shoes at a factory in Kurume specializing in vulcanized rubber footwear. Vulcanized rubber creates a very durable sole by chemically bonding the sole using heat and sulfur rather than adhesives. The longevity and comfort of the shoes are also enhanced by the use of a natural cork insole. Cork provides many advantages over the more widely used foam insole including moisture absorption and durability.

Keeping their styles simple and classic, Doek has built two easy to wear staple sneakers. The Court finds its inspiration in early tennis shoes, while the Oxford model is styled after the quintessential canvas deck shoe. Both models are available with either a natural or indigo dyed canvas upper. See all of the styles online now.

November 12, 2014 by Jordan Sayler

Doek Indigo Dyed Yarns

The navy color of the Doek Court and Doek Oxford is achieved by indigo dying large skeins of cotton yarn by hand. Over time, the color will begin to fade beautifully, like your favorite pair of denim. Check out the video below to see this highly skilled and labor intensive process in action.

GOOD WEAVER 1 from GOOD WEAVER on Vimeo.

 

November 05, 2014 by Jordan Sayler

Alden 97873C Natural Chromexcel Longwing Pre-order

 

A throwback from 2010 the Alden x Winn Perry 97873C, Natural Chromexcel Longwing, is now available for pre-order with an early 2015 anticipated delivery. Alden's classic Longwing pattern pairs beautifully with natural chromexcel leather. We add Alden's signature double leather and commando soles for a touch of sensible style. Finishing details include matching agatine metal eyelets and a light antique finished reverse welt. To place your pre-order email sales@winnperry.com with your desired size. We will send an invoice to your email to complete your order with a $150 non-refundable deposit. All deposits are transferred to your purchase at the time of delivery. Pre-orders for all custom sizes will be taken through 11:59PM PST on Thursday 8/7.

-Built on Alden's Barrie last
-Natural Horween Chromexcel leather uppers
-Double leather and commando soles
-Reverse welt with light antique finish
-Matching agatine metal eyelets
-Goodyear welted for lasting durability
-Made in Middleborough, MA USA


Fit tip: The Barrie last fits one half size large, compared to standard US sizing. Take your measured foot size and go down one half size. Please email sales@winnperry.com if you have any questions about the fit or styling of this model.

August 02, 2014 by Jordan Sayler

Rancourt x Winn Perry Exclusive Natural Chromexcel Wingtip

Our first exclusive special make up with Rancourt & Co. brings our Pacific NW spin to Rancourt's handsome wingtip model. The Winn Perry exclusive Natural Chromexcel Wingtip blends traditional details with rugged materials and creates a style that is both casual and elegant. Being from Portland, we wanted to build a casual wing that is ideal for wear no matter the weather conditions.

Crafted from Horween's natural Chromexcel leather, this model will patina beautifully with age as the pull up leather weathers, bends, and creases. A handmade Lactae Hevea 'Cricket' lug sole allows for year round comfort, traction, and style, while adding a waterproof layer of protection under foot.

-Horween natural finish Chromexcel leather upper
-Handmade Lactae Hevea 'Cricket' lug sole
-Beaded welt w/ natural finish
-Blake rapid construction
-Antique brass eyelets
-Made in Lewiston, ME USA

Please email sales@winnperry.com if you have any questions about the fit or styling of our new Winn Perry exclusive Rancourt Natural Chromexcel Wingtip.

June 12, 2014 by Jordan Sayler