The meeting between two iconic brands, a unique collaboration between the Japanese Catch Ball (with brusher Co behind) and the Italians of East Harbour Surplus, with the backdrop of the Tennis and American sports shoes of the 1950s as inspiration. A mix that crosses continents to create a small low sneaker among the coolest on the market, and difficult to find so far in France.
These canvas sneakers pay tribute to the real sports tennis of the 50s. Made in Japan from Okayama Kurashiki Hampu canvas (reputed among the best in the world) they have a thick and ultra-resistant fabric, which softens over the years, and an organic dye for a slightly faded appearance. Equipped with three eyelets for ventilation and a cushioned insole for super comfort.
An ultra-resistant canvas
The Kurashiki Hampu® canvas used here, is built in solidity with a thick surface at high density. This is achieved through the slow and methodical weaving technique. With this traditional weave, the material retains more air which makes the canvas more absorbent, and also more comfortable to wear. From a rough cotton thread, a thick and resistant lime fabric is created, and a canvas that softens over time. It is water resistant, breathes with your feet and keeps all its beauty over the years. If you are told that it is considered among the best paintings in the world...
This is not a tribute to Star Trek, but the name of the traditional process of cooking the rubber sole. This unique Japanese technique is performed by a handful of craftsmen named "ka-ryu" in Japanese, and is passed down from generation to generation. It involves each pair of shoes being baked, which gives their rubber soles a very soft finish and particularly flexible and durable. All shoes are thus made by hand by fixing a rubber paw on the canvas and putting them in an oven to cook them.
Organic dyeing and washing
A special technique is applied to Kurashiki Hampu® canvas: bio-enzymatic dyeing that is applied during the production of the canvas fabric. In this process, the canvas absorbs enzymes, which gives it a slightly faded effect and an ultra-soft touch. This enzyme gives life to the canvas and creates a unique and durable color.
An irreproachable finish
On the front of the shoe, there are three rows of seams that prevent the canvas from tearing over time, and three eyelets on the bottom provide better air permeability. A small detail that will make all the difference during the summer heat. The front is embellished with a nose with tip (with a very 1950's design) to avoid wear and form a resistant shell. It covers the upper part of the canvas, and covers your toes, which also helps the shoe to maintain its original shape and prevent it from being damaged. Finally, the back of the shoe is reinforced with a V-seam, designed to cover your ankle, for more comfort (and elegance!). And we don't forget the little vintage logo label sewn on the inner tongue, for attention to detail, with an old illustration of the shuttle machine and a brief history of Kurashiki Hampu.
A comfortable Ortholite ™ sole
Ortholite ™ is the material most often used for the design of shoe soles. It is often found in sports shoes to improve performance in activities such as running, track and outdoor sports. These insoles offer better cushioning than the EVA insole (typically found in Vans or Converse) and also eliminate foot odors due to its air permeability and moisture barrier function.