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Alweather Sneaker - Beige, Black
Moonstar - Alweather Sneaker - Beige, Black
We’ve admired Moonstar from a distance for some time now. The story of the Moonstar factory in Kyusyu, Japan is now one of legend. The attention to detail and fine crafting are unmatched in the industry. As we made our transition from solely a boot company to sneakers, we knew we must have the best. The process of ka-ryu or vulcanization has been perfected in their factory in Kurume since the companies inception in 1873. The canvas uppers are sewn slowly with precision while the rubber strips and soles are carefully inlaid to prepare for their infamous vulcanization process. The shoes are heated to 120° for 70 minutes making the rubber soft and gummy for your walking pleasure.
The Alweather was in our wheelhouse from the start, but we had to wait for stock to come around and it's finally here. The high vulcanization on this pair makes them perfect for guys who want to wear sneakers all winter long, but don't want to walk around with wet feet. They have an iconic style reminiscent of the most hardcore boots of the past. It takes style cues from both American and Japanese footwear, marrying the two perfectly.
- Sturdy Textured Canvas Upper
- High Rubber Foxing
- Rubber Toe Gaurd
- Canvas Piping
- Inner Seam Piping
- Rubber Toe Cap
- Ka-Ryu Vulcanization
- Textured Alweather Grip
- Hand Painted Rubber Adhesive for Longevity
- Sturdy, No-Nonsense, Cotton Laces
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Fit Notes: So here's the skinny. People get very confused about sizing, and the best way we know to remedy that is by comparing them to other shoes. These shoes are known to run pretty true with just a slight bit more room in the toe box than Shoes Like Pottery. You might be able to get away with sizing down without feeling such a pinch from the rubber toe cap on this one. Take your typical Converse Chuck 70 and stick with that. Essentially, if you land in between at an 8.5, take the next size up to a 9. Shop owner Tommy is wearing a size 9 in the pictures. *He is typically an 8.5 in Converse. In Red Wing, he wears an 8 in almost every last.* Without an additional orthotic insole, he can wear a size 8 from SLP, but with an insole and thicker socks, he would have to size up to a 9. So, essentially if you were to take these shoes out of the box, and slip them on with no sock and no insert, you're going to go with your true Red Wing boot size which may mean sizing down if you're an in-betweener. If you plan to wear your Chups or thick wool socks with these, you'll be able to size up! That's the best advice we've got on these and we hope it helps. Reach out with any questions.
The "Zero" fabric has been on our radar from the beginning. It's one of, if not the most famous Samurai denim. This is the original 5-button edition. They love this one so much, they send out stickers and pins to commemorate it. This fabric was first introduced in 2004 after a long development period. It broke many looms and many needles along the way. It is their tried and true. They've used an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft for maximum fading potential. These things have a sh*tton of character. They finished it off with the gold and red selvedge ticker. We can not wait to see these fade.
The "Zero" fabric has been on our radar from the beginning. It's one of, if not the most famous Samurai denim. Well, this round they've done it with the zipper - another thing not often seen from Samurai. This is no ordinary zipper, it's a Scoville "Gripper" zipper. This fabric was first introduced in 2004 after a long development period. It is their tried and true. They've used an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft for maximum fading potential. They finished it off with the gold and red selvedge ticker.
You already know if Samurai produces anything, they're not playing around. So would they do a chino any lighter than 15oz? Most likely not. These things are bonkers. They honestly might as well be a pair of olive selvedge denim, but they have a chino cut. The metallic silver Lamé selvedge line will make them feel even more so like your favorite pair of jeans. These might be unsanforized, but they've had a factory wash to alleviate almost all of that shrinkage. We simply had to see what a Chino from Samurai would look like, and we weren't disappointed. We absolutely love the fabric and we're enamored with the looser, super comfy fit. This is a wardrobe starter for guys looking to get out of their super tight selvedge denim.
How could we say no to these jeans? They have custom hardware designed to pay homage to jeans from the 1940s/50s. Their Otokogi denim is 100% Texas cotton known for its rough texture and impeccable vintage fading qualities. It's a short fibre cotton that creates the rough texture you see. Normally, those fibers are removed to make the cotton smooth, but Samarui adds more to ramp it up even more. They've also used 100% Texas cotton sewing throughout, something we rarely see these days. This denim is for the purist at heart. As the denim is spun at a high tension, even post soak/wash they will become even more stiff (luckily they're only 15oz to start, and not 25). This will result in some of the best fading denim on the planet.
We are absolutely blown back by this fabric. For one, it's not your traditional wabash stripe. They've used throwing stars for the pattern - an incredible idea. To us, the raw fabric is pretty contrasting up front. It can be hard to imagine how it will age. But luckily, they've done that for us and we think it takes the perfect amount of sting out of that contrast. It makes this shirt perfect for comfort and aesthetics up front. That's all not to mention that it's an indigo x black denim. That's what gives this shirt is beautiful, deep, shadowy indigo color. And if you look on the inside, you'll notice the fabric is a few shades darker...so when you roll up your cuffs you get to see that wonderful character. This shirt is simply stunning. We're so glad we brought it to the shop.