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Hender Scheme's New Store 'Sukima Kappabashi' Opens in Tokyo

Hender Scheme's New Store 'Sukima Kappabashi' Opens in Tokyo

In any other city, a queue around the block starting in front of a non-descript grey roller door might be cause for alarm. But this is Tokyo.

Located in the traditional crafts hub of Asakusa, Hender Scheme’s newest store “Sukima Kappabashi” has been frantic since its doors rolled opened a few weeks ago.

While the centrepiece of its second retail space is a vintage industrial stamping acquired from a local leather craftsman, the brand has earnt its cult following thanks to its opulent, handmade leather sneakers that are made in the form of some of the world’s most iconic shoe silhouettes. And it’s to these that the store owes its queues.

MIP1 Sneakers - Hender Scheme

MIP5 Sneakers - Hender Scheme

MIP10 Sneakers - Hender Scheme

MIP6 Sneakers - Hender Scheme

Every pair of Hender Scheme sneakers is made by hand by a team of specialist craftsmen in Japan over the course of several months.

“They might look nice on display, but [the shoes are] a tool meant to be used,” Hender Scheme founder Ryo Kashiwazaki has said. “The way the sole wears down, whether someone likes their leather dirty or clean, in the end, I see a new pair of Hender Schemes at 80% of its journey. The remaining 20% only takes effect once someone puts them on and starts walking.”

Ryo himself has said that he used to wear a lot of Nike, Air Force Ones, Dunks, and Adidas Superstars. His homage collection pays tribute to some of these greats, taking some of the world’s most famous and instantly recognizable sneakers, and transmorphing them into a bespoke leather shoe.

The ultimate trophy shoe, Hender Scheme’s sneakers have piqued the interest of publications like High Snobeity and Sneaker News, and are stocked at less than 50 stockists worldwide – including Sorry Thanks I Love You.

And while they’ve been at the top of every sneaker head’s must-buy list for a few years now, the net is about to be cast even wider.

On 1 July, Hender Scheme announced a global price adjustment on their Hommage collection, meaning these bespoke shoes are now available for less than $800 per pair.

“To begin with, we never even thought of making these to sell overseas,” says Ryo. “The craftsmen [who help make the shoes] come from very small towns and have never even been overseas before. It almost seems like a paradox.”

A selection of Hender Scheme’s homage collection is available at both Sorry Thanks I Love You stores in Sydney and online now.

Or you can always brave the queues next time you’re in Tokyo.


Shop our edit of Hender Scheme’s homage collection online or in store at:

Sorry Thanks I Love You
Ground Floor, No 5 Martin Place
(Enter via 120 Pitt Street)

Or visit:

Sukima Kappabashi
Takahashi building, 4-2-10 Motoasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0041
*5 mins on foot from Tawaramachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
Information: 03-6231-7579