Wearing socks with sandals is not a look that has traditionally been the purview of the high fashion world, but lately it has been gracing runways and photo shoots all over the world. Leading the way is mysterious Japanese brand Suicoke, who began their life making hand-painted Russian dolls before transitioning to making footwear that is as equally well designed and intricately made. Founded by an anonymous collective of designers, Suicoke combines the highest quality materials with a rigorously challenging design process to create the perfect pair of wearable sandals.
Teaming with renowned Italian rubber manufacturer Vibram to create original soles for them, Suicoke has succeeded in producing a technically innovative sandal that seamlessly blends comfort, function and aesthetic principle. Their most popular model, the Kisee-VAB, features a more traditional performance oriented design, with an array of geometrically arranged synthetic textile and nylon padded straps with velcro closures on top of an ergonomically moulded, cushioned footbed and Vibram Morlex outsole. At the other end of the spectrum, the Zavo-VM2 uses a clog-like closed-toe design on its sheep suede upper, with a leather and nylon strap surrounding the velcro closure and a luxurious shearling lining that bathes the foot in incredible softness. These two designs, along with the rest of their line adhere to their firmly rooted belief in only designing that which they desire to own. That belief fits right into the ethos of Lapstone & Hammer, which is why we are thrilled that an innovative brand like Suicoke is now available in our store and at lapstoneandhammer.com.
Photos by Evan Kaucher