The Hill-Side sneakers are responsibly manufactured by well-paid, highly skilled craftspeople in a beautiful, 140-year old factory in western Japan. They're sewn and assembled completely by hand, and are produced using a traditional vulcanization process that employs natural rubber that the factory processes in-house.
We visit the factory twice a year for on-site design and development meetings, and to inspect the production of our products.
- Ethically manufactured in Japan, at one of the world's oldest sneaker factories - The Hill-Side MizuTech Weatherproof Cotton - Custom-designed gusseted tongue keeps water out - High-traction natural rubber outsole with slightly raised heel - Extra-rugged toe cap and toe guard - Rubber side panel and heel cap provide added durability - Comes with two pairs of laces: black/turquoise boot laces and white sneaker laces - Brass D-rings and painted brass eyelets - Pull tabs at heel and tongue - Comfortable lightweight cotton terry cloth lining - Sewn and assembled by hand
MADE IN JAPAN
NOTE: These shoes run about a half-size larger than standard shoe sizes, nearly identical in fit to Converse Chuck Taylors.
FABRIC INFO: - MizuTech Weatherproof Cotton: densely woven long-staple cotton yarns swell when they come in contact with water, shrinking the fabric pores small enough to stop water penetration while still retaining good breathability - 100% cotton, woven in Japan