Creating comfortable footwear is at the core of Suicoke. The Japanese brand has gained a following beyond the land of the rising sun with its Vibram-soled sandals, finding a niche in the fashion world.
Founded in Tokyo in 2006, Suicoke focuses on its unique approach to design, which is why the brand is notoriously secretive about everything else concerning the brand. It initially started out as a small accessories brand, selling hand-painted Matryoshka dolls, before designing footwear. The name itself has no particular meaning and the creatives behind the brand remain anonymous.
In Spring 2014, the brand initiated its partnership with Vibram to develop an original sole for its sandals, making it one of the first brands to bring outdoor functionality and design to a high fashion audience. Since then, Suicoke has made a name for itself with its signature neoprene panels, adjustable nylon straps and Vibram soles.
The KISEE-V has become one of the standout silhouettes, serving as the canvas for several collaborations with the likes of Norse Projects, mastermind and Highsnobiety. Other high profile collab partners include Stussy, BAPE and Dr. Martens.
One of the brand’s more polarizing moves was releasing five-toe sneakers. While the Nin-Lo, Nin-Hi and Nin-Sabo based on the Vibram FiveFingers have been a staple of past collections, Suicoke has also collaborated with Takahiro Miyashita, Midorikawa and Balenciaga on more controversial five-toed designs.
Takahiro Miyashita’s interpretation of the VFF looks like a simple sneaker disrupted by the separated-toe design and Balenciaga took a similar approach to create a heel sneaker with a sock construction. Midorikawa went even further to create an outrageous design, adding polished toenails to the skin-colored shoes.
Suicoke is even credited with making flip-flops cool again, having developed the first ever beach sandal with a Vibram footbed. Using the Morflex High Abrasion EVA, the seamless molded design emphasizes the brand’s commitment to creating durable footwear with the highest quality materials.
More recently, Suicoke introduced its Eco line in an effort to create a more sustainable sandal. This includes using leftover fabrics from previous productions, recycled nylon, footbeds made from sugar cane or utilizing Vibram’s ECOSTEP EVO soles with a minimum 30% of recycled rubber materials.
Always exploring ways to expand on familiar concepts, Suicoke introduced a line of lightweight injections sandals, which are made in Italy from recycled waste materials. The streamlined design molds to the wearers foot and is the result of an extensive trial and error development process.