Kurume, Japan is home to some of the best sneakers in the world. Making every pair by hand, Moonstar create sneakers that are simple yet durable, understated yet beautiful. Using a process known as ka-ryu, the shoes are fired in a kiln for 70 minutes in a process very similar to that of Japanese Pottery. The vulcanization causes the sulfur in the natural rubber outsole to react, thereby returning the natural rubber to its original state, creating a shoe that is as flexible as it is durable.