SU Cork Sandals|A traditional Japanese Sandal Reimagined

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Great for the environment and your skin, this natural cork sandal is here to support while being great all around!

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2021.7.27

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Great for the environment and your skin, this natural cork sandal is here to support while being great all around!

Japankuru Funding

2021.7.27

Kind to the environment and sustainable. Cork has many hidden qualities, and by using the amazing techniques and abilities of Japanese craftsmen, the "Japanese Sandal SU" is looking to bring to light these amazing qualities, in the form of a fashionable cork sandal that is amazing to wear.

 

 

Cork is a wonderful resource and material used for many thousands of years. With this material also being helpful when thinking about the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), we can use the cork that we use in our products again, helping to reduce our waste matter to near zero levels!

The cork material that we use is high grade pulped cork, made from various corks available, and is a completely original blend!

It is directly sourced from one of the leaders in the cork industry, a Portuguese company called Amorim. Cork is rather limited, with the planting and growing of viable trees taking 20 years, and then only being harvestable every 9 years from then. We chose this company as they are the top of their field when it comes to creating cork. 

 

About 150 years, it was the norm for Japanese people to wear Kimonos or Yukatas (depending on the season or situation) and at this time, it was normal for them to wear geta as well. Geta are similar to sandals, but are raised upon two or three wedges which when used in the rain or snow can prevent the feet from getting wet. With this period in mind, we wish to respect this design and instead of making something that would be worn at a beach, we created a sandal that can be used to go out in public, but with a modernised twist. By blending the traditional with the modern, we have created a rare design for the Japanese Geta.

 

And to add a little bit more Japanese culture, for this Kickstarter campaign, we have created a fireworks design, or hanabi in Japanese, something that many Japanese people go to see in the summer wearing yukatas and sandals!

 

Using the experience of craftsmen that have used cork for over 60 years, we have been able to make a durable but also soft to the touch original cork sole. The SU Sandal is absorbent, and fits to the foot in a way that it doesn’t slip. As well the cork acts as a cushion, due to the elasticity, meaning that it is able to take some of the strain off the foot when walking.  

Due to the innumerable amount of natural cells found in the cork, it allows the SU Sandal to be highly insulating and absorbent. That means that no matter the temperature, it keeps to a roughly similar temperature, meaning that even after wearing the SU Sandal for long periods, they don’t become sticky due to sweat unlike other sandals. As well as this, due to the natural cork, even after wearing it for a long period of time, they don’t start to smell weird or bad.

 

We have created a sole that looks to match and fit your foot as best as possible. As well as this, we use Vibram bottom sole to help reduce strain on the feet and to give it extra durability.

The bottom sole, from the Italian company Vibram, is about 10mm in thickness, allowing it to be light but also cushioning, and is extremely durable. They are a world renowned brand, that have been able to help many various types of shoe makers improve their shoe, and make the shoe itself feel nicer to walk on. With this combination of cork sole and Vibram sole to make a new type of geta, we have created a super light, easy to walk on, and durable sandal.

 

The sandal strap that we use is made to also help reduce the burden on the foot. 

It is rather large but is soft and feels nice on the skin. It is made from a soft leather that has been made to be springy. The strap is made to fit correctly, helping to reduce the problem that many sandals have of chafing and causing pain on the toes. You can feel safe in the fact that you can wear the SU Sandals for hours at a time! Each strap is attached one by one by a craftsman that is knowledgeable about feet in order to make sure that you don’t have to worry about this problem.

 

 

 

We are preparing special design patterns for the SU Sandal, which takes on the beloved Japanese summer tradition of Fireworks. Bring a bit of Japanese summer into your life! 

If the sandals are wet due to water or sweat, we recommend wiping any excess water and then drying in a shaded place.

For sandals that become dirty, using cloth soaked with warm soapy water, wipe the sandal and remove any excess water with a clean cloth and then leave to dry in a shaded place. 

 

Materials used: Cork, Hard Wood Fibres, Soft Leather, Vibram Sole

Country of Manufacturing: Japan

 

 

 Unfortunately when it comes to converting centimetres to UK and US sizes, there are a lot of varying size charts on the internet. When choosing your sandal, we recommend measuring your foot using a ruler and finding the correct measurement in centimetres. This will allow you to choose the perfect size for you! 

 

 ※ Please measure the length and width at the longest points

※There may be some very slight differences in the measurement. 

 

After measuring your foot width and length, please check the chart to find the best size for you.

 

As the sandal is made out of natural cork, there may be areas that are rather concentrated in colour.

Also depending on the screen you are using to view this project, the sandal that you receive may look different to sandal in the picture.

We ask for your understanding in these matters.

 

BARK OF K Japan, has for the longest time, using the amazingly proficient skills of our craftsmen combined with high tech processing methods, been a producer of cork goods. To the utmost of our ability look to produce everything in house, from special customer requests and items that fit a wide base's needs.

In Japan, how to use cork isn’t widely known, and the limit to its potential is still unforeseen. Cork has amazing natural qualities, and for today’s modern person, has the ability to fit into many parts of their lifestyle as small goods or interior pieces, but we are still searching for other ways to use this amazing material.

We hope that cork can be used as an alternative to plastic or silicon, being all natural as well as being durable, elastic, compressible, and insulating, harnessing a wide range of natures on technology. It’s also nice to the touch. We hope that we can help to promote this amazing material in a wide range of high quality products!

 

Kickstarter Launch : July 21th 2021

Project Ends: August 30th 2021

Surveys Sent Out: Mid- September 2021

Production starts: October 2021

Production Ends: November 2021

Shipping Starts: Nov-December 2021

Early Delivery Arrives: December 2021

Other Sandal Return levels Arrive: February 2021

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BARK OF K Japan, has for the longest time, using the amazingly proficient skills of our craftsmen combined with high tech processing methods, been a producer of cork goods. To the utmost of our ability look to produce everything in house, from special customer requests and items that fit a wide base's needs. In Japan, how to use cork isn’t widely known, and the limit to its potential is still unforeseen. Cork has amazing natural qualities, and for today’s modern person, has the ability to fit into many parts of their lifestyle as small goods or interior pieces, but we are still searching for other ways to use this amazing material. We hope that cork can be used as an alternative to plastic or silicon, being all natural as well as being durable, elastic, compressible, and insulating, harnessing a wide range of natures on technology. It’s also nice to the touch. We hope that we can help to promote this amazing material in a wide range of high quality products!

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¥12,880 $117 | Super Early Bird SU Sandal Colour

Get your feet into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 30% off!
Choose from 8 different colours:
Sky Blue・Khaki・Brown・Grey Black・Light Pink・Light Yellow・Light Grey・Light Beige
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L

INCLUDES:
SU Cork Sandal (Coloured Version)

¥12,880 $117 | Early Delivery SU Sandal Colour

Get your feet into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 30% off!
Choose from 8 different colours:
Sky Blue・Khaki・Brown・Grey Black・Light Pink・Light Yellow・Light Grey・Light Beige
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L
Arrives December 2021! ※Only available to certain countries

INCLUDES:
SU Cork Sandal (Coloured Version)

¥14,000 $127|Super Early Bird SU Sandal Firework

Get your feet into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 30% off!
Choose from one of the 2 Kickstarter Exclusive colours:
Monochrome Fireworks ・Red Fireworks Pattern
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L

INCLUDES:
SU Cork Sandal (Firework Patterned)

¥14,000 $127 | Early Delivery SU Sandal Firework

Get your feet into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 30% off!
Choose from one of the 2 Kickstarter Exclusive colours:
Monochrome Fireworks ・Red Fireworks Pattern
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L
Arrives December 2021! ※Only available to certain countries

INCLUDES:
SU Cork Sandal (Firework Patterned)

¥14,720 $134 | Early Bird SU Sandal Colour

Get your feet into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 20% off!
Choose from 8 different colours:
Sky Blue・Khaki・Brown・Grey Black・Light Pink・Light Yellow・Light Grey・Light Beige
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L

INCLUDES:
SU Cork Sandal (Coloured Version)

¥16,000 $145 | Early Bird SU Sandal Firework

Get your feet into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 20% off!
Choose from one of the 2 Kickstarter Exclusive colours:
Monochrome Fireworks ・Red Fireworks Pattern
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L

INCLUDES:
SU Cork Sandal (Firework Patterned)

¥23,920 $217 | KS Special SU Sandal Colour x2

Get your feet and a partners into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 35% off with this double pack!!
Choose from 8 different colours:
Sky Blue・Khaki・Brown・Grey Black・Light Pink・Light Yellow・Light Grey・Light Beige
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L

INCLUDES:
2× SU Cork Sandal (Coloured Version)

¥26,000 $236| KS Special SU Sandal Firework x2

Get your feet and a partners into a specially made pair of reimagined geta at 35% off with this double pack!!
Choose from one of the 2 Kickstarter Exclusive colours:
Monochrome Fireworks ・Red Fireworks Pattern
Choose from 5 different sizes:
S・M・L・LL・3L

INCLUDES:
2× SU Cork Sandal (Firework Patterned)
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