Japan Factory Visit: The Hill-Side Sneakers

The Hill-Side has just released their second seasonal collection of made-in-Japan, vulcanized sneakers, which feature a range of distinctive fabrics from the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. This season is the first their footwear is offered in three classic shapes: low-top, chukka, and high-top. They've shared with us a recent tour of the factory they work with in Japan, highlighting the start to finish process of their sneakers.

The heavy duty vulcanized construction and hand assembly, ensures that each shoe is held to the highest of standards before leaving the factory floor. Additionally, you'll find each sneaker has a reinforced, textured toe cap and toe guard, with a rugged herringbone patterned tread on the outsole to maximize wearability, especially through the colder months. These shoes run about a half-size larger than standard shoe sizes, so keep this in mind when ordering.

"Our sneakers are all responsibly manufactured at a wonderful, 140-year-old factory in Japan. Each pair is sewn and assembled by hand with an extremely precise attention to detail, and features a durable, flexible gum rubber outsole, canvas-backed foxing tape, brass eyelets, and twill tape binding along the tongue."

Article by Darian Hocking
Photography by The Hill-Side

Emil & Liza Corsillo & The Hill-Side

The Hill-Side Sneakers


• Two-way front-zip closure with two-button collar tab
• Button-flap hand pockets
• Scallop-vented flap
• Water-repellent finish
• Lined
• 50% cotton, 50% polyester
• Machine wash cold, line dry
• Made in the United Kingdom

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