All of us remember that pair of shoes we had as a kid that we loved, and essentially beat the piss out of. The end of them usually followed with a period of mourn, regretting that we didn’t have another pair, or that they weren’t built to last longer. This thought process is my assumption of what Ryo Kashiwazaki, the designer and owner of Hender Scheme, went through when he created his “homage” collection. Picking his favorite kicks, he hand-recreated them with natural leather, and gave them a base that could be resoled many times over. With the passing of time, his creations will take on a unique patina, and maintain a durability to possible outlive the wearer.
Some have taken to scoffing at the rather pricey kicks, I can see them as a beautiful recreation of one man’s passion. If Nike put half as much quality into some of their iconic sneakers I could start to see the argument. For now I’ll just have to endure the torture of not being able to afford/fit a pair. Next season of Hender Scheme will bring us a recreation of the classic New Balance 574. Look for them to be available later at Maas & Stacks.