A men’s shoe, designed for iconic Italian footwear and bag brand Tod’s. We chose to combine two materials for the shoe’s upper – a soft leather for the vamp, and suede for the quarter and backstay – and visually connected the two materials with side detail like an envelope’s string tie. A rubber sole like those traditionally used for deck shoes emphasises the Tod’s design lineage, and carefully hidden, near-invisible stitching brings out the softness of the shoes while inside, a highly breathable mesh inner gives lightness and a sense of relaxation. Like the envelope that encloses an important letter and is sent far away to bring people happiness, we hoped our shoe would support the foot as it travels far, bringing happiness as it goes.

for Tod’s
Akihiro Yoshida (01-17)
Takumi Ota(18)