From the mind of legit-genius designer Yuki Matsuda, Yuketen consistently puts out some of the most unique, eye-catching, crazy-in-a-good-way handsewn moccasin construction shoes and boots you’ll ever see. (You may recall that we’ve gushed about them before.) But they way they’re built is incredibly real as well—Yuketen is that rare brand that is most definitely fashion (if you want it to be), but also doesn’t give an inch in terms of construction, materials, and craft.
The influences on their wide-ranging style catalog are numerous, mixing and matching references from Maine, Scotland, Mexico, and beyond. Recently Yuketen unveiled their lineup for Spring/Summer 2022, and if you’re wondering whether they managed to outdo themselves again, well…of course they did.
We took it upon ourselves to comb through Yuketen’s latest collection to highlight some of the absolute doozies they’ve come up with this time around. Some models are ready to wear; others are MTO/pre-orders; others still are not quite ready for release, but will be soon. Check ’em all out below…
READY TO WEAR
These twin-tone mocs are some serious chonkmeisters, and feature a whole lotta pinking throughout. Grab a pair now from Danish retailer Hansen Garments.
These huarache-inspired slip-ons are made with hand-cut, hand-woven veg tan leather that should see a lot of patina from repeated wear. Rather than going the traditional huarache route using something like recycled tires for soles, the Alejandro sports a Vibram 2060 cavity wedge, giving it a slightly workwear vibe.
This bandana-print suede from Conceria Opera injects a bit of playfulness into these clogs. With a high-arched leather footbed working in tandem with a combination of crepe and woven jute, these shoes should be ultra-comfy and supportive.
The latest iteration in Yuketen’s homage to the 90s-era basketball shoe, these low-cut sneakers juxtapose meticulously-constructed cowhide panels with a Goodyear welt construction atop a thick layer of leather midsole and black Vibram wedge soles.
Now available at German retailer Mytheresa, these moccasin loafers feature a sturdy natural veg tan midsole and brown Vibram 2060 cavity wedges.
MADE TO ORDER
With a moccasin construction accented by distinct hex eyelets, the Angler Moc is a nod to the outdoorsman’s footwear of 1950s/60s New England, and pairs quite well with this pebbled Horween leather.
This blucher moc, seen here in black CXL (ahem: teacore), comes complete with a lace-in kiltie and Yuketen’s proprietary rubber/cork chip camp soles.
The beautiful moccasin construction and pinking around the collar of these blucher mocs are complemented by the Yuketen-exclusive Rocker sole, a Vibram EVA product inspired by orthopedic soles of the past. Arguably the most iconic and Yuketen-y Yuketen shoe.
These cool, casual handsewn mocs should keep your feet stable and secure, thanks to the 360 lacing system and proprietary camp soles.
These blucher mocs promise comfortable wear thanks to the soft, supple Essex uppers, and should age just magnificently.
Taking cues from traditional Celtic dancing shoes, the Ghillie lacing design these ultilizes leather loops instead of eyelets. Super neato.
Like a pair of Common Projects that just got back from a trip to Maine, these handsewn sneakers feature fleshout (roughout) leather from Conceria Opera and Vibram 2021 wedges.
Check out the rest of Yuketen’s excellent seasonal collection here.