Rolling Dub Trio makes some of the coolest and well-made boots out there. Combining the toughest leathers and rare, deadstock materials which vintage obsessives crave, the brand crafts its sought-after footwear in Japan using time-tested methods like Goodyear welt and stitchdown construction. Oh, and they also make some of the most badass sandals.
Made in the same factory, Tokyo Sandals sits with Rolling Dub Trio under the parent company, The Boot Factory. And with a team of bootmakers using traditional techniques and an artisan level of detail, it’s sandals are mouthwatering.
Each sandal uses two layers of full-grain leather, one for the footbed and one of the midsole. This double layer of leather might sound like a lot, and it sort of is. Many of the world’s best shoemakers do this including hardcore boot brands like Viberg and White’s. The reason for this is that it not only provides durability and structural integrity to the sandals but extreme comfort as both layers will mold to your feet with wear.
Many boot lovers will tell you that breaking in two layers of full-grain leather isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But Tokyo Sandals gives you a head start. Its artisans mold each layer by hand in a process similar to molding plywood to form curves and arches for an ergonomic fit, unlike many of the skimpy sandals available — if you didn’t know, there are a lot of them — which serve up flat and flimsy leather cutouts. This result is an unparalleled fit and support that you won’t get from sandals that cost you twenty bucks at the sporting goods store.
Tokyo Sandals don’t cut corners and they also aren’t afraid to experiment, using premium and rare materials like horsebutt and rabbit fur for some models. Like premium bootmakers and many glove makers, Tokyo Sandals uses soft and supple kip leather and pigskin to line its footwear for luxurious comfort. And each shoe is constructed with stitchdown construction, just like the best boots available, so you know they’ll last for a long time. That is, if you can get a hold of a pair — they’re only available in Japan. But if you know how to work your way through proxy services, you could get a pair for yourself.
Setta Sandal by Tokyo Sandal ~$353
Onsen Sandal by Tokyo Sandal ~$325
Double Monk Sandal by Tokyo Sandal ~$370
Waraji Sandal by Tokyo Sandal ~$463