Yuks Type 1, a low-cut profiled timeless design, bringing together the pliant comfort of the true-moccasin constructed shoe and the simple aestheticism of the iconic 1960’s Wallabee shoes. The shoe last used on this style is from the original wallabee shoes of the 1960s, which we happened to discover during our folk-art travel. These shoes were designed and crafted under a concept of linking to the careful craftsmanship of the good old days with nostalgic look and feel.
Each pair is entirely hand-cut and hand-constructed from select cuts of soft and silky full-grain flesh-out (reversed) leather from Opera leather from Tuscany, Italy who have been specialized in making flesh-out leather and suede since the 70s. Each piece of the leather is hand-selected and hand-lasted one by one to make sure that only a good part of the skin is used and to make use of the material. The leather is described as ‘flesh-out’ as it is full-grain leather that is flipped so that the flesh side of the leather faces outwards. The advantages of using full grain, flesh-out leather rather than split suede are two fold; full grain leathers retain their structure, thickness and durability for long-lasting strength and the smooth grain side of the leather wears pleasantly against the skin, negating the need for additional liners. This way, the wearer enjoys the benefits of full grain leather and the pleasant aesthetic of the nappy, suede-like flesh side of the leather.
Full vegetable-tanned leather insoles and leather tucks with steel shank reinforcements increase fitting in the arch and heel as well as lessen foot fatigue by forming a stable bridge between the heel and ball of the owner's foot which causes weight to be distributed more evenly across the foot. This results in reduced foot fatigue and improved comfort.
The traditional natural rubber crepe sole provides superb shock absorption and an incredibly soft and slip-resistant tread, ensuring sublime comfort for the wearer.
WARNING: It is important to avoid contact with any petroleum based products as this may cause the natural crepe outsole to dissolve.
Founded in 1985, each Yuketen article begins with utmost thought and research and is constructed solely by aged hands of high-skill and years of experience.
Yuketen’s meticulous quality and artistic aesthetic is a testimony to the passion of these skilled and dedicated hands.
Careful consideration is invested in selecting all components and raw materials for Yuketen articles - such as buttery and supple oiled leathers tanned in America, smooth and silky full-grain flesh-out leather and suede tanned in Toscana, Italy, vegetable-tanned leathers that is tanned in Mexico using only natural energy and resources by primitive and traditional method - are instrumental to ensure product longevity and durability.
The final touches that complete a Yuketen product are the lifework of the owner; folds, creases, scuffs, and scratches from hard wearing, fingerprints, footprints, or the shiny patina from constant contact with one’s skin. These physical rewards exist permanently as traces of reliable service in the line of duty.
Yuketen pride is derived from the knowledge that our footwear and luggage are the envy of every man and woman with a spirit of adventure.
May you enjoy the products of our labor wherever your journey takes you.