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Front Runners November 2015: Sneaks Peek

Sneaker enthusiasts and sartorially inclined gentlemen alike are buzzing about the Tokyo-based footwear company Hender Scheme (henderscheme.com). Founder Ryo Kashiwazaki’s distinctive designs (high-tops shown, $1,105) marry artisanship with modern street style. “Hender Scheme actually imposes order maximums per season to control volume and allow their craftsmen enough time to hand assemble the shoes,” says Jesse Hudnutt, men’s buying director for Opening Ceremony (openingceremony.us), which sells the shoes. “Our customers have an eye for unique, hard-to-find products, and love that each pair of Hender Scheme shoes feels special and of the utmost quality.” The brand’s Homage collection is made from vegetable-tanned cowhide that is hand-stitched in an atelier in Asakusa, a Tokyo district known for its traditional leather factories.

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