The Japanese leather experts at Hender Scheme follow their ongoing adidas collaboration with another joint effort that fuses premium fabrication and familiar footwear. In partnership with the British shoemakers at Dr. Martens, Hender Scheme has prepared a duo of unique derby shoes, blurring the lines between heritage and contemporary leatherworking.
Both a classic 1461 and new HOMAGE model are on hand, each rife with lavish detail. The HOMAGE series is arguably Hender Scheme’s claim to fame, with past HOMAGE models that include faux Crocs and Converse Chuck Taylors garnering international appeal.
As such, the “Manual Industrial Products 21” is a lace-up shoe directly inspired by the Dr. Martens 1461. Crafted in Hender Scheme’s Japanese atelier, the shoe boasts a raw veg-tanned leather that will age and darken with wear. A stacked wooden sole and waxed leather laces reaffirm the inspiration, complete with a leather outsole engraved with the same verbiage (“THE ORIGINAL”) seen on the signature Dr. Martens rubber sole unit.
Meanwhile, the England-made 1461 is realized in its usual full grain leather, rendered in black for a timeless touch. Though Dr. Martens’ famous yellow stitching and slip-resistant rubber outsole are intact, the shoes sport a variety of clever upgrades. Most notably, a removable leather kiltie adorns the laces, offered in black and veg-tanned leather to match the cotton and leather laces. Elsewhere strip of raw leather graces the heel, with gold Hender Scheme branding on the tongue reaffirming the collaborative nature.
Hender Scheme’s site currently offers a Japanese raffle and closer look at the shoes, with winners set to be announced on September 28 — the same day that the collaborative items will see international release. The black Dr. Martens 1461 is priced at ¥50,000 JPY (Approximately $470 USD) and the Manual Industrial Products 21 weighs in at ¥58,000 JPY (approximately $540 USD), though Western retail may differ.