All Your Favorite Canvas Sneakers Are Better When They’re Made In Japan

Regiment Store on Legazpi Street just received a Doek restock.
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Every man needs a pair of reliable canvas sneakers in his footwear rotation. Whether it’s a pair of Chucks, Vans, Supergas, or whatever else, all your other shoes deserve a workhorse pair of beat-’em-ups that will give them a break on most days of the week.

But that doesn’t mean that your designated beaters have to be any less stylish (of course not), or well-made (it’s possible). Case in point: the sneakers by Japanese brand Doek, which are all made with incredible quality, almost only by virtue of being made in Japan. They look great, and are handmade in Kurume using specially-dyed kasuri fabric that looks better with age and wear.

You’ll notice too that these are familiar silhouettes. The Doek Oxford is a classic plimsoll like the Vans Authentics, the Doek Court is a tennis shoe like the Converse Jack Purcells, the Doek Basket is a basketball shoe like the Converse Chuck Taylors, and the Doek Slip-ons are… well, slip-ons. They’re not new in that regard, but all are classics made better. Have a look into the process:

But one of the best things about these sneakers is that they’re available here in Metro Manila—without the extra hassles and costs of shipping rare Japanese sneakers from abroad. Regiment in Makati has carried them for a while, but recently received a restock of a full size run from US Men’s 4 to US Men’s 11 (with no half-sizes). The store has also stocked up on more colorways: The Oxfords are available in ecru, indigo, and a water-repellent khaki; the Courts are available in ecru, indigo, and black; the Baskets are available in ecru and indigo; and the Slip-ons are available in ecru, indigo, and red. All will set you back P8,500, which to be honest, is a fair price to pay for a pair of Japanese sneakers.


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Visit Regiment at the Windsor Tower, Legazpi Street, Makati.

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