About Raku

RAKU means comfortable and joy in Japanese.
We think shoes are a kind of tool to enrich one's life.
We try to make robust and walkable shoes that excite the heart.
Our shoes are made with high quality vegetable tanned leather and natural material.
Production of each shoe is done with great respect to its material and the earth.
It makes us happy if RAKU's creations become part of your comfortable life and bring a little bit of joy.

RAKUについて。
私たちは靴は、生活を豊かにするための道具と考えます。
歩きやすい事、堅牢である事、そして履くとわくわくするような靴作りを心がけています。
上質な植物タンニンの皮、天然素材を使うことで地球への敬意を込めて。
一つ一つの行程を心を込めて作っています。
快適な生活の一部となり、少しの楽しみを感じていただけたら幸せです。

Our History

I am Miki Nagamine, the founder of RAKU.
From 1998 I started to learn to make leather shoes at Moge Workshop in Tokyo.
For several years I had made shoes for order, taught at a mocassin school, and worked as an advisor of products for 45rpm.
After I decided to move to Mexico to realize my style of shoes.
The following history is of my own but not alone, there was always someone helping me.
Until now RAKU has grown.
We will go slow but steadily. Thank you.

2005 First exhibition
At Santa Rosa in Tokyo
Special thanks to Michihiko
We exhibited sandals, Maya model, Gandhi model, and NASKA (still in production).
2008 Second exhibition
At Casa Bluse in San Cristóbal de las Casas, México
Special thanks to Soh
To show gratitude, I wanted to exhibit shoes in Mexico before they went on display in Japan.
We made several models with one material and one color.
This exhibition was done in joint with tane (Tamaki Hanzawa) and gomi (Victor).
2008 Third exhibition
At Pao in Tokyo
Special thanks to Soh
This was the first exhibition after I moved to Mexico.
We displayed the same shoes at the second exhibition held in Mexico.
The exhibition was done in joint with tane (Tamaki Hanzawa) and gomi (Victor).
2009 Fourth exhibition
At Pao in Tokyo
Special thanks to Soh and Michihiko
This time we had more option of leather and color.
It was a little bit harder than the other exhibitions with my first baby.
The exhibition was done in joint with tane (Tamaki Hanzawa).
2010 Fifth exhibition
At Pao in Tokyo
Special thanks to Soh
We displayed current models MAKAK, CHAPA, and MACHAPA.
It was also the first exhibition of U2K (unika) which is a Mexican clothes project with Tamaki Hanzawa.
This exhibition was done in joint with tane (Tamaki Hanzawa) and U2K.
2010 Sixth exhibition
At mog in Mexico City, Mexico
This was the first exhibition held in Mexico City.
We displayed the same models as the fifth exhibition.
2011 Seventh exhibition
At Romita in Mexico City, Mexico
Special thanks to Soh
We displayed a current model BOLI TENNIS for the first time and also some other models with textiles.

Collection

Sizing

RAKU's shoes are width EE. The wood pattern should be a bit longer than the actual foot length.
The chart below indicates the foot length, foot width, and length of the wood pattern.
Please refer to our measuring method when selecting your shoes.
If your foot width is smaller than the shoe, look at the length of the wood pattern. When the length of the wood pattern is minimum 5mm larger than your actual foot length, it is possible to choose a size smaller.
If your foot width is larger than the shoe, it is possible to either choose a size larger that fits your foot width or we could adjust the size.
(Depending on the model, it is alright to choose a size larger from 5mm to 1cm. Please ask us.)

RAKUの靴は足囲EEです。実際の足長よりも木型は、遊びと呼ばれる部分があるので少し長めです。
下記の表は、モデルごとに、足長と、足囲、木型の長さを見ていただくものです。
靴をお選びいただく際,計測方法を参考に計測していただき、
例えば、足囲が靴よりも細い場合は、木型の長さを見ていただいて最低5mmの余裕を見てワンサイズ小さめのサイズを選んでいただく事も可能です。
(それでも合うサイズがない場合は現在サイズ調整できかねます)
足囲が大きい場合は、足囲の合う大きめのサイズを選んでいただくか
(モデルによって、5mmから1cm大きいサイズを選んでも問題有りません。相談してください)、もしくは、時間は10日ほどかかりますが、サイズ調整をこちらでさせていただきます。

WOMEN

US SIZE EUR SIZE UK SIZE JAPAN SIZE MEXICO SIZE FOOT LENGTH (cm) WIDTH (cm) INSTEP (cm)
5 34 3 22 2 21.6-22.0 21.6 22.1
5.5 35 3.5 22.5 2.5 22.1-22.5 21.9 22.4
6 36 4 23 3 22.6-23.0 22.2 22.7
6.5 37 4.5 23.5 3.5 23.1-23.5 22.5 23.0
7 38 5 24 4 23.6-24.0 22.8 23.3
7.5 39 5.5 24.5 4.5 24.1-24.5 23.1 23.6
8 40 6 25 5 24.6-25.0 23.4 23.9
8.5 41 6.5 25.5 5.5 25.1-25.5 23.7 24.2
9 42 7 26 6 25.6-26.0 24.0 24.5

MEN

US SIZE EUR SIZE UK SIZE JAPAN SIZE MEXICO SIZE FOOT LENGTH (cm) WIDTH (cm) INSTEP (cm)
7.5 41 7 25.5 5.5 25.1-25.5 25.2 23.6
8 42 7.5 26 6 25.6-26.0 25.5 23.9
8.5 43 8 26.5 6.5 26.1-26.5 25.8 24.2
9 44 8.5 27 7 26.5-27.0 26.1 26.6
9.5 45 9 27.5 7.5 27.1-27.5 26.4 26.9
10 46 9.5 28 8 27.6-28.0 26.7 27.2
10.5 47 10 28.5 8.5 28.1-28.5 27.0 27.5
11 48 10.5 29 9 28.6-29.0 27.3 27.8

How to choose your shoe size

  1. 1.On a sheet of copy paper or something thicker, draw a straight vertical line.
  2. 2.Stand with the middle of your heel and the center of your index finger placed right above that line. Then, trace around the foot. Make sure that the pen/pencil is used at a 90 degree angle to the sheet of paper. Measure the length from the heel to the toe. (A: foot length)
  3. 3.Still standing, measure the circuit passing through the base of the thumb to the base of the pinky finger. (B: foot width)
  4. 4.Measure the circuit passing through the highest point of your instep to the arch of the foot. (C: instep height)

Check sizes A, B, and C with RAKU's wood pattern size chart.
If the size difference of your foot width (B) and your instep height (C) is within 1 centimeter, RAKU's size chart should fit your shoe size.
If you have difficulty finding the right size of shoes, problems concerning foot pain, or have doubts about your shoe size, please contact us via e-mail. (contact personnel: Miki Nagamine) rakuzapatos@gmail.com

RAKUの靴のサイズを選ぶ

  1. ① コピー用紙,またはもう少し厚めの紙にタテにまっすぐ線を引きます。
  2. ② かかとの真ん中と、人差し指の真ん中が線の上にくるように立ち、足の周りをトレースしてください。鉛筆・ペンは、紙に対して90度になるよう注意してください。かかとから、つま先までの長さを測ってください。(A:足の長さ)
  3. ③ 立ったまま足の親指の付け根から小指の付け根を通って、グルッと一周測ります。(B:足の幅)
  4. ④ 足の甲の一番高いところから、土踏まずを通って、ぐるっと一周測ります。(C:甲の高さ)

A、B、Cのサイズを、RAKUの木型のサイズ表に照らし合わせてみてください。B:足の幅と、C:甲の高さが、±1cm以内であれば、表に当てはまったサイズで大丈夫です。
合う靴があまりない、足に痛みを伴う問題が有る、または、選んだサイズが、合っているのか心配な方は、メールでご相談ください。担当:永峰美樹 info@rakuzapatos.com

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