New brand alert! | Introducing Tabito

Joining the OD family for 2023 is a footwear brand that is at the forefront of infusing Japanese tradition with modern aesthetics, coupled with a sustainable approach to their construction. Founded in 2019, Tabito is a young brand still finding its feet in the wider world of sneaker fashion. Standing out in a saturated market is no easy task, but the ambitious folks at Tabito have already made in-roads to design, and create a range of products that bridge the gap between unique aesthetics and construction.

The foundations for the brand lie in their Okayama-based factory, that have been producing high-quality sneakers for athletes since the early 1960s. In the lead up to the brand's inception, Tabito's lead designer, Teruyoshi Ochi spend months training at the factory in order to gain first hand experience with the various unique construction elements of the sneakers he had dreamt up.

Tabito's sneakers are inspired by training shoes worn by the German military in the late 1980s and early 90s. Offering both high and low-cut options, each model features the iconic Japanese tabi toe box with a number of modern aspects added to bring them into the 21st century. 

The low-cut "Rebirth" sneakers are Tabito's latest addition to their lineup, which showcases their knack for reusing waste products in a tasteful manner. The textured upper fabric panels of the sneakers are created from recycled airbags, sourced directly from car scrap yards in Japan.

Airbag photos courtesy of Tabito

Washed and dyed at their factory, the fabric offers a beautiful texture while remaining breathable and durable. Each panel must be hand cut and stitched by the skilled factory workers, further reducing waste and guaranteeing a robust upper. 

The high-cut "Brace" sneakers are made from domestically sourced steerhide leather, accented with velor panels to give the sneakers a luxurious look and feel. A unique design aspect of these sneakers is the metal zipper opening on the side of the shoe, further elevating aesthetics and functionality.

The Tabito launch collection drops on 8/17 @ Midnight (JST)