For his Fall/Winter 2016 men’s collection, Junya Watanabe presented his first collaborative shoe with the german manufacturer Heinrich Dinkelacker.

Founded in 1879, shoemaker Heinrich Dinkelacker manufactures premium handmade men’s shoes from their factory in Budapest, Hungary. From their selection of leathers to their precision in sewing, their shoes are made with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Depending on the model, 300 manual working steps are necessary to construct a Heinrich Dinkelacker shoe.

For this first collaboration, Watanabe chose an existing shape and to maintain Heinrich Dinkelacker’s signature nailed sole. He then made a selection of brown and black leathers for the uppers. The result is what Watanabe refers to as “perfect shoe” – the first of what will undoubtedly be a long and special partnership.