Wildling’s cool, cheeky look was inspired by Japanese jika-tabi boots, in which you walk like a ninja on soft, quiet soles.
In our last spring collection we added a new model that was inspired by Japan in more than just design.
The racoon dog - half racoon, half dog
“Tanuki” (Japanese for raccoon dog) - that’s the name we gave this Wildling. The face of a raccoon dog resembles that of a raccoon, but in fact it belongs to the canine family. Originally from East Asia, this nocturnal fellow made its way via many stops to Germany, where it became the only “real” dog that hibernates through the winter.
And it’s also a romantic: Once a tanuki has found its partner, they stick together for life. Their 6-10 cubs are raised in deserted fox or badger dens. It goes without saying that we needed to add a Tanuki to the Wildling pack, doesn’t it? It’s a really special Wildling on so many levels.
Racoon Dog (Quelle: pixabay)
A shoe made almost entirely of paper
About 1.5 years ago, we contacted a Japanese company that had invented a fascinating fabric made from washi (paper). One day later we received their response - only to realize that it wasn’t actually a reply to our email. They had contacted us literally at the same time, convinced that their materials would complement our Wildling concept perfectly. And yes, they do!
Due to its special characteristics, paper has numerous uses. For centuries, people in Japan used sliding doors covered with washi (“Shoji”) to regulate room temperature. Washi is extremely durable, but rots away quickly once buried underground - then it dissolves within the shortest time. Remember: Always store your Tanukis above ground ;)
Paper has an insulating effect, even when wet. It’s strong, tear-resistant and develops low friction heat, thus helping to avoid blisters. Micro-organisms that develop inside the porous structure have natural anti-bacterial characteristics and alleviate odours.
On the left you can see the paper cut into thin strips, which then are spun into thin threads (on the right).The inventor of the fabric found an innovative method to weave this yarn into the washi cloth that covers your feet this spring.
Being a featherweight, the Tanuki is barely noticeable on your feet, while the washi brings you into direct contact with nature around you. Air, water, the stroking of soft blades of grass - all of these leave an instant impression on your skin.
Another special thing about washi is that the fabric dries quickly - leaving your skin warm and comfortable just a short time after enjoying some fun in the water.
A little miracle, this Tanuki - implementing the Wildling concept to the fullest.
Run Wild! Anna, Ran and Team Wildling