You're not a boss until you own a pair of visvim FBTs. I think that's one of the 10 commandments of menswear blogging. Shit's like number 9—somewhere near the end there for sure. But don't forget about it because when you die and head to menswear blogger heaven, Hiroki is going to be at the pearly gates taking roll and if he sees that you never copped a pair your afterlife is a fucking rap, man.
That's why the gawd Lord Nakamura put on his professors hat and took it upon himself to write up a dissertation about the roots and evolution of the moccasin-inspired piece of footwear that his brand has become so well known for (hat tip to our ex over at GQ for this one). He breaks down the history where Native American tribes made the shoes to protect their feet during the harsh winters and, while many didn't have as durable a sole as the current iterations do with their hard rubber, they eventually grew into more solidified footwear for further protection against the elements. Even the superfluous flap around the ankle had a use: They could be flipped up to protect the wearer's ankle and, supposedly, the fringe on models like the Shaman may have helped cover the tracks of someone walking through muddy terrain. The sometimes ornate vamp on the top of the foot? Yeah, that offered tribes the possibility of 1.0 DIY customization with beads or other designs specific to them. Crafty!
Of course, as Hiroki founded visvim, he modified the design to suit the urban environment. The FBT (named after a pair of fire kicks on a Fun Boy Trio album cover) we know today wouldn't make the cut as a true moccasin, so to speak. He worked to make sure the shoe had a unique, but also versatile silhouette, which ushered in the removable ankle flap. But it also kept true to the original feel of a leather sole with a specific mixture of chemicals to replicate the support, while adding comfort. The original FBT made its first appearance more than TEN years ago and the newest models show the brand's tireless work to keep the shoe both modern and as historically accurate as possible.