Brand Partner

Martina Umemura founded Umemura Martina Kesennuma FS Atelier Co., Ltd. in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, to help earthquake-affected residents regain independence through knitting. She aims to spread the joy of wool-based crafts, connecting personal happiness to the broader regeneration of the Tohoku region.

KFS Sneaker

The Pattern

Always wanted to make your own sneakers with your favorite wools? Now it’s possible. For image training watch this YouTube clip. And have fun!

Sources of Supply

Tutorial, Soles and Yarn are available here:

The Designer

After moving to Japan, Martina Umemura transitioned from medical studies to teaching and philanthropy. She first visited Kesennuma in 2011 and founded Umemura Martina Kesennuma FS Atelier in 2012, specializing in wool and knitwear. Today, she serves as the company’s managing director.

Join her on Instagram this October as she guides you through her creative process, showcasing this model in stories and posts.

Fancy some KFS Sneakers?

Get your materials pack and get started:

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We want to share your great Botties with the instagram community: @originalbotties and @kfs_atelier



You don’t use Instagram but still want to share your Botties with the world? Send us your images to along with your consent for us to post them on our channels.

You would like to participate in the Botties Bash, but have your own ideas for homemade Botties? No problem, there are no restrictions. Get creative and surprise the community!

You can’t attend the digital party in October? That’s a pity, but even after that you can still post your pictures and tag us! We will be happy to share your creations!