Limited Re-Release


The rebirth of “The Shoe of Champions”, The Sharpman from Koyo Bear is returning for a 1000-pair limited edition run.

The world’s first table tennis shoe, designed by 12-time World Champion and table tennis legend, Ichiro Ogimura, this shoe defined the sport of table tennis throughout the 1960s and 1970s and was worn by champions all around the world.

Pictures shown are an original 1960s vintage model of The Sharpman.

JPY 28.800¥

Pre-order now

To mark the Japan Olympics 2020, this piece of Japanese sports history will be re-released for a limited, special edition run of 1000 pairs. These hand-made shoes will be individually numbered and come with a special carry bag. A copy of ‘OGI: The Life of Ichiro Ogimura’, a book on the shoe’s designer, will also be included.

Pre-ordering is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please order to wear. Deliveries will be made starting September 2020. We will send you personal and regular updates at each step of the production.


  • world’s first table tennis shoe
  • light and flexible japanese canvas
  • handmade in Fuchu, Japan
  • vulcanized not glued for long-lasting durability
  • limited to 1000 pairs
  • one order only per customer
  • shipping to Japan only


  • all-natural materials
  • 100% natural rubber sole
  • 100% Japanese canvas
  • Insole 100% natural rubber and Japanese cotton


Shoes tailored to your bespoke size. Please check our sizing instructions carefully.