Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hitoshi Kawahara; hereinafter “Kuraray” or the “Company”) hereby announces that the “Clove Sneaker,” a brand of shoes made using Kuraray produced and marketed CLARINO man-made leather, for use by medical professionals, was named one of THE BEST INVENTIONS OF 2021 by TIME magazine.

THE BEST INVENTIONS selection program is sponsored by TIME magazine to draw public attention to revolutionary inventions via the annual selection of 100 items in light of their ingeniousness, creativity, influence and other perspectives. Clove Brand, Inc., founded in 2019, developed the “Clove Sneaker” with the participation of its founder Mr. Joe Ammon himself, designing a shoe that heeded the input of those working on the healthcare frontlines.

Our CLARINO man-made leather, the material chosen for the creation of the “Clove Sneaker,” is known for its durability as well as a distinctive softness to the touch and, thanks to its surface finishing, it closely resembles natural leather in appearance. Moreover, CLARINO is easy to care for while boasting superior chemical resistance. Thanks to these features, CLARINO has a garnered solid reputation as a material ideally suited to shoes worn by medical practitioners whose profession often requires standing for long hours.

The article of “Clove Sneaker” by TIME magazine is accessible via the link below.

The list of 100 outstanding inventions chosen by TIME magazine is accessible via the link below.


CLARINO is the world’s first man-made leather and was developed by Kuraray in 1964. Through the power of chemistry, the Company created a product that resembles natural leather in its structure and properties and has gone on to deliver a long-selling brand of man-made leather equipped with both natural texture and superior functionality. In addition to boasting an exquisite outward appearance, lighter weight, elasticity, water resistance and other distinctive properties, CLARINO is easy to care for. Due to these features, it is used in a wide-range of applications, including schoolbags, shoes, gloves, clothing and interiors.