Ecol Karato Shimonoseki city

business hours: 10:00~17:00 closed: every Wednesday

Ecol’s Encouragement for good walking

Our bodies are not bilaterally symmetrical, and legs of different lengths cause unstable walking patterns. Thus, as age sets in, knee and hip problems increase as bone density decreases. Previously, in the sports and health shoe industries, there was almost no understanding of these simple facts. Now, fortunately, things are changing for the better.

Ecol has been authorized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to produce shoes for healthy walking. Rather than being a simply commercial enterprise, Ecol’s main ethos is to improve the health and quality of life of their customers. Their “seismic isolated insole” is 10-20mm thick and inspired by the quake-absorbing materials used in this geologically stricken country.

These insoles absorb the normal impacts the body suffers daily while walking, thus alleviating the strain on your knees and hips. On top of that, it makes use of muscles that you do not normally use, helping to increase your physical activity and exercise.

Similar to earthquake-proof constructions, the human body has a flexible structure with a hard skeleton and cartilage to withstand shocks. With Ecol’s shoes, the skeleton has an absorbent base to underpin the structure. The net result: a well-balanced posture, and a healthy, stable gait. Elderly people can reduce the risk of falling over and developing further bone problems.

These shoes are made in Japan and available in US sizes 4-12.


Shinobu KIMURA.M.D.,Ph.D.'s voice about Ecol shoes.


Store manager Jyunko Kaneda


・nursing profession
・care manager
・Pediglass Technology