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Spigola currently has a wait time of 9 months~. I think that is quite reasonable, considering he probably gets more orders than any other Japanese shoemaker. That is quite an improvement from a 2yr plus wait time that he used to ask for (so I`ve heard).The workshop currently includes himself, his brother Etsuo (a permanent member), and an apprentice (changes every now and then). His father, a talented patterner in his own right, also lends his help (aside from his own...
Congrats! Would love to hear how the order goes!!While the 14000 HKD / 1800 USD for a Spigola MTO seems excessive, 24000 HKD / 3000 USD for a Spigola Bespoke is very reasonable. In fact, that is a whole lot less than what we pay at their Tokyo trunk show at United Arrows (400K JPY / 3900 USD).
Yes, I`ve met Shirahama Bottier last year in Tokyo. Having apprenticed at Spigola and Altan (Paris), he offers a style that I think a lot of connoisseurs may find very pleasing. Like many of the better Japanese makers, Shirahama-san`s attention to detail is tremendous.Here are some of the pics I took from my meeting with him.http://www.styleforum.net/t/343005/japanese-shoes-bespoke-rtw-super-thread/1260#post_6447718on a separate note: Nakamura Tatsuya, Creative Director...
Yamamura-san also apprenticed under a local shoemaker for 7 years before he set up his own atelier / shoe repair shop.The island of Kyushu seems to be blessed with a number of talented shoemakers. Others include Yuki Shirahama, Yutaka Seikaku (Corno Blu) and Matsuda Akinobu (both who apprenticed under Roberto Ugolini). Shoji Kawaguchi (Marquess) also hails from Kyushu (though now in Tokyo)
Wow! Not sure if Wada-san knows PG, but that post has tons of `like`s!! Those hilo boots are not green btw. They are made from burgundy cordovan.
gentille&79 (Koji Endo Bottier) Another textured beauty made from the unusual Kurozan leather (urushi lacquered leather) gentille&79 FB
I couldn`t have said it better
thanks!Who`s the best 3 shoemakers? I don`t feel qualified to answer that (especially not having tried them), but I `m sure a good argument can be made for a number of fine Japanese shoemakers.If we`re talking about a popularity contest (who`s most recognised / talked / written about), I suppose the winners are Il Micio (Hidetaka Fukaya), Spigola and Yohei Fukuda? I could be wrong.I`ve heard Fukuda`s wait list is over 2 years right now.
Very nice! Thanks for the link!!The article says Suzuki-san will be in NYC soon to take orders! (presumably via The Armoury)
Miyagi Kogyo MTO shoes are sold through selected retailers (MK don`t sell shoes directly), and most if not all of them should be able to accommodate metal toe taps.Metal toe taps would keep your toes from wearing down, probably saves a trip or two to the cobbler before your soles require full recraft.
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