Originally Posted by MrGatzby
First post and only just got acquainted with the forum so my apologies if this topic had been covered before -- still feeling my way around.
I am looking at buying some shoes when I visit Japan next week. Any shops to recommend me?
There was a previous thread that mentioned:
1. Guild of crafts
2. Works on the Knees
5. Otsuka M-5
6. Regal of Tokyo
And some more..... However those few links don't seem to work very well. And I'm trying to check around with forum members if there are any cool shoe shops that I can visit and perhaps pick up some ready-to-wear shoes.
Thanks in advance!
There are about 30 or so notable bespoke shoemakers located in Tokyo alone. Unless you're planning to return for test fitting or two, Guild, Works on Knee (Hiro Yanagimachi) wont work out. Spigola is located in Kobe and Kokon is located in Kanazawa.
For higher end Japanese RTW brands, Otsuka has a spanking new store at the Roppongi Hills, offers a wide range of RTW shoes. the World Footwear Gallery at Harajuku offers some really nice shoes by Miyagi Kogyo and Central.
You're best bet is Isetan Mens. They are starting a storewide clearance sale starting this friday (will be very crowded). If you specifically want Japanese brands, Isetan will have Sanyo Yamacho, Regal, Union Imperial, Corno Blu, Otsuka (including their high end RTW handsewn welted models), Scotch Grain, and Perfetto on 30% sale. My pick among them is Corno Blu.
If you're lucky, you might also find some JL, EG, Bemer, Vass, or Lattanzi on sale in your size, or even some Crocket Jones in 367 last (Japan only) might be on sale.