Originally Posted by nutcracker
Originally Posted by bozzkeren
thanks for your reply, wow i didn't expect the lead time for MTO takes up to 3-4months depending the maker.
How about Saion MTO? does they take that kind of time too? i thought in my mind i could have them finished in 1 week
Does Spigola / il Quadrifoglio have RTW line? In your opinion what is the best japanese RTW you can get under 75K yen?
i like the Corno blu offering, do you know another artisan that make italian style japanese RTW?
sorry for the dozen question
Yeah some makers take 3 months or longer for MTO shoes, but you can have them shipped.Saion
MTO takes only 2 months to complete, but they require a fitting session so I didn't list it on the previous post.
Unfortunately, Spigola and IQ don't offer a RTW line.
For Japanese RTW shoes under ¥75K, Miyagi Kogyo
, Central Shoes
, and Corno Blu
are my favorites, but you may want to check out other RTW brands too.
Other than Corno Blu, Perfetto
makes fine Italian styled RTW shoes. Madras is another one (but they only blake constructed shoes)Hiroki Imai
used to do RTW, but I think they only do MTO nowadays.
This is from memory so may not be wholly accurate, but my Miyagi Kogyo MTO
took 1 week less than the minimum quoted time. If I remember correctly it took 5 weeks, they quoted 6 weeks as normal, but for me it was 6 to 8 weeks because it was just before a holiday period, Golden Week or Obon can't remember, but they were done in 5 weeks. These are not up to the standard of some of the beauties in this thread but they are well constructed and there is a wide variety of style choices maybe 30 or more basic styles that can be modified by mixing and matching leathers, stitching etc. They have 3 different lasts; chisel, and round toe, and one that seems reminiscent of the Alden modified last. (I think nutcracker san mentioned this last in this thread) There is also quite a large selection of leathers (some European some Japanese), soles, linings, stitching etc. I believe they will do exotics and cordovan on request for an additional fee.
I'm thinking of getting a pair of plain toe derbies in Japanese cordovan on their MD last, (Alden modified) (not shown on the English webpage) although I have not seen an example in real life yet. Again not the usual fare for this page but they do have a wide selection of styles that should appeal to many people. In the high 30,000 to mid 40,000 yen range I think they are an excellent buy.
These pictures are all 2E, so if you have a medium or narrow foot they will be sleeker.
Round (ES) last
Chisel (CS) last
And the one I'm considering