I had a chance to meet shoemaker Yuki Shirahama at his Tokyo trunk show over the weekend. Based in Fukuoka, Shirahama bottier is a relative newcomer to the bespoke scene (established 3 years ago), yet he already has a reputation for making some of the most exquisite shoes in Japan. An alumnus of Guild's shoemaking academy (Misawa-san from MISAWA & WORKSHOP is his classmate), and a former protege of Koji Suzuki (Spigola), he continued his training in Paris, at Altan Bottier. Having trained under Japanese / English / Italian / French shoemaking traditions, Shirahama-san is undoubtedly a versatile shoemaker. Yet it may be his ability to fuse the various influences, and to execute them in such high standard (the attention to detail & finish is simply superb), that makes him a rare and an extraordinary breed.
The bottier's shoes are available for bespoke only, and are available direct from his Fukuoka studio, or through his trunk shows in Tokyo and Osaka. Price for the first pair is ¥294,000 yen, with a lead time of 6 months.
The Shirahama silhouette
Full brogue adelaides with a patinated finish. Has a different kind of charm vs English brogues
A robust sole with a classic French proportion (and a big heel).
A pair of black chisel toes.
The profile looks infinitely sleek
The bottier's soles are among the prettiest I've seen.
We've seen this pair on the thread before. The heel is actually 1.3in tall
Fiddlebacks in black
A pair of navy semi-brogues. Looking sharp and ready for delivery.
Rubber soles done right
If you happen to need authentic French riding boots (or sandals), he got you covered
Mr. Yuki Shirahama
Many thanks to Shirahama-san for his time!
Yuki Shirahama Bottier