Originally Posted by daizawaguy
Nutcracker, I've been reading and made a small pictorial contribution, to this thread and have to thank you for the great work! Is there a short list of the shoe makers and their locations so I could plan a visit? I don't want to get you out of your way with anything formal, but a few of the major ones would be appreciated. Thanks!
Yeah its great to have a fellow Tokyo resident here on the thread! Thanks for your kind words!
I looked up the address for the following shoemakers who I think you will have fun visiting. They each have a showroom /workshop with sizable collection of sample bespokes to show. You can also find more info on their websites (you can find them on the 1st post). Most of them require an appointment for a visit.
Chuo-ku Ginza 1-27-12 Ginza Watanabe Building 2F
Guild of Crafts Ginza
Chuo-ku Ginza 1-3-3 Toa Building 1F
Shibuya-ku Sendagaya 2-6-1 Estoriru 93 2F
Sumida-ku Higashi Komagata 4-16-5 Kurihara Building 1F
Minato-ku Kita Aoyama 2-12-27
Other Tokyo based shoemakers, such as Marquess, Emori, or TYE, don`t have showrooms or sizable stock of samples to show (but you can contact them to see their workshop).
edit: End of the month is usually crunch time for shoemakers, so I would avoid visiting them during the period.Edited by nutcracker - 8/22/13 at 7:51pm