A Visit to Emori Custom Shoemaker
Shoemaker Taizo Emori
can make you a pair of bespoke shoes for ¥150K yen flat. Yes that costs less than most MTO shoes or even some high end RTW shoes. Yet make no mistake, these are not some watered down pseudo-bespoke shoes. By policy, Emori doesn't keep a collection of sample shoes, since all orders are made from scratch. Working alone from his atelier (that was converted from his late grandfather's medical clinic), he puts an incredible amount of effort into each pair (with an output of 3 pairs a month max). Aside from a few examples made years ago (posted below), I wasn't able to see much of completed works. Luckily, Emori-san's old (or should I say retro?) atelier was an absolute charm to be in (and to photograph), and he was a delight to converse with (he really is a funny guy).
I think the pictures came out great. Enjoy!
The atelier space was converted from a clinic of his grandfather, a family physician.
Trial shoes and lasts
Don't worry: the building survived the big earthquake from a couple of years ago.
Navy cordovan by Shinki Hikaku.
Shrunken baby calf in bordeaux.
Tools of the trade. Japanese natural whetstones.
Mr. Taizo Emori.Emori Custom Shoemaker website
tel. fax 03-3771-6603
firstname.lastname@example.orgEdited by nutcracker - 9/21/13 at 2:05pm