Thanks for a great post, Nutcracker!
Here's a great video for anyone who wants to see Fujimotosan in action:
He doesn't appear until the last half of the video or so.
Great stuff all around!
That is remarkable. This thread has the highest concentration of exceptional things on SF.
A question, though: I can see why the "lazyman" style is popular in Japan, given the convention of removing one's shoes indoors. I like the way the small panels across the elasticated gusset disguise it. But it occurs to me that after all the wonderful work and the significant investment in having these shoes made bespoke, that elastic is a seriously weak link - literally. At some point it's going to sag and wrinkle, and be very difficult to replace with re-stitching all those little panels. Is is even possible? And how?
I really love this style of shoe, and have a similar practical reason for interest in formal-looking slip-ons. But I'm worried about how they will last. Educate me!
That's where I work (Meiji University), you should have dropped me a line...
Yes, it's easily the best thread on SF right now.