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post #316 of 2535
Thank you for the link, nutcracker! I really was blown away by the shapes Okuyama has sculpted on the monk pair pictured with the interview, as well as the wholecut model I placed after the last chapter. The lands of the rising sun also house plenty of rising cordwaining talent. Asia will rise.
post #317 of 2535
Thank you for the link, nutcracker! I really was blown away by the shapes Okuyama has sculpted on the monk pair pictured with the interview, as well as the wholecut model I placed after the last chapter. The lands of the rising sun also house plenty of rising cordwaining talent. Asia will rise.
post #318 of 2535
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A bigger photo biggrin.gif

Yes sir!!! Thank you Nutcracker.
post #319 of 2535
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Thank you for the link, nutcracker! I really was blown away by the shapes Okuyama has sculpted on the monk pair pictured with the interview, as well as the wholecut model I placed after the last chapter. The lands of the rising sun also house plenty of rising cordwaining talent. Asia will rise.

Yes the monk strap was the first one to catch my eye too! Really nice

Of all the Japanese shoemakers, Okuyama-san seems to be among the few that has the total package. His craft is spectacular, but he also knows how to present/market himself very well (in English, and in Chinese?). And then he also has a roster of international clientele for being in Hong Kong. Quite surprised that he went straight to Hong Kong to start his practice (instead of Japan), but looks like it worked out for him smile.gif

I remember a SF member showed several of his Okuyama shoes on the Hardcore Porn thread.....
post #320 of 2535
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Another show coming up this weekend

Yuki Shirahama Bottier is having a trunk show @ Mitsukoshi Isetan Department store in Osaka from 4/27~4/28.

Isetan is the Barney's, Neiman, and Saks of Japan, so it is huge for craftsman of any discipline to get their attention/support. This is great news for Shirahama Bottier.

Members living or visiting in Osaka should go check out what this guy is all about! or maybe even order smile.gif

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from allabout.co.jp
post #321 of 2535
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MTO Shoes Order Experience

An article from MEN'S EX World of High-end Shoes Vol.5

This article features actual order experiences from 4 different shoemakers (Guild/Hall&Marks, Spigola, Saion, Otsuka)
While each maker calls it slightly different (Semi-order, Semi-Bespoke etc...), they are all essentially MTO shoes.
Interesting to see how the various foot shapes are dealt with.
Saion's shoes for a guy with a short, wide feet looks quite fascinating.

open the LINK (not the image) in a new window/tab for higher resolution. Enjoy!





post #322 of 2535
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Spigola MTO.   Sorry for my poor photographic technique.

I agree that they have nice collection of leather with texture.






very very nice!

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Guild of Crafts MTO.  This pair was bought in 2006/7, back then their shoe trees were normal 3 pieces one.

After couple of years, it became a bit loose.  It is partly because my preference change, but I think they tend to make shoes slightly roomier.


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Is that Guild's Rusty?

I don't own a pair of Guild, but I've handled them quite a bit. Although the styling looks quite iffy on photos, I found their shoes quite palatable in person. My biggest impression was that these shoes were made very very well.

btw they still have wooden trees. Their infamous leather shoe trees are optional, I think.

 

It is Bernes for MTO line.  Bernes is 3 eyelet while Rusty is 2 eyelet and square toe.  Good to know that they keep wooden trees. 

 

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Those Spigola grained split toes are jizz worthy nice job!

 

Thanks. I have not yet really worn them yet.  I usually do not mind damages to the shoes because shoe are to be worn anyway, but about this one I am still hesitating.

post #323 of 2535
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It is Bernes for MTO line.  Bernes is 3 eyelet while Rusty is 2 eyelet and square toe.  Good to know that they keep wooden trees. 

Great shoes!

btw here are the (in)famous leather shoe trees from Guild. They are rigid (not sure how they stiffened them), and weighs like nothing. Each pair are custom made from the owner's last, and they seem to be capable of putting enough pressure to stretch out the creases.

These are what I would like to call true 'lasted' shoe tress! Very very cool



Guild applied a patent for these.
post #324 of 2535
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Great shoes!

btw here are the (in)famous leather shoe trees from Guild. They are rigid (not sure how they stiffened them), and weighs like nothing. Each pair are custom made from the owner's last, and they seem to be capable of putting enough pressure to stretch out the creases.

These are what I would like to call true 'lasted' shoe tress! Very very cool


Guild applied a patent for these.

 

Looks like it is flexible or is it totally rigid?

post #325 of 2535
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Looks like it is flexible or is it totally rigid?

They're rigid, quite similar to those round leather coin cases sold in Italy. I think they are made of Vegetable tanned leather (thick)
post #326 of 2535
Nutcracker you are an absolute legend for translating the shoe order pages from Mens Ex; I have been looking for something like this which involves wide ugly feet like mine for ages and I've finally found it! If possible do you have the rest of the Saion article?
post #327 of 2535
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Nutcracker you are an absolute legend for translating the shoe order pages from Mens Ex; I have been looking for something like this which involves wide ugly feet like mine for ages and I've finally found it! If possible do you have the rest of the Saion article?

Thanks TB!

yeah I know you're looking for shoes with wide fit! This is it for this article (only 5 pages), and I don't recall seeing any other ME articles of this kind. I've posted stuffs on Saion here and there, but they're all about his sleek shoes. I'll keep my eyes open for similar articles...
post #328 of 2535
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Thanks TB!

yeah I know you're looking for shoes with wide fit! This is it for this article (only 5 pages), and I don't recall seeing any other ME articles of this kind. I've posted stuffs on Saion here and there, but they're all about his sleek shoes. I'll keep my eyes open for similar articles...

nutcracker san how do you think Saion compares quality wise to Queen Classico? I too am blessed/cursed with duck like feet.
post #329 of 2535
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nutcracker san how do you think Saion compares quality wise to Queen Classico? I too am blessed/cursed with duck like feet.

Hi Fang!

Saion specializes in making bespoke/order shoes, and those MTO shoes in the article above costs ¥180,000 or so.

I assume you're comparing QC with Saion's MTO shoes made with McKay construction, priced around ¥40,000. yen. Those are made 90% in house at their little bespoke studio (the soles are stitched by a machine elsewhere). They offer EEE width (extra wide, good news for you), and sizes up to 28 (which may not be big enough for you). You may want to check their samples out at their Ginza store.

Quality-wise, I would say Saion is a cut above Queen Classico's (also McKay stitched), but then QC does offer larger sizes (up to 28.5).
btw only QC's Made in Spain/Italy line of shoes go up to 28.5, not their Made in Japan line.
post #330 of 2535
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Hi Fang!

Saion specializes in making bespoke/order shoes, and those MTO shoes in the article above costs ¥180,000 or so.

I assume you're comparing QC with Saion's MTO shoes made with McKay construction, priced around ¥40,000. yen. Those are made 90% in house at their little bespoke studio (the soles are stitched by a machine elsewhere). They offer EEE width (extra wide, good news for you), and sizes up to 28 (which may not be big enough for you). You may want to check their samples out at their Ginza store.

Quality-wise, I would say Saion is a cut above Queen Classico's (also McKay stitched), but then QC does offer larger sizes (up to 28.5).
btw only QC's Made in Spain/Italy line of shoes go up to 28.5, not their Made in Japan line.

Thanks for the info. Yes I was refering to Saion MTO, the prices are comparable with QC.

I have a pair of pattern order QC boots that are Goodyear welted, made in Japan, 28.5. Bought several years ago though, perhaps things have changed.
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