Moving to Canada eh?
I wonder what kind of a story is behind his decision to base his shoemaking practice in Toronto.
Ah I saw it now
I know, it's perfect. And since Stefan works in a very well-stocked shoe store whenever I wonder about sizes of brands I'm not sure of I have him go try them on
I'm in Japan this week, and my first workshop visit was at Clematis Ginza. Really impressed with the shoes, and Keitaro Takano and his closer Chiemi Chiba are lovely people. Don't have to much time to upload phtotos, most will probably come on my blog eventually, but here's some at least. First a few of bespoke samples:
Clematis new RTW shoes, made in Japan by Joe Works. Looked nice, will be sold at Isetan next year.
Keitaro Takano in the workshop:
Hehe, as if you should.. :)
Yeah, when he wants, he does some impressive sole stitching. He use a stitch prick yes. I asked him about the spi on the dark navy full brogues, but he didn't know, told me he just does it by feeling.
A bunch of pictures of my pair from Hiro Yanagimachi. They are MTO on his new international last, and since that is made after the feet of @Stefan88 who as mentioned above basically is my feet twin, the fit is great. Hiro's MTO shoes are made to the same standard as his bespoke shoes, just on standard lasts (semi bespoke is also available). The level of craftsmanship is superb.
Hiro's international last is very well balanced IMO:
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Hiro does a real blind welted bevelled waist:
The shoe trees are made in a Japanese factory: