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post #391 of 2955

Interesting question.  I am not really qualified to answer, but my thinking is that Europe is a mecca for shoe making and many of them trained and apprenticed in UK or Italy.

Most of them are relatively new in the trade, hence less experienced than well known houses in UK.   Depending on the currency rate, for past two years, UK bespoke might be less expensive than Japanese who apprenticed (some time not so long time) there.   So it can be seen "Why I pay more to the apprentice than to the master who trained him?"  

 

I am in the process of making one at GC. 

post #392 of 2955
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

I wonder why Japanese clients still come to UK for bespoke shoe order? Most things I have seen here are above the typical London bespoke shoemarker's capacity.


Prestige?

post #393 of 2955
But you can get it locally? Without a flight? Except branding, I don't see any Jap's shoes I have handle (e.g. Spigloa 9.5MTO, Saion bespoke and 10 MTO) are anyway worse than the big English names, in fact better.

I am in the market of another pair of bespoke shoe, and I will not hesitate to get one from Mr. O in Hong Kong, because they will be locally made. Rather than paying less with some of my friends in UK.

This is also the argument about supporting the local small-medium business activity.
post #394 of 2955
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Prestige?

Man should rely on his own prestige, not something external.

However, I do see this a valid argument.
post #395 of 2955
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Sorry it is another un-sexy picture of GOC.  RTW line. Model: Rusty

Actually  I would like to share the information about the repair by RESH previously mentioned.  Toe part of the sole was wearing near enough to the welt, so I decided to enhance it with rubber.

I did this at RESH shop in Mitsukoshi, Nihombashi.
It is about JPY 2000 and it takes about 30min or so. 

They cut out the sole and replaced it with wedge shaped rubber and finish it to blend with remaining part.

They can do this with leather, rubber or metal.  Metal costs about JPY 4000.


















Love the Rusty! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Great, one more fellow member who can attest to the fine job RESH does! They are located mainly in department stores of all places.
Very busy during the weekends, but somehow they are able to get job done, fast! There are many repair shops in Tokyo that has the glitz and celebrity shoeshiners, but I think RESH is the hidden jewel.
post #396 of 2955
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Originally Posted by bamboo View Post

Interesting question.  I am not really qualified to answer, but my thinking is that Europe is a mecca for shoe making and many of them trained and apprenticed in UK or Italy.
Most of them are relatively new in the trade, hence less experienced than well known houses in UK.   Depending on the currency rate, for past two years, UK bespoke might be less expensive than Japanese who apprenticed (some time not so long time) there.   So it can be seen "Why I pay more to the apprentice than to the master who trained him?"  

I am in the process of making one at GC. 

That is exactly what I think many Japanese are thinking, in fact that is one of the ongoing issue/topic being discussed at the Bespoke thread in the Japanese 2ch forum. "Why pay same or more for a Japanese maker?"

UK firms like Cleverley definitely has an edge in career and experience, and many Japanese still wouldn't ever consider getting a bespoke locally made.

Of course, the main advantages of ordering locally is language for one, and being able to build a lasting relationship (or a patron-like relationship) with the makers.

There are several other factors that I hear among pro-Japanese bespoke voices:
1. They understand Japanese feet/anatomy as well as living customs better
2. Perceived to be made in a higher standard of quality vs European shoes
3. Support local artisans and industry
4. Stylistically catching up (or have caught up already)

And also keep in mind of how Japanese makers think about pricing their shoes. With an output of 4 to 6 pairs a month at best, ¥300K or so per pair is reasonable, if they intend to make a living or support a family just by making shoes (in the world's most expensive country to live). Any less, I find it hard for most makers to do it full time. Many in fact run shoemaking schools, or teach at local technical colleges. I don't think shoemaking is a career that will make any of them rich, but they love what they do, so good for them.

I assume many English outworkers aren't able to support their lives by just making shoes, not sure but that is what I've heard.

Considering that the shoemaking trade, especially the hand made variety, is a traditional craft that arguably has been on an irreversible decline in Europe and elsewhere, I think it is absolutely fantastic that it is seeing a Renaissance of some sort in Japan (of all places). And the fact that these small Bespoke artisans are still running the business after some years means that there must be a steady or growing pool of patrons that support them. The week yen definitely won't hurt (unless they import their materials).
post #397 of 2955
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Welcome to the forum! Wow, guess you took a plunge with 3 pairs of Corno Blu....from Isetan? Yes they are very Italian in style, but they are all goodyear welted shoes right?.

and the rain problem you described... it happens, and I've heard it happen on JL, GG, and other nice shoe brands with closed channel. I don't think it means that the shoes are of lesser quality. I suppose you can glue it back on, or take it to a cobbler and see how he deals with it.


That's good to know -- first time it has happened to me.

Let me try to post some photos of the two I have at the moment,

 

 

 

 

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That's good to know -- first time it has happened to me.
Let me try to post some photos of the two I have at the moment,












I think Corno Blu lasts are among the finest looking out of Japanese RTW shoes. The lasts are very well thought out and balanced (I think they are based on Corno Blu's bespoke house last). When I saw it in Isetan a while ago, they looked good.
They are definitely made, and priced, at a high end spectrum of Japanese RTW shoes, so I'm interested in how they hold up.
post #399 of 2955
Jalans are good value. But aren't they Good year welted, and not hand welted?
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Still if I could only get a couple more pair of Jalan Sriwijawa in my size I'd be a happy man, the ones I have are about half a size to small width-wise and most of their shoes I have seen max out at a half size smaller than that. I like their styles, plus they are hand welted and use Annonay calf.
post #400 of 2955
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Jalans are good value. But aren't they Good year welted, and not hand welted?


Jalan shoes are handsewn welted, and machine bottomed. They call this method 'Handsewn Goodyear Method'. So no, Jalan shoes aren't goodyear welted.
post #401 of 2955
Good to know. Are all their shoes made that way? Most retailers on Rakuten and Unipair market Jalans as GYW shoes.
post #402 of 2955
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Good to know. Are all their shoes made that way? Most retailers on Rakuten and Unipair market Jalans as GYW shoes.

Yes you are right. Jalan also makes goodyear welted shoes, not just the Handsewn Goodyear method I wrote above (which Fortuna Shoes were originally best known for). In fact most of the stores I see online sells their GYW shoes. I stand to be corrected.
post #403 of 2955
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Bespoke Order with Il Quadrifoglio

OK, I received my shoes yesterday from Mr.Q-nai, and I am quite ecstatic with the outcome, considering it's the first order with him.
I've documented the order process over the months, and these pics should give some idea.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I always wanted a fine pair of wingtips. Had an English style in mind, but wasn't sure if I wanted them really dressy, or something more versatile. I've never seen an Il Quadrifoglio wingtip before, so didn't know what to expect. I went I saw this one, I went bonkers..


You gotta be kiddin. In textured green? These must be the coolest wingtips I've ever seen!

"Excuse me sir? I want to take these home today....oh, these are samples? gotta order one? ok.....lets do it"

AppleMark
The swatch....from Ilcea...

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Qnai taking Measurements

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My feet are really wimpy. Short, skinny, and flat footed....

Several months later....The trial fitting session


Fit is very good. But I prefer a slightly tighter hold


Hmmmm....a lil space in here....

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Knife injected....Aha! A pocket of space! lets shave off a lil more....

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The toes felt too squarish, so I asked them to be slightly rounded

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Should look like this right??? hmmmmm

I loved the olive green, but I found myself doubting whether these are too casual for work....so...

Change of mind!! I decided to go for a more dressy look. Yes, this will be my ultimate brown dress shoes....

AppleMark
Lovely Ilcea calfskin. Got a lil red in these brown, not quite burgundy....perfect!!


Order sheet. I don't understand Italian..
As you can see, I was thinking of some funky seemless heels with medalions on the heel counter.

But with further consultation with Mr.Qnai, I decided to go even more sleek and go for a WHOLE CUT with imitation brogues.
With no medalion on the butt or the toe. Classic style 6 eyelets. Always loved the look of G&G/Deco wholecuts.
My direct inspiration actually came from a picture of a Cleverley Bespoke with imitation brogue, no med, and elastic side.

What a detour....but there you go, I decided on a whole cut with imitation brogues (no elastic).
I received my shoes yesterday, and couldn't be happier. Haven't had a chance to take pictures, but will do so later...

Iinaaaa!
post #404 of 2955
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Iinaaaa!

lol8[1].gif Didn't see that coming from you!
post #405 of 2955
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So here it is, after a few alterations in design....

Il Quadrifoglio by Qnai Atsushi
Wholecut Oxford with Imitation Brogues


My original inspiration was Cleverly or a G&G wholecut in mind....came out pleasantly different!!!!


Ilcea calf in reddish brown. The toes are screaming for a high polish!


The Il Quadrifoglio silhouette


The seem is almost invisible...where is it??


Fiddle waist, au naturel.

I did expect the fit to be a little off from before since I changed the design to a whole cut, but it came out quite good. I'm having the instep shaved down a bit more for my next pair. I do have a set of wimpy feet (short, skinny, and flat)

I know I was quite a headache, and I really appreciate Mr.Qnai for keeping up with my ever changing mind. He's very accommodating to requests, and above all, his passion for the craft is quite evident by his effort.

If you're reading this (are you?), thank you Qnai-san!
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