Originally Posted by supern0va
. I didn't know they are not fully GYW. Not a big fan of Blake, gotta think a bit further. Maybe after I visit isetan I'll decide.
Price is 55,000 yen plus tax. That's just under US$600. Slightly more expensive than Enzo bonafes (from your store!)
The construction is actually inspired by Bonafè. Bonafè makes a lot of hand welted/Blake for Japan. Oriental Shoes is the agent for Bonafè in Japan, so I guess they kinda copied the construction (although as far as I know the Oriental Shoes version is machine welted as opposed to Bonafè who hand welts).
Personally I prefer the Bonafè hand welted "Bombe" solution which is a proper welted construction with a slimmed down waist. I believe that a lot of the Japanese shoes makers are inspired by Bonafè if you look at their work and compare to
Bonafè. Enzo has legendary status in Japan. But that's a discussion for the Bonafè thread. I won't derail this further.