Shoe Shopping in Aoyama, Tokyo
Had a chance to stroll around the Aoyama
district in Tokyo (a walkable distance from my place). Mainly a quiet residential neighbourhood, the place is nevertheless littered with museums, eateries, antique shops, and fashion boutiques that seem to occupy every other building. And yes, lots of stores carrying fine footwear. So for those thinking about visiting Tokyo, here is a little guide to the shoe brands available in the Aoyama area.
Here is a fine map of the Aoyama area created by the folks at BRIFT H
. Stores are concentrated around and between the Miyuki Street (above) and the Kotto Street (below). Fashion boutiques tend to center around the former, while more artsy establishments (galleries, antique shops, and for my purpose, shoe stores
) seem to surround the latter.
So let's start from Brift H, where you can get your own A3 size copy of this map....Brift H
, shoe polish extraordinaire. Bring in your shoes and watch Mr. Hasegawa and his boys do some magic.
Right below Brift H, is Tailor & Cutter
Mr. Arita was trained as a cutter in Gieves & Hawkes London, and as a tailor in Ichibankan, Tokyo.
Some Aoyama landmarks.....Prada
, but sorry not interestedNezu Museum
, the other landmark, nice shades
Happy Strollers...surprisingly, the whole area is relatively car-free
Garden creatures...Okamoto Taro Museum
So lets go looking for shoes....
The Lakota House. Everything Alden
. They also carry their house brand PegmanParaboot
The General Store carries Anthony CleverleyLloyd Footwear
for fine English shoes
Look what I found, a Ring Jacket boutique. They stock Gaziano & Girling
Tie Your Tie. You can order bespoke shoes by Il Micio: Hidetaka Fukaya
, and Rome's very own Marini
.Oh yeah they sell ties too
British Made for Church's
and CheaneyJM Weston
Classic menswear powerhouse, Strasburgo. They are the distributor of Edward Green
Vulcanize London. A fortress of British luxury stuffs. You can get Crockett & Jones
Trading Post for pretty much every other brand: St.Crispin
, Allen Edmonds
, and also Japanese brand Soffice & Solid
. They also take orders for the MTO brand Hall & Marks
Across Trading Post....The Art of Shoemaking. Peek in the glass door and you'll see Yohei Fukuda
hard at work
So there you go. Right next to the Aoyama area, there are the Harajuku area and Omotesando area for more shopping. That's a good 1/2 day in Tokyo for you.
Thanks to BRIFT H
for helping me out (and for the map)
www.brift-h.comEdited by nutcracker - 5/10/13 at 9:58pm