Shoe Shopping in RoppongiRoppongi
is where local Tokyoites and foreign tourists alike go for a night life: at bars, clubs, eateries, gentlemen's clubs etc... and it did have a shady reputation in the past. However in this past 10 years or so, massive redevelopment projects (malls, parks, museums, 5 star hotels etc..) have propelled the area into one of the most coveted neighbourhoods to live in. Two of the most upscale malls in town: Tokyo Midtown
and Roppongi Hills
, are located here, and are pretty much adjacent to each other.
A thoroughly international town, especially at night time
Tokyo Midtown (left) and Roppongi Hills (right)Tokyo Midtown
The Tokyo Midtown
mall has some exclusive boutiques not often found elsewhere: Valextra
, Jacob Cohen
, and E.Marinella
. There also used to be an Arnys
(sister shop to the Paris Arnys), but not anymore.
The only E. Marinella boutique, this side of the globe.BEAMS House
: Upscale select store. Some of the best selection of classic menswear
Crockett & Jones
Top-tiered select store: Opened last month.
Max VerreRoppongi HillsRoppongi Hills
mall. Mostly conventional brands (Louis Vuitton etc...).United Arrows Men's Store
Classic menswear. Spigola's Tokyo trunk shows happen here.
Crockett & Jones
United Arrows (house brand)
Spigola MTO (Trunk shows are held here 4 times a year)Estnation
: A massive store with a great menswear selection, but shoe selection is weak
YankoShoe Manufactures Otsuka
: The one and only flagship store of Otsuka Shoes
, Japan's most venerated shoemaker.
Otsuka M-5 RTW
Otsuka MTO (Machine made and Handmade)
I had a chance to handle some of their Bespoke samples/replicas from 100 yrs ago or so, and I was positively blown away by them. Possibly the finest I've seen in Japan. I will try to arrange a photo session with them.Edited by nutcracker - 5/24/13 at 12:44am