A Visit to Tetsujiya, Tokyo
Shoemaker Ueda Tetsuji started his career designing shoes for Regal Corporation, and then knocked on the doors of Mannina in Firenze, Italy, spending 2 years as an apprentice. He opened his own atelier/shop at the present location (in the posh Ginza district) 8 years ago, and quickly set himself apart from the rest.
His collection features lots of big welts (Norvegese etc...) . He also favors Blake constructed shoes as a comfortable and relatively inexpensive option, esp. for 1st time clients (in the ¥40K range + ¥35K or so for the last) . Fascinatingly, he avoids welted shoes altogether ("the market is already saturated with them"), though he can do it if requested. His repertoire also includes sneakers and hiking boots, reflecting his motto of making bespoke shoes for every occasion.
Bespoke shoes for every occasion
A sturdy pair of full brogues with his signature Norvegese welt.
Red apron derby with chains.
Bespoke hiking boots with really big welts.
Blake constructed Sneakers in veg tanned leather from Himeji. The tan color looks quite beautiful, and should age gracefully.
Crane origami made from the same Himeji veg tanned leather. They look impossibly thin.
My thanks to Ueda-san (Tetsujiya)