Monk Straps in light tan Elephant.
I really like the house last with the full round toe. Takano calls the shape 'cute', but they're designed for comfort in mind.
Booties in Calf/Elephant combo.
The clean lines of the last looks great on boots.
Dress casuals. Hippo/suede on the left.
A seemless wholecut sample. I asked him where the pinhole was. He looked confused and told me of course there isn't one
Seemless wholecut in the making.
A collection of mostly unlined summer slip ons.
Slip ons in lizard.
The soles are attached with brass pegs.
Mr. Keitaro Takano. He always has a great smile.
Clematis shoes are available in several configurations.
The 'Original Order' allows you to select a design from his vast repertoire, and one of his House lasts. Construction wise, there is the '9.5 Handmade' construction (hand lasted and hand welted, but the soles are partially machine stitched, the waist is hand stitched), which is perhaps the best value. You can also opt to go Full Handmade for a tighter, tailored waist and a higher degree of finish. Personally, I think Takano-san's bottoming stitchwork is something to behold.
Price starts from ¥163,800 ($1600 USD) for 9.5 Handmade shoes, and ¥248,850 ($2450 USD) for Full Handmade.
Or you have an option to go full Bespoke, with a new pattern and a new last. Bespokes are also offered with 9.5, or full handmade option. Bespoke price starts from ¥283,500 ($2800) for 9.5 Handmade, and ¥372,750 ($3700) for full blown handmade.
The selection of leather is great, with a healthy choice in exotics, from hippos to elephants to sharks etc...
Mr. Takano is open to taking international orders, and in fact has a roster of international clientele. He has a translator for order taking.
I tried on his fitting shoes, and the grip was very strong all around, with an excellent hold on my tiny heels. Best of all, there were generous room in the toe box. I wear a UK 6.5 (24.5cm) for most UK brands, and I had a pretty much perfect fit for Clematis's equivalent size.
Clematis HP: http://www.clematis-ginza.com
My thanks to Takano-san＠Clematis Ginza
Edited by nutcracker - 5/30/13 at 10:08pm