"ISETAN JAPAN SENSES "MEN'S FESTIVAL OF JAPANESE CRAFTSMEN", Saturday April 6th, 2013
Chisel toes galore. Works of Art? you bet.
The shapes are very assertive. Sorry, no pictures of the soles, but the fiddlebacks were absolute killers.
Hand painted. Amazing colors...all of them
antique finish...has a distinct greenish tint...possibly my favorite color
Test fitting shoes are apparently made as real functional shoes. Even the leather used are the same (with the final Bespoke piece). I think they are better made than almost every shoes I own! Hurts to see them being cut open..
Fukuda-san. From the short conversaion we had, this man seemed like a consumate professional. He showed me a clear file folder stuffed with information on a single order, with pages of life-size photos of the client's foot, from various angles. He also pulled out a 100yrs+ old English made last and explained to me the virtues of their design vs contemporary examples. Whenever he carves out a last, he has this (or these) by his side as a model, and possibly as a physical reminder or linkage to the English shoemaking heritage which he is very much a part of.
He is currently the undisputed king of the hill in the world of Japanese bespoke. Very much deserves so. Translate that to 14 months lead time
Marquess (Kawaguchi) and Fukuda
2 masters, competitors, working besides each other.
my thanks to the 3 shoemakers for the time and also for the permission (to post the pictures online)Edited by nutcracker - 4/7/13 at 5:13am