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Hi guys!  I've been a lurker here for a while and finally decided to sign up for an account!  I am continually impressed by the communities vast knowledge and enthusiasm in classic/traditional mens styles down to the use of materials and construction.  I hope you guys can share some insight.

 

I'm making a trip out to S. Korea and Hong Kong at the end of the month and am considering having a pair of bespoke shoes made for me.  But before that I would like to get your opinion.

 

What is the general sentiment towards having bespoke shoes made in Asia as opposed to Italy, UK, or Hungary?  Lets assume that the construction methods follow all 200+ steps of a goodyear welted shoe and is made with veg. tanned italian high grade leather.  Does the origin of the shoe determine its credibility at the end of the day?  Or would my fellow fashionistas approve? smile.gif  

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In Hong Kong, there is a Japanese shoemaker in Wai Chai, he charges around HKD38000 for thr first pair with custom last.

In SGP, Edwin Neo will also make you a bespoke shoe.

Both are very good maker
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I heard of a Kow Hoo Shoe Maker in Hong Kong.

 

As for S'pore, besides Edwin Neo, there's also Diamond Walker bespoke shoes from Korea.

 

I guess Europe has a slightly longer history of shoe making than Asia in general. But does that necessarily means the former is better/more superior, I'm not sure. :) 

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Originally Posted by Dragonheart73 View Post

I heard of a Kow Hoo Shoe Maker in Hong Kong.

As for S'pore, besides Edwin Neo, there's also Diamond Walker bespoke shoes from Korea.

I guess Europe has a slightly longer history of shoe making than Asia in general. But does that necessarily means the former is better/more superior, I'm not sure. smile.gif 

Kow Hoo shoes was very well made before the decline of the old master. I have a pair which was broken totally 2 years ago. I don't doubt their vintage stuff is top notch, but their recent batch is pretty bad. I am afraid the old master does not have the strength to last his shoe as well as before.

The ones I mentioned above are all excellent shoemaker. I am certain that there is a lack of expert shoemaker in Asia. People here can spend high on bespoke shoes, but there are only a small minority who will appreciate traditional bespoke shoes.

In terms of the Asia/Europe shoemaking debate, I suggest you to lurk more.
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Kow Hoo shoes was very well made before the decline of the old master. I have a pair which was broken totally 2 years ago. I don't doubt their vintage stuff is top notch, but their recent batch is pretty bad. I am afraid the old master does not have the strength to last his shoe as well as before.

The ones I mentioned above are all excellent shoemaker. I am certain that there is a lack of expert shoemaker in Asia. People here can spend high on bespoke shoes, but there are only a small minority who will appreciate traditional bespoke shoes.

In terms of the Asia/Europe shoemaking debate, I suggest you to lurk more.

Kow Hoo has a fascinating history with Japan. The founders (The senior and younger Lau) learned shoemaking from a Japanese shoemaker who lived in Shanghai. Kow Hoo (高和) is the name of their Japanese master, and the Lau's named their company after him when they moved to Hong Kong. I know they had great success for many years, but I'm not sure if Mr.Lau is still around though (will be 90+ yrs old?).
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Kow Hoo has a fascinating history with Japan. The founders (The senior and younger Lau) learned shoemaking from a Japanese shoemaker who lived in Shanghai. Kow Hoo (高和) is the name of their Japanese master, and the Lau's named their company after him when they moved to Hong Kong. I know they had great success for many years, but I'm not sure if Mr.Lau is still around though (will be 90+ yrs old?).

The old master is still around and makes shoes.

Maybe some other member here can clarify whether they have juniors for the labour intensive work. From my knowledge, there isn't.
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Originally Posted by Dragonheart73 View Post

I heard of a Kow Hoo Shoe Maker in Hong Kong.

 

As for S'pore, besides Edwin Neo, there's also Diamond Walker bespoke shoes from Korea.

 

I guess Europe has a slightly longer history of shoe making than Asia in general. But does that necessarily means the former is better/more superior, I'm not sure. :) 

 

Diamond Walker is garbage. They are glued MTO shoes priced to appear like cheap bespoke.

 

1-post 'wonders', please do your self-promotion somewhere else, not SF.

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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post


Kow Hoo shoes was very well made before the decline of the old master. I have a pair which was broken totally 2 years ago. I don't doubt their vintage stuff is top notch, but their recent batch is pretty bad. I am afraid the old master does not have the strength to last his shoe as well as before.

The ones I mentioned above are all excellent shoemaker. I am certain that there is a lack of expert shoemaker in Asia. People here can spend high on bespoke shoes, but there are only a small minority who will appreciate traditional bespoke shoes.

In terms of the Asia/Europe shoemaking debate, I suggest you to lurk more.

Thanks for the recommendations.  And as for the Asia/Europe debate...time to put my lurk suit back on bigstar[1].gif

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Diamond Walker is garbage. They are glued MTO shoes priced to appear like cheap bespoke.

 

1-post 'wonders', please do your self-promotion somewhere else, not SF.

nice catch!  I guess I won't be checking them out.  

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ive contacted diamond and they have proper goodyear welted ones they just cost more... I have had a pair made with some other bespoke place in singapore was cheap about 500 but I was not happy with the quality in the end a small scratch managed to peel off the leather anyways.. I wanna try something else to get what I want at diamond would be double the price at about 1000
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Diamond Walker is garbage. They are glued MTO shoes priced to appear like cheap bespoke.

1-post 'wonders', please do your self-promotion somewhere else, not SF.


Hmm alloy, I wouldn't write DW off so quickly. They offer MTO hand-welted shoes starting at around s$800, or about USD 600. On the face of it this appears to be a pretty fair price for the construction and being able to have any design you want in any color(s).

Even top UK brands like EG, CJ don't hand welt their shoes.
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