Would Japanese bookstores in the US carry this? I know they carry those Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc. magazines.
I have only tried Kinokuniya in Manhattan. Â As far as I know, distribution is really limited, due to its specific content (how many shoe addicts can there be?). Â The 'mother' issue of this magazine is called "Men's EX", which, beside this shoe porn, also publishes one dedicated to suit/shirt pornography. Â These are special issues that come out at very irregular intervals. Â At present, Vol. 2 is still circulating, albeit limitedly (even in Tokyo); release date for Vol. 3 is still not known yet. Â I have an old issue of the suit porn, and am looking for a more current one, but couldn't find it anywhere (in Japan or Hong Kong). If you happened to be in Italy, you should see it at any of the shoe-maker shops (Bonora, Petrocchi, etc.) as they were all featured in the magazine. It's one thing if you have an obsession, it's another if a collective group of addicts could put up periodicals in such systematic manner. Â I really admire that. Â In this current issue, in order to do a review on Gatto, they had to send someone (lucky bastard) to make ... 5 pairs of shoes --- which is the required first order at Gatto. Â In the suit issue, they sent 3 guys of different built and size to make the exact same suit/style from the same tailor just for comparison (navy 2-button and white shirt). On a side note, those LV, Gucci 'catalogs' are really cheap, some as low as 500-yen (US$5). Â This magazine costs 1400-yen (about US$15); and chances are, it will stay in your bookshelf/library instead of your magazine rack.