Originally Posted by jakeypotato
I'm currently in Osaka, Japan right now and I need new shoes primarily and clothing. I was hoping to buy some boots for under $200. Does anyone know of affordable Japanese brands that I should look into while I'm here in Japan that would be more expensive if I were to buy in the USA? Even better if you knew some stores here in Osaka, that would be nice. I'm still a college student so I can't quite afford $500 shoes or $200 shirts.
I would also be open to hearing what basics I should buy in general while here. At the moment, I like brands like RRL and Beams.
I've lived in Osaka for about eight years. Unfortunately I wear a size 12.5 US so shopping for shoes in Japan is nothing more than a gigantic waste of time so my knowledge is kind of insufficient. I go tailor made or import from America.
With that said, you may be lowballing it if you want a quality pair of boots for $200, even during sale time. The Japanese sales aren't that fantastic. I can say this though: Katsura, a shop in Shinsaibashi, has quality tailor-made boots and when I last went they were not that expensive. Even then you're likely to pay $350+, though. Check when their sale starts online. I've also heard good things about Hiroshi Tsubouchi boots, but again, you're going to be paying more than 200 for them. Union Imperial is the same situation. To be honest if you really want to go cheaper you'd be better off buying American, like Allen Edmonds.
What I would do if I were you is go into a department store--Kintetsu, Daimaru, Hankyu--and look around. On the men's floor they should have a lot of options for you. In your time here I would recommend that instead of going straight for the boots, check out some shirts and suits if you can afford them. Ring Jacket is very famous (and very expensive), and I'm definitely going to check out Kamakura shirts when the sale at Grand Front Osaka begins.