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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nutcracker, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. PCK1

    PCK1 Well-Known Member

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    I look forward to seeing the process!
     
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    VRaivio Well-Known Member

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    Here's one more vote in favour of bengal's grand journey into Japanese cordwainery! When can we expect your shuu blog launch? Do give a go to kangaroo leather, it's one of the strongest clean hides available.
     
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    How well would kangaroo work for a dress shoe? I've not seen any examples and my only experience with it is in soccer shoes. While it is strong and soft, I'm not sure how well the hide would translate to something more formal.
     
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    Kangaroo, like most leathers can be tanned and finished in many different ways, suitable for a variety of applications.

    Aniline dyed or even glazed kangaroo makes beautiful dress boots. It is not significantly thinner than much of the baby calf coming out of England and Italy and it is, by thickness, the most tear resistant leather known to man.

    While probably not what many here would consider appropriate for conventionally "formal" footwear, there is no part of the following that cannot be shined to a high mirror finish.

    All Kangaroo:

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    You, Mr F, are some banana. *awe*
     
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    Thanks...I think.
     
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    Quote: And thank you.
     
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    :cheers:
     
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    Those boots are amazing @DWFII ... did you make those?
     
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    Yes. Thanks. I designed the filigree pattern and the toe and heel caps as well...so they're kind of a signature piece. (if you click on the photo, it gets larger--you can see my embroidered, not printed, label. I designed that too, FWIW)
     
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    I will be traveling the Armoury this weekend to visit Koji Suzuki...and hopefully commission my first pair of MTO shoes from him...

    Is there anywhere online to see lots of pictures of his MTO/Bespoke offerings and lasts....(other than having go through every page of this thread)?

    I will report back after my meeting!
     
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    You can also check http://jhilla.com/tagged/koji-suzuki.

    Jeff
     
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    didn't think I could be a fan of button boots but these are clean

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    Yeah those are very nice...but in my opinion Aubercy is still the king when it comes to button boots.

    I am very excited to see Koji Suzuki's leather choices...it seems he has many great textured calf options and many fun exotic choices...
     
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    It is very clean ... I agree. Anyway, for me it's beautiful. I'd do tomorrow morning.
     
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    Hiro Yanagimachi Workshop MTO / Pattern Order Fair 5/17~6/1

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    The semi-annual MTO fair brings us a selection of Hiro Yanagimachi shoes, in staple styles and leather choices, with a substantial discount. Made to the same bullet proof standard as their regular MTO and Bespoke shoes (by the same exact team of 4 craftsmen including Hiro-san), its amazing to see these offered for the same price as an EG / JL shoes.

    The fair starts this Sunday (5/17), and the studio/workshop will be opened to any visitors (without appointment). Priced from 118,800 ~135,000 JPY, with a 3 months lead time. Accessories such as lasted shoe trees and are also available for extra.

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    Link to Hiro Yanagimachi webpage
     
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    they look like better carminas.
     
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    The austerity brogue is very elegant...especially in that very dark brown calf.
     
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