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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. VRaivio

    VRaivio Well-Known Member

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    Could you all recommend some of "the best" Japanese shoe blogs for me? I cannot read them, of course, but some photos of rare pairs would be nice. I've occasionally seen wonderful collections, too, and it seems Japan has plenty of shoe addicts to boot.
     
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    Hi. VRaivio

    Unfortunately there is none I can recall at this moment. There was one which features some Man'dor and GGs bespoke but it seems the owner of the blog and shoes closed it.
    I think most of Japanese shoe lovers would like not to be identified by exposing their bespoke shoes in cyber space. I think this thread is the most extensive show case of Japanese high end shoes thanks to contribution by members such as NC and bespokemakers.
     
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    There is always Jun Kuwana - King Croesus of the bespoke shoe world.

    http://homepage2.nifty.com/cobblers-web/


    Apart from one pair by Koji Suzuki, Kuwana hasn't had any commissions from Japanese shoemakers. Most of his bespoke shoes come from Cleverley and Fosters. He presents them with many detailed photographs and English descriptions.

    There is also a blog where he talks about shoes and fashion in general. The blog is Japanese only, but if you access it through Google Chrome you will get a pretty serviceable translation thrown in. (Computer translations, although not perfect, have greatly improved, from the absolute gobbledegook of ten or so years ago.)
     
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    Thank you, bengal, I first found Jun-senpai's fine site years ago. I've saved (or achived) it on my PC just in case he'd remove it from digital space entirely.
     
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    http://cobbler.txt-nifty.com

    Above is his blog site, which Bengal Stripe mentioned. He has a great collection of clothing and shoes and has a style.


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    That's an excellent page! Hadn't heard about it before.
     
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    Man, how many inhouse or outsourced apprentices/makers does Suzuki have? With the number of trunk shoes he's doing overseas it seems like there's barely any tie left for him to make shoes...
     
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    Three in-house workers, if I recall things correctly. BM or Nutcracker can probably confirm or correct.
     
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    Spotted this beauty at my recent trip to Marquess accompanying a friend.

    Bespoke Side Elastics in Patent Leather

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    Well this vintage patent leather is supposed to be something, it really looked like a well polished calfskin. :wow:


    On a side note, I was invited to join a dinner with 5 other Marquess aficionados that night (yes they all had Marquess on their feet....scary) Felt like an initiation to the club :)
     
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  17. VRaivio

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    Nutcracker, is this interesting vintage patent leather corrected with a thin layer of plastic like most modern versions? Back before plastics I trust most patent hides were really wax calf polished to a mirror-like state by some poor servant.
     
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    Not so.

    It was lacquered with a linseed oil based compound. It was invented in Belgium in the last quarter of the 18th century.
     
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    Can it still be acquired or no?
     
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    To be honest, I really don't know, but I suspect not--it's too easy and too cheap to simply roll and heat bond a film of plastic to marginal or blemished leather.
     

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