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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Moving to Canada eh? :wow:
    I wonder what kind of a story is behind his decision to base his shoemaking practice in Toronto.
     
  2. borbor

    borbor Well-Known Member

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    Did someone say koji endo is moving to Toronto???

    Better lock my wallet up and toss the keys away
     
  3. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Well-Known Member

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    Haha. Promised him I wouldn't divulge the why, but all I can say is that it's really not too hard to guess. :)

    Separately, I suppose there's a dearth (relatively) of good shoemakers in the North Americas.
     
  4. jerrybrowne

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    Hope this means trunk shows to the US......
     
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  5. chogall

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    California. Meh. Probably not.
     
  6. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    Haha so it's both our names on those lasts? We really are feet twins officially now :D
     
  7. Stefan88

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    Haha yes. Zoom in on the last picture I posted. Not sure if you had any or the same adjustments though.
     
  8. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Well-Known Member

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    Exciting prospects for the both of you: Now you can borrow each other's shoes. - That should save a bit of money! :D
     
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  9. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    Ah I saw it now [​IMG]

    I know, it's perfect. And since Stefan works in a very well-stocked shoe store whenever I wonder about sizes of brands I'm not sure of I have him go try them on [​IMG]
     
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  10. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    I'm in Japan this week, and my first workshop visit was at Clematis Ginza. Really impressed with the shoes, and Keitaro Takano and his closer Chiemi Chiba are lovely people. Don't have to much time to upload phtotos, most will probably come on my blog eventually, but here's some at least. First a few of bespoke samples:

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    Clematis new RTW shoes, made in Japan by Joe Works. Looked nice, will be sold at Isetan next year.

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    Keitaro Takano in the workshop:

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  11. VRaivio

    VRaivio Well-Known Member

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    ...as if you "needed" any more shoes in your life or racks ;)
     
  12. Stefan88

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    The sole stitch on Takano-sans shoes is sick. Believe he uses a pricking tool?
     
  13. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    Hehe, as if you should.. :)

    Yeah, when he wants, he does some impressive sole stitching. He use a stitch prick yes. I asked him about the spi on the dark navy full brogues, but he didn't know, told me he just does it by feeling.
     
  14. DWFII

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    Nice! I've been told that most of the old masters ...the Elder Shoe Gods...did it by eye as well. 18spi (at one time considered "average" for outsole stitching) to 64spi.
     
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  15. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    A bunch of pictures of my pair from Hiro Yanagimachi. They are MTO on his new international last, and since that is made after the feet of @Stefan88 who as mentioned above basically is my feet twin, the fit is great. Hiro's MTO shoes are made to the same standard as his bespoke shoes, just on standard lasts (semi bespoke is also available). The level of craftsmanship is superb.

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    Tapered heel:

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    Hiro does a real blind welted bevelled waist:

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    The shoe trees are made in a Japanese factory:

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  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Lovely Dover killers!! :fonz:
    Ozeki san`s bottom-work has always impressed me for being so crisp`n clean!
     
  17. ThinkDerm

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    Amazing. how can we place orders?
     
  18. Stefan88

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    I'd say that they're based off of my feet. The last has since been generalised quite a bit, but the fit is obviously close to bespoke for me. I needed a few changes in the end to receive optimal comfort. I shall experience the result on Monday! Your pair looks great, Jesper. Hope I won't regret not going for the same!
    I've been trying to work on a solution! Will let you know if I hear something.
     
  19. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! Yes it's very clean.

    Cheers! ATM you have to visit Japan or one of his trunks in Europe or the US to try on fitting shoes, I think. But as Stefan mentions above there might be plans for other options.

    Thanks! Yes "based off" is probably a better phrasing. Mine are just MTO, no changes. They were quite snug when putting them on for the first time but after been wearing them for an hour or two they already have stretched and adjusted quite well so think they will become really good. Only place I feel I might have to do something about is my hallux valgus area on the right foot, which is always the problem, and for future orders I will adjust this from start.
    Hope your's will work well!
     
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  20. Garcia

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    In other words, they`d fit me perfectly? If Jesper is your foot/last-twin, then I must be a close relative..
     

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