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The Centipede Has Landed + A Question About Japanese Bespoke Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pejsek, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. luk-cha

    luk-cha Well-Known Member

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    how do you get on the "LIST" and and what is the ave price as i i am interested in taking the plunge and getting some??
     
  2. pejsek

    pejsek Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, centipede. I'll add those names to the list. It's amazing how much high-grade shoemaking is going on in Japan these days. The industry appears to be vibrant and young. As I was searching for links the other day I was struck by the great interest in and opportunities for training. One thing that seems to set the Japanese industry apart is that it is made up largely of individual artisans out to make a name for themselves. From what I can tell, Koji Suzuki and the other top-tier makers we've seen here do all of the work on their bespoke shoes themselves. Just like Roman Vainguz of Vincent & Edgar! That's my impression, at least. If that's true, of course, it would be a major difference from countries that rely on a cottage industry model, with individual tasks being farmed out to freelancers (who for the most part get neither fame nor fortune). I'm clearly in over my head here, though. Where is shoe-fan when you need him?
    Well, whnay, you are a lucky guy. I'm not likely to be having bespoke shoes made for me anytime soonl, but if I were Suzuki would surely be at the top of my list (just as John Pearse in London would surely be my choice for a tailor if I suddenly woke up and decided I was ready to commit $20,000-$30,000 a year to tailored clothing). Everything about Suzuki's work is just perfect. Please be sure to get the three-piece trees.
    The more I look at the Nobuyoshi Seki shoes the more I like them, especially that signature toe.
     
  3. pejsek

    pejsek Well-Known Member

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    whnay. Well-Known Member

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    I believe the Japanese are leaps and bounds ahead of the curve with regards to fine shoemaking. As with automaking, they have studied the masters and perfected the craft two-fold. The sheer abundance of excellent shoe makers and shoe enthusiasts out of the island is extraordinary and one of the reasons why firms such as Lobb have done so well recently and why, in my opinion, Koji Suzuki is the finest shoemaker in the world.
     
  5. RJman

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    in my opinion, Koji Suzuki is the finest shoemaker in the world.
    Better than David Eden?
     
  6. pejsek

    pejsek Well-Known Member

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    This, I suppose, is probably one of those apples/oranges problems. Sig. Suzuki has surely done far less work in ostrich, for example.
     
  7. centipede

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  8. Artisan Fan

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    Who's David Eden?
     
  9. edmorel

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    Anyone know how I could get my hands on Vol. 4?

    I have a couple of Lasts at home, if one of them is Vol. 4, it's yours.
     
  10. Girardian

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    Man, "shoe porn" really is an appropriate term. Why is it that when I see some of these my heart starts racing and the endorphins start to kick in and my brain enters into an altered state of admiration and envy....
     
  11. romafan

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    I have a couple of Lasts at home, if one of them is Vol. 4, it's yours.

    Under the mattress? [​IMG]

    Be sure to send it in a plain brown wrapper! [​IMG]
     
  12. edmorel

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    Under the mattress? [​IMG]

    Be sure to send it in a plain brown wrapper! [​IMG]


    That reminds me, need to make sure there are no sticky pages [​IMG]
     
  13. pejsek

    pejsek Well-Known Member

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    Who's David Eden?


    David Eden is the name of a line of rtw shoes which seems to specialize in exotic leathers (ostrich, lizard, red crocodile if you're feeling frisky). kitonbrioni has a few pair in his vast arsenal.
     
  14. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    Interesting; that's a new name for me.

    Kitonbrioni, any detailed pics to contribute?
     
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    Interesting; that's a new name for me.

    Kitonbrioni, any detailed pics to contribute?

    Dear. Lord. Make. It. Stop.
     
  16. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    It's porn, it never stops. [​IMG]
     
  17. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    I wonder what centipede thinks about *gasp* David Eden showing up in his thread [​IMG]
     
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    That reminds me, need to make sure there are no sticky pages [​IMG]

    speaking of which, my wife wonders why i have all these jl, eg, c&j and santoni catalogues in the bathroom. [​IMG]
     

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