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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice shoes indeed!

    Talking about llama, below is an interesting image that I snapped from MEN`S EX Nov. 2011 issue.

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    The shoes are Bollini, and the leather is llama calf, a shrunken baby calf leather made to look like llama. From the pictures, the grains/textures look indistinguishable from the real ones.
     
  2. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Senior member

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    Beautiful shoes...compliments
     
  3. Fiddler

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    Even the vomit yellow color is not putting me off those excellent shoes.
     
  4. BespokeMakers

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    il vagabondo by Motoji Suga
    Bespoke apron front shoes

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  5. gambit50

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    Very nice. I wonder if it would look proper on myself.

    Anyway, since I have praised and thanked Nutcracker before for his excellent contributions(all deserved), I must do the same for you BespokeMakers.
     
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  6. JermynStreet

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    Is that a triple oak sole? I haven't seen any other triple oak sole-jobs besides Dincklacker.
     
  7. add911_11

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    After your comment, I realised how elegant is the shoe even with a heavy double or triple tapered sole
     
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  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +1

    From certain angles (from the blog), the pictures certainly make me forget they are triple soled.


    I really have to make a pilgrimage to Kobe area one day..... :drool:
     
  9. BespokeMakers

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    Thanks a lot !
    I am greatly honored by your words.
     
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  11. jasonmx3

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    Where in Kobe is it located?
     
  12. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Il Vagabundo is actually located in Nishinomiya, near Kobe. :)
     
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  13. SharperLiving

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    Emori has invited me to his atelier on Wednesday. I am based in London and have never had bespoke shoes before

    As I am going to start working soon (yes, I am only 22, but have not started my full-time grad job yet), I will not have a chance to pop back to Tokyo for quite some time (at least a year), so I am worried about going bespoke; Emori said he sends the trial shoes by international post.

    The other options are Spigola (again, I'm curious as to whether this amount of money can be justified) or a pair of RTWs for half the price. I picked up some brilliant Miyagi Kyogo monk-straps yesterday. What do you guys recommend?
     
  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You don't often see a Dainite sole that looks this slick...

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    Pics taken from the recent Il Quadrifoglio Show in Tokyo
     
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  15. chogall

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    Holy shit. It's blind welter at the waist too...
     
  16. bengal-stripe

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    Nope! - It's conventionally made. Stitched to the mid-sole with a bevelled waist. It's very neatly cut ("just show stitches"), you see the stitching on top of the welt. The Dainite sole is cemented on top.

    The Dainite sole is actually quite large (but it might have been the smallest size available) and, presumably, the shoes are quite small. Which places the studs closer to the edge than they are supposed to be. There wouldn't have been any space (without going through the studs) to stitch the Dainite sole.
     
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  17. mimo

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    I'd assumed it was glued on, too, which almost seems a shame given the beauty of the shoe. I can see why, though.

    What I'm wondering is how much stress there is on the cementing with the sole shaped around that London waist? I'd like a report from Nutcracker every six months of wear. :)

    It certainly looks pretty extraordinary, though.
     
  18. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes! the dainite sole is cemented on, and it takes the contours (on the bevelled waist) quite nicely IMO. Qnai-san said it was a pain to make it. and yeah, the soles do look thick, maybe the owner requested for a double sole? I recall Dainite (or was it Vibram?) has a `thin` version of the studded sole (for dress shoes).

    ps these are not my shoes :)
     
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  19. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    Even so, as a matter of journalistic integrity you must find the owner and follow him around.
     
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  20. Gianni Cerutti

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    Beautiful collections...
     

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