Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. jasonmx3

    jasonmx3 Senior member

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    Thanks, nutcracker. I now recall the sales lady also saying that their leather is sourced from Italy (but the shoes are made in Japan). She actually said that the craftsmanship involved in making their shoes are much better than most shoes in the same price point (US$400~). According to her, they are also fully recraftable (for about $130).

    I'm going back to the store this weekend and would most likely get a pair. Hopefully their lasts fit me well.

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    jasonmx3 Senior member

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    I just remembered that I managed to get a picture during my last visit -- although it's a bit dark. Will try to take better ones this weekend.

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  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice! I've also heard that they are excellent for the price. Hopefully they will fit you well!

    Is it the Trading Post Aoyama you went to? I recall they have some Dimitri Gomez and Besteti Handgrades in the store... worth to check them out!!
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    More Japanese shoes in French!! Atlantico via Parisan Gentleman

    Would have been interesting if they had sought out some Japanese shoemakers trained in France (or are still currently in France)
     
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    Thanks nc
     
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    Yeah I've seen them irl, been tempted, they look very nice and good value.
     
  7. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hiroshi Arai Trunk Show @ World Footwear Gallery 10/5~10/15

    Hiroshi Arai is the mastermind behind the excellent Miyagi Kogyo RTW collection, also available in WFG. He launched his own MTO collection a couple of years ago, which are also made at the Miyagi Kogyo factory. Priced generously from ¥43,000 yen or so ($440). Available in a comprehensive lineup of lasts, models, materials, soles, and sizes, they are certainly some of the better MTO deals available in Japan, IMO.

    Some of the more interesting MTO ideas:

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    Patine finishes are offered by the shoe colorist Yusche Ito, formerly from Corthay Paris.

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    Plaintoes in Blue Cordovan by Shinki Hikaku. Cordovans are ¥31500 extra.

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    Plaintoes in d.brown sealskin. Sealskins are ¥16,800 extra

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    Plaintoes in grey elephant hide, a ¥31,500 option. Not as expensive as I thought.

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    Saddle shoes in Red Cordovan by Shinki Hikaku.

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    Chukka in green Camelhide. Has a wonderful, consistent texture. No extra charge.

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    Sidelaces, patinated by Yusche Ito.

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    Brogues in Horween Chromexel and C.F.Stead Suede combo

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    Among my favorites. Penny loafer (also happens to be the same exact model/last as the Miyagi Kogyo RTW offering)

    World Footwear Gallery
    H-Arai homepage
     
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    Bottega Tramoda. Daikanyama
     
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    Cross-posting from the Cap toe thread.

    Black cap toes from the Original Collection of the Trading Post

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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice! Love that classic egg toes!! Wear in good health! I never imagined seeing Jo S A Bank trees in Japan :D
     
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    Thanks, NC. Appreciate all the info you provided on the brand too.

    And yeah, I had all my JAB trees sent here in a box when I came back last year. [​IMG]
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The 2nd annual Tokyo Shoes Expo, the largest of its kind in Japan (80 manufacturers this year), just finished today. I was fortunately invited to attend, thanks to the folks at Kamioka.

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    Tokyo Big Site convention hall

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    The shoes show was part of a larger Fashion World Tokyo 2013 Autumn show (with 400+ exhibitors)

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    Kamioka's Ingenuity/Shinsho Booth. Busy around the clock.

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    Kamioka / Turnright is better known as an OEM manufacturer of premium GYW shoes.

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    A master shoemaker from Taiwan on demonstration.

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    Norvegese, double colors

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    Sample shoes in Norvegese stitching. Sleek and robust.

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    Multilayered threads in black and white.

    Many thanks to the folks @ Kamioka
     
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    nutcracker thank you so much for running this thread so far. its thoroughly impressive and a pleasure to read
     

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