Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. Betelgeuse

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    Il Quadrifoglio by Atsushi Qnai
    Bespoke Trunk Show @ World Footwear Gallery 10/25~10/27

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    The usual suspects. Looks great every time I see them.

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    Spankin' new shoes, waiting for delivery.

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    An Il Quadrifoglio classic: Side elastic shoes with diamond caps.

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    Looks stunning in brown patina finish. Essentially the same design as the sample pair in blue.

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    Lovely gusset details. The left shoe has a clover shaped medalion on the inner (heel) counter.

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    Plaintoe derbies in dark brown calf.

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    Sleek and clean.

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    New bespoke sample.... Party shoes for special evenings

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    Experimenting with hand painted soles.


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    Sig. Atsushi Qnai


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    Oh my... [​IMG]

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    Can I use some pics for my tumblr, nutcracker? I'll give you the propper credit for the images.
     


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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sure of course. You don't need my permission to use the photo :) (not my shoes, btw)
     
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    Thank you!
     


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    Il Quadrifoglio Bespoke samples: design possibilities...

    An impossibly sleek wholecut oxford in sealskin

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    Chukka boot with a J.S. Bach theme. The maker (Atsushi Qnai) was born in a musician's family.

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    The sloping heel was designed to make driving easier.
     
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    Il Quadrfoglio Bespoke Order #2

    So over the past weekend I received my second pair of Il Quadrifoglio shoes from the extraordinary Atsushi Qnai. A pair of split toe derbies.
    The last from the first order (a pair of wholecut oxfords) was tweaked further, after I delivered some feedbacks after wearing the shoes for a few months or so. Since the second pair was a derby (vs. an closed laced oxford), a new pair of trial shoes were made to adjust the fit even further.

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    Split toe design on my square bespoke last. I opted to shorten the vamp / lengthen the toe portion even further.

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    Marking suspicious areas.

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    The incision

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    Artisan's hands at work

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    The fit was meticulously examined.

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    ... and documented.

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    Was quite curious to see how a split toe design will look on my narrow square last.
     


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    Il Quadrfoglio Bespoke Order #2

    So here it is, the completed pair.

    Split Toe Derbies in Moss Green Calf
    Norvegese Construction

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    Robust double soles for this pair

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    A pleasant surprise gift from Qnai san. A shoehorn made with matching leather and stitching

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    Norvegese Stitching


    Comparing with the first pair (wholecut oxford) on the same pair of lasts:

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    My thanks to Qnai san for another outstanding work!
     
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    I'm digging order #2 beautiful, and unique.
     


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    Thanks Fang!
    Yeah, I was a bit worried about how they would look in very dark green, but the result blew my expectations away. They should fade to a lighter shade of green with wear.
     


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    great pair NC, derby and norvegese combi is so full of win
     


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    Wow! Wearable art!

    Curious as to why they have different last designs. The one on the first pair doesn't seem like it's using a spring or hinge.
     


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    Thanks!! Yes they are! Was initially going to do the chain-type norvegese, but opted for the simple one to make it look less obtrusive.



    Thanks Jason!
    Hopefully more wearable than my first pair, which sees very few action. :D

    You mean the shoe trees? The first pair has a set of 3-piece trees, looks great but honestly they are a pain to use. So for the second pair, I opted for a hinged one.
     
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    The Japanese are amazing. How artful. I am taken back especially by the thoughtful details on the sole. The areas where the nails are where I have the most wear on my shoes. I would never have thought to put nails there-I'm sure those nails will increase the longevity of the shoe. Bravo, NC and IQ. Superb taste and craftsmanship.
     


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