1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. kydy

    kydy Member

    Messages:
    14
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2014
    
    I was there on 16 July and I didn't know it's clearance sale until I read this post. The place was crowded and people buy like there is No tomorrow. Very long queue at the cash register.

    The shoes floor is crazily packed, but do no harm despite the sale, they are of the same regular price of shoes in Europe (e.g. c&j is around £300 a pair after sale) but there are models which u won't normally see in other parts of the world.
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    Beautiful shoes by Masaru Okuyama

    Side Elastic in Navy, Mr. O Japan

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Masaru Okuyama FB
     
  3. meister

    meister Senior member

    Messages:
    7,321
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2007
    This thread is a veritable feats for shoe lovers because it has moved past mere shoemaking.

    The artisans exemplify the art of shoemaking as it used to be practised widely but now is mainly the preserve of bespoke shuhmeisters.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    My good friend and shoeshiner extraordinary Ken Shibata has recently opened up his own shoeshine business called `Polish Made`
    The `store` is actually a concession located inside a tailor shop `Yoshida Suits`, a set up similar to what Mr. FitzPatrick had at G&H London.

    Seems like the bulk of their business comes from mail-in shoeshine orders (from all over the country), which is remarkable.
    Ken-san is on location on Mon, Wed, and Fri. for walk in clients.

    [​IMG]

    Located near the recently opened landmark Toranomon Hills

    Polish Made
    @ NEW! Yoshida Suits Toranomon
    1-7-14 Nishishinbashi
    080-3441-3123
    polishmadeshoeshine@gmail.com
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2014
  5. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    Here`s another nice bespoke commission, courtesy of Koji Endo bottier (gentile & 79). Another one with rubber insert

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    gentille & 79 FB
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    M X Hiroshi Tsubouchi X Amazon

    An interesting project produced by Amazon.co.jp, bringing some of the top Japanese RTW makers and minds together to create some interesting shoes. The shoes are sold exclusively through Amazon.co.jp

    Hiroshi Tsubouchi
    Plaintoe Derbies in Shinki Cordovan (cognac, navy)
    in some ways a Japanese version of 990

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    more pics (as well as pricing) from this amazon.co.jp link

    from M`s Blog
     
  7. Deedee

    Deedee Senior member

    Messages:
    122
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2011
    Location:
    Germany
    Interesting concept. Can you say anything about the construction of the shoes?
    The colors are lovely.
     
  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    

    Lovely colours indeed!
    They`re GYW, looks like 360 reverse welt to me. I think they are made by Miyagi Kogyo, but could be wrong.
     
    1 person likes this.
  9. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    Part II of the Amazon Collaboration,( and perhaps even better than the ones above)

    Yoshiharu Hasegawa
    Monkey Boots in Navy Shinki Cordovan

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    and another lovely pair

    Plaintoe Boots in Black Annonay Calf

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Amazon.co.jp link (for more pics)

    from M`s Blog
     
  10. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    and the last of the 3 Japanese manufactures teaming up with Amazon

    Guranisuta X M X Amazon
    Plaintoe Derby
    Horween Chromexcel Leather
    Oiled leather sole w/ Cat`s Paw heels

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Amazon.co.jp link

    from M`s Blog
     
  11. Mean Mr Mustard

    Mean Mr Mustard Senior member

    Messages:
    101
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2013
    Location:
    Tokyo
    Nutcracker, Thanks for posting the link to the Isetan clearance sale a few weeks back. I managed to get there on the Sunday evening -- day 5 of the sale. It was still pretty crowded at that time, though the sales guy told me they had triple the number of customers on Wednesday. I was a bit surprised, Wednesday being a work day and Japan being a country where it's difficult to get away from the office, but he told me lots of guys took the day off work while others drop by when they can during the day and get their shoes shipped to their home address so they don't have to appear at work with shopping bags. Well, so maybe it's not so hard to get out of the office if you really have to. Anyway, there still seemed to be a decent selection of shoes there on the Sunday, at least in my size -- I'm a 9D in Allen Edmonds -- though, as has been mentioned here, even at clearance prices, the shoes weren't cheap. But I did manage to find some blue suede Crockett & Jones boots for ¥35,000. It's a Galway model. While I was in the store debating whether to get them, I tried looking these boots up online but couldn't find anything on them. Finally I decided I probably couldn't go wrong paying that much for C&J and decided to get them. The salesman recommended I try an 8.5 but there weren't any available so he brought back an 8 instead and they seemed to fit fine. Nice looking boots, I thought. I took them for a walk the next day and they were quite comfortable. Here they are. If anyone knows anything about the model, I'd love to hear from you. I assume it must be some made-for-Japan model.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  12. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    
    Congrats on your new boots! ¥35K seems like a good steal! Yes, there are a slew of Japan-only C&J models and lasts, and those may very well be one.
     
  13. The Shoe Snob

    The Shoe Snob Senior member Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    853
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2008
    Location:
    Everywhere
    

    not crazy about the model itself, but that is some great craftsmanship and some beautiful leather!!
     
    1 person likes this.
  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    Marquess Round Toes

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    The left is a bespoke sample. The right was made for a customer.
     
    4 people like this.
  15. Stefan88

    Stefan88 Senior member

    Messages:
    927
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2012
    Location:
    Oslo
    Visiting Marquess in 9 days. Can't wait to see some beauties for myself.
    Seeing these pictures I'm very happy with my choice of toe.
     
  16. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    4,441
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2002
    Location:
    London, UK
    

    Interesting demonstration how different camera angles or different focal length can distort a photograph..

    On the top picture the toe cap of either shoe looks pretty substantial. But on the bottom picture the caps look considerably smaller.


    I wonder, if these Matterhorn insteps Bestetti builds into his shoe are nothing but camera distortions :D.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
    5 people like this.
  17. Tony Montana

    Tony Montana Senior member

    Messages:
    150
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    +1

    I have found this to be the case with many shoes, actually. I don't think it's a camera/photography thing, though, it's just to do with viewing angles, in general.

    Check out these pics (courtesy of Adam Nohlborg) all showing the same Bestetti Maverick:
    http://photos-b.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xpa1/924181_548680075220249_1214292511_n.jpg
    http://photos-c.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xap1/1389676_190591641129858_1723960188_n.jpg
    http://photos-c.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xap1/1209609_647227335300682_1529931576_n.jpg
    http://distilleryimage6.ak.instagram.com/b735fc4c632c11e385d60a1aa2973036_8.jpg
    http://photos-a.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xpf1/10369358_1391138444508464_1582406121_n.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  18. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

    Messages:
    1,029
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2009
    

    Very very good.
    Thank you for posting it,
    it very very interesting.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
    1 person likes this.
  19. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Taipei
    

    Great news Stephan!

    Both of the shoes above are made with his `smart round` MARQUESS ROUND style. The chestnut one based his sample last and the chocolate one based on a client`s foot. While the sample is obviously made to look slim and smart, I really like how the `real world` one came out very classic looking.
     
  20. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

    Messages:
    11,981
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    
    gorgeous lasts
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by