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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Senior member

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    Hi, I'm trying to get a pair of Union Imperials online. But I don't possess the necessary Japanese language skills.

    Does anyon know if they have an international site? If not, could any fellow Tokyo members help proxy?

    Super thanks,
    Andrew
     
  2. Stefan88

    Stefan88 Senior member

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    Forgot my real camera but took some cellphone ones.
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    Chose something in between the two chiseled lasts, with the pattern from the right one (Marquess Square). A real full brogue, not imitation.
    Old stock Freudenberg chocolate calf leather.
     
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  3. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    The freudenberg leather looks flat to me.
     
  4. Stefan88

    Stefan88 Senior member

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    Not sure what you mean by that, but it has very small pores and takes a shine easily. The trial pairs were made in some cheaper leather.

    Fit was very good, and my round last will be improved a bit so I can have my first pair relasted when it needs a resole.
     
  5. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Color depth. But probably just the picture, and lack of patina as they're new
     
  6. p.henrik

    p.henrik Senior member

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    I think those are the trial pairs.
     
  7. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I guess you prefer painted shoes.
     
  8. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Behr is the best.
     
  9. Stefan88

    Stefan88 Senior member

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    It is quite flat I guess. Aniline leather if I'm not mistaken. I'm not after any kind of patina made up front though. Time and Wear can take care of that :)
     
  10. Jayess

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    Hi All - I will be making a trip to Japan (Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka) early Nov. this year and was planning on expanding my shoe/boot rotation. My budget would be low-mid tier (starting from AE up to Carmina quality/price point). For those of you in the know, which local stores & brands would you recommend based on my budget/quality comparisons?
     
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  11. Stefan88

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    Don't buy foreign shoes in Japan. They cost more then Europe at least due to 30% tax on leather shoes. There are some Japanese brands that are good. I would check out Miyagi Kogyo that are sold at various locations. About the same as Carmina or Crocket & Jones. Japanese feet are different from abroad though, so the last may be difficult. Has to be tried I guess.
     
  12. Jayess

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    Thanks, yes I was referring to Japanese brands - I will check that one out. I live in Canada with hardly any shoe options so I will have to pay a premium on shipping + taxes + duties if I order online...figured I may get some deals visiting the shops in Japan. Unfortunately not planning on going to Europe anytime soon
     
  13. takashi78

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    I can add on to that, all the department stores like Isetan i went to, trying to hunt for local Japanese brand shoes.
    Sadly non fit in terms of width. No one has anything wider than a "D".
     
  14. Stefan88

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    I had a fitting on Thursday last week, and Shoji had already made some changes and a new fitting pair produced. The fit was already good, but got even better. Will be changed slightly more, but really chasing perfection now. Service is just tremendous.
    I'll post some more pictures when I get better internet.


    New pair of trial shoes
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    Last and what not
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  15. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    ^^^ Splendid!
     
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  16. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    How many trial pair do they make, that's some dedications
     
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  17. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Senior member

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    You mean no one had a narrower than a D? They are almost surely all wider than a D...
     
  18. takashi78

    takashi78 Senior member

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    NO ONE had a E-width.
    ALL that i saw, the ones i liked are D or below.
     
  19. Stefan88

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    Usually one I guess, but he's a perfectionist and I appreciate that.

    Here's a pic of the first pair of trial shoes.
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    And Shoji and one of his apprentices and me.
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  20. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gosh, Marquess seems to be growing fast.

    A year ago it was just Shoji and Yuriko (husband and wife).
    Six months ago it was just one apprentice.
    Now there seem to be several of them..

    Where will it all end?


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    Marquess apprentices reporting for duty in the morning.
     

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