Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Senior member

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    An example of the final shoe I have chosen. I opted for 5 eyelets rows instead of six. The leather is black, but finished off in Burgundy polish - hence the laces and sole contrast.

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  3. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Reminds me of the joke about East Germany. A Texas car collector heard that the hardest car in the world to get hold of new was the Trabant, which had a multi-year waiting list. To get something nobody else had, he flew to Saxony to see if he could cut a deal. And so delighted were the plant managers to get hard currency that they put him right to the front of the queue.

    Back home, he bragged about his success, taking particular care to note the courtesy the East Germans had given him. "They were so glad to have an American customer that not only did they give me a tour of the factory, but they sent home a life-sized paper model to drive until the real one comes."

    Although these look much nicer than a Trabant.
     


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    Insole on trial shoes...

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    Hi guys, what are some Japanese RTW retailers that have an english friendly site that ships internationally? I've discovered most European lasts just don't fit my low volume/instep foot.
     


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    Second fitting by Bolero, given my too slender feet, Watanabe-san have to give me third fitting to reduce the volume of heel cup.
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    Anyone have shoes made by Ryota Hayafuji and willing to share the experience?
     


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    I like how the single monk looks like a sandal after Watanabe-san has sliced it. :D
     


  9. galileo

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    I shall ask him to keep it next time and wear it like hell lol
     


  10. j ingevaldsson

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    Today I received the second pair of fitting shoes from Main d'Or/Eiji Murata. The shoes are made in the same leather as the final pair (just bad parts), hand welted (to be as close to the real pair as possible, to give a good feel of the fit), with cemented leather sole and properly built heels. These will be worn for a few weeks now before I visit Japan again for the final fitting session.

    The shoes are very nicely made for being trial shoes, and the fact that he bothers to do things like a hand braided reinforcement stitch at the bottom of the lacing on a pair of fitting shoes is just crazy.

    Initial impression of the fit is very good. Toe boxes a bit too low, maybe a tiny bit more extra space for right inner ball, a couple of other small things. Will know more once worn a while.

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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you, Alex. I'd like things that don't suck for five hundred dollars.
     


  12. galileo

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    Upcoming Clemantis Ginza Truck show - sample & finished shoes come first

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