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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. beargonefishing

    beargonefishing Distinguished Member

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    So damn good. How many bespoke pairs do you have now from Japan?
     

  2. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks guys!

    I have four pairs from Yohei Fukuda, three from Hiro Yanagimachi (though they are on a modified standard last, since his international last fits me really well with some smaller changes), and then this from Main d'Or.
     

  3. beargonefishing

    beargonefishing Distinguished Member

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    When you write in the article that he only makes 15 shoes a year, does that refer to just new customer shoes or all shoes from new and existing customers? With the base price of €2,600, I don't see how that works economically.
     

  4. Concordia

    Concordia Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Actually, that amounts to 7.5 pairs.
     

  5. Krish the Fish

    Krish the Fish Distinguished Member

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    You wise man!!
     

  7. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Senior Member

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    Beautiful shoes indeed! The attention to detail is stunning. Enjoy.

    Was it by design that the shoes' lace guards don't close flush at the throat?
     

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  9. Krish the Fish

    Krish the Fish Distinguished Member

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    I went with my John Lobb 7000 last sizing. So I wear UK 9E in Lobb, and 9.5/10E in EG and went with a 9E with YF
     

  10. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    15 pairs is an estimate, and years when he has more orders from existing customers he makes more pairs. Where he lives quite far outside Tokyo it's relatively cheap, and he doesn't have that much expenses living the life he does. Plus, as mentioned, he also teaches and has extra income on that (which also takes time of from his shoemaking).

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    Thanks! You mean that the lacing doesn't close entirely? In general I want it to be a bit opened, to give some flexibility of how hard it should be laced, and since this is the first wear pictured it has to be opened a bit, otherwise it wouldn't work once they have been broken in.
     

  11. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    During my latest trip to Tokyo I finally had the time to visit some factories as well. One of them were the factory of Union Royal, some pics from there below, more in the report on my blog:

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  12. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Stylish Dinosaur

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    well executed dover-esque model. did you try and on, and / or buy any shoes during the visit?
     

  13. angusangus

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    From reading through the thread, I've been absolutely smitten by the craftsmanship from some of these makers. But I see that many of them favour elongated and pointed or chiseled lasts -- even in their more 'round toe' lasts -- would I have any difficulty getting a truly classic round toe in the style of the EG202 from someone like Fukuda or Murata ?
     

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    Both are bespoke makers. so it should be no problem. Fukuds may be less flexible about the toe shape.
     

  15. clee1982

    clee1982 Stylish Dinosaur

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    starting from 350 euro for HW? that's like the only HW player in that range (Meermin is cheaper?, Vass is more expensive), how are the uppers/finish for those HW ones.
     

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