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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    bengal-stripe, have you any info on when and where that pinched toe was born? I've only ever seen examples of this eccentric shape on Corthay's pairs and now this Japanese chap's offerings.
     
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have no idea if anyone (earlier than Corthay) has used that (or a similar) toe shape previously. Maybe Cothay "invented" it, maybe he was inspired by something historical. There have been all kind of weird shoes over the last few hundred years.

    I cannot say, I find that toe shape desirable. But then........"One man's meat is another man's poison!"
     
  3. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    Corthay "Satan", for reference...


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  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Rome's very own Marini is having a bespoke show right now at Tie Your Tie, Tokyo....ends tomorrow..maybe I'll take a peek
     
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  5. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shoe Shopping in Aoyama, Tokyo

    Had a chance to stroll around the Aoyama district in Tokyo (a walkable distance from my place). Mainly a quiet residential neighbourhood, the place is nevertheless littered with museums, eateries, antique shops, and fashion boutiques that seem to occupy every other building. And yes, lots of stores carrying fine footwear. So for those thinking about visiting Tokyo, here is a little guide to the shoe brands available in the Aoyama area.

    Here is a fine map of the Aoyama area created by the folks at BRIFT H. Stores are concentrated around and between the Miyuki Street (above) and the Kotto Street (below). Fashion boutiques tend to center around the former, while more artsy establishments (galleries, antique shops, and for my purpose, shoe stores) seem to surround the latter.

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    So let's start from Brift H, where you can get your own A3 size copy of this map....

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    Brift H, shoe polish extraordinaire. Bring in your shoes and watch Mr. Hasegawa and his boys do some magic.

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    Right below Brift H, is Tailor & Cutter (Bespoke suits).
    Mr. Arita was trained as a cutter in Gieves & Hawkes London, and as a tailor in Ichibankan, Tokyo.

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    Some Aoyama landmarks.....Prada, but sorry not interested

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    Nezu Museum, the other landmark, nice shades

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    Happy Strollers...surprisingly, the whole area is relatively car-free

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    Garden creatures...Okamoto Taro Museum

    So lets go looking for shoes....

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    The Lakota House. Everything Alden. They also carry their house brand Pegman

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    Paraboot

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    Maison Corthay

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    The General Store carries Anthony Cleverley

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    Lloyd Footwear for fine English shoes

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    Look what I found, a Ring Jacket boutique. They stock Gaziano & Girling

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    Tie Your Tie. You can order bespoke shoes by Il Micio: Hidetaka Fukaya, and Rome's very own Marini.Oh yeah they sell ties too

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    British Made for Church's and Cheaney

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    JM Weston

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    Classic menswear powerhouse, Strasburgo. They are the distributor of Edward Green in Japan

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    Vulcanize London. A fortress of British luxury stuffs. You can get Crockett & Jones here

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    Trading Post for pretty much every other brand: St.Crispin, Trickers, Carmina, C&J, Bestetti, Allen Edmonds, C&J, and also Japanese brand Soffice & Solid. They also take orders for the MTO brand Hall & Marks.

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    Across Trading Post....The Art of Shoemaking. Peek in the glass door and you'll see Yohei Fukuda hard at work

    So there you go. Right next to the Aoyama area, there are the Harajuku area and Omotesando area for more shopping. That's a good 1/2 day in Tokyo for you.

    Thanks to BRIFT H for helping me out (and for the map)
    www.brift-h.com
     
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  6. BespokeMakers

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    Aoyama is one of the most sophisticated areas in the 23 wards of Tokyo.
    Yuya Hasegawa of Brift H, His shoe shine technique is brilliant performance!


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  7. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hasegawa started out as a street side shoeshiner....quite a remarkable story, and of course, Talent!! I read that he is eyeing Hong Kong (or somewhere else in Asia) to open another store.... btw, there are actually no shoebrush acrobatics at the store......only for the video :lol:
     
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  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Il Micio Bespoke, antique finish by Brift H

    Quite daring, I must say....

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    from Brift H FB
     
  9. chogall

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    thats a lot of wax to shine a pair of hatch grains...
     
  10. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A less charitable viewer (yours truly) might say: "How to ruin a fine pair of shoes!" :D
     
  11. BespokeMakers

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    Lino's favorite[​IMG]

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  12. BespokeMakers

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    hand sewn welted boot maker o.e. by Osamu Egawa
    10th anniversary and New design Release!!!

    May.30.2013 (Thu) 〜 June.2.2013 (Sun)

    http://www.h6.dion.ne.jp/~snug/

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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Nice! I may want to drop by......
     
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    clee1982 Senior member

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    +1...
     
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  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not for the faint hearted....that is for sure

    looks like a non-reversible job
     
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