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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. TehBunny

    TehBunny Senior member

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    Thanks so much; great great great; surprised to see Vass in prestige when they are so cheap direct.
     
  2. Fang66

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    You are not accounting for import duty, tax on imported shoes here is astronomical. 30 ~ 60% I believe. I've seen various used Vass shoes going for more than European retail.
     
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    Probably been in that store 20 times and I never once noticed the facade.

    Thanks for the posts nt.
     
  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If I recall correctly, import duty for shoes is 30%. Vass goes for ¥89,000 in Isetan. So yeah, they belong in the 'high end' area :lol:
     
  5. Ilovelobbs

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    Thank you for this NC - Isetan makes the combined Harrods and Selfridges men shoes department look small....We must meet up when I do
    visit next.

    I am very priviledged to know my favourite shoes are classed as prestige, especially when I can source them at a fraction of Isetan prices.

    Anthony Cleverley
    Corthay
    Edward Green
    JM Weston
    John Lobb

    Napolitano Rachele
    Otsuka Limited
    Santoni Limited
    Silvano Lattanzi
    Stephano Bemer
    Vass

    Yohei Fukuda (Bespoke)
     
  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks TB! I've never seen an English guide to shoe shopping in Tokyo, so I thought why not. Hope it'll be useful when you visit!! :)


    Yeah, the building doesn't look all that distinctive until you stop and look at the details......fyi Mitsukoshi at Nihonbashi is quite nice too (built in 1914)
     
  7. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks!! AC and Lobb Prestige shoes both go for ¥210,000 +.....(1340 GBP or so, 5%VAT included) :uhoh:
     
  8. TehBunny

    TehBunny Senior member

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    U got bemer's lobb; please post (post in shoe porn as would be offtopic)!
     
  9. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Bunny - it's a copy & bold error on my side...I don't have a Bemer. If I ask Justin (Shoe Snob) nicely I am sure he can source me a pair.

    I thought Lobbs Prestige JLP be at least double in Japan.... £1340 isn't far off from European prices....

    JLP Lobbs in Geneva about 1800 to 2000 CHF = £1500......when I walk past the Geneva shop every lunch time, there a nice smirk
    on my face - knowing I can get these in the UK for Vass kinda money....
     
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  10. The False Prophet

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    Is that Kiwi polish I see on the table?!
     
  11. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, the Parade Gloss
     
  12. clee1982

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    yup looks like Kiwi, forgot which issue of Last, but they were comparing each polish, Kiwi was rated as having one of the highest shine, but mediocre in other areas...
     
  13. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You're referring to this right? :)

    I posted this trans. a couple of years ago...here it is!

    open the link for better resolution
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  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sure?? Isetan's shoe floor is nice, but I recall the new shoe section in Selfridges being absolutely enormous.... :)
     
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  15. clee1982

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    aha exactly, you the man!
     
  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you're interested in the method taught by Hasegawa san from the youtube video, here is an article I translated some time ago

    fyi, he uses saphir / kiwi for wax polishes, and makes his own cream polishes.

    open the link for higher resolution!
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  17. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Have the magazines but always easier to read English translations!!

    By the way, do Japan produce any exotic marine life leather (that other countries couldn't produce), such as whale, dolphin, or maybe seal or sea turtle?
     
  18. mimo

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    I would hope they don't do "sea turtle" given the seriously endangered status of those species. Whale and dolphin are a bit near the knuckle too. But seal...hell, I'd do seal....
     
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  19. gambit50

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    The trivial, limitless greed and lack of regard for anything beyond one's immediate gratification on display is appalling.
    Disgusting.
     
  20. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    You wouldn't wear seal then? Feel free to elaborate.

    Me, I draw the line at pigskin. Pigs are smart. Wouldn't buy pig any more than I'd buy dog or dolphin. And of course, regarding turtles, endangered species need to be protected.
     

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