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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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That is unbelievable workmanship; it's a shame that so much of it is at a level and aspect that virtually nobody else will ever get to see and appreciate. Kudos + thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the explanation Jesper. And whilst we are on the detailed subject of shoe innards, grab a whisky and admire my latest acquisition...
 

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Aha, but then we do know that it's not due to material, but how they do the punching/stitching, since dimples on my bespoke with Baker soles are similar to the RTW/MTO ones with Italian insoles.

Very neat indeed. These are my first pair, made five years ago or so. Part of the clean look is since Yohei (and Japanese in general) use less sticky thread wax than standard in Europe. Since, in general, Japanese folks are smaller and lighter than their international customers been some fears that maybe they wouldn't manage to hold up as well for a guy like me who is 192cm long and weigh 100 kg, with this slim waists and neatly done stuff, with less wax holding things together etc. No problems whatsoever yet though, that first pair have been back for a re-heeling and will likely be resoled next year, then we'll see even more how they've hold up inside as well.

Edit: Other clean Japanese hand welting on shoes of mine. Hiro Yanagimachi:




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That is mighty impressive 👌 .The Hiro Yanagimachi looks especially clean.

As for the differences in materials used, I would still be curious if it differs at all to the Bespoke. With regards to say the thickness of the insoles and linings. For an upcharge, I do know you can upgrade to Baker's (linings, insoles, and soles), leather toe puffs, and have the soles hand-stitched (as opposed to machine).
 

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Lovely stuff!


That is mighty impressive 👌 .The Hiro Yanagimachi looks especially clean.

As for the differences in materials used, I would still be curious if it differs at all to the Bespoke. With regards to say the thickness of the insoles and linings. For an upcharge, I do know you can upgrade to Baker's (linings, insoles, and soles), leather toe puffs, and have the soles hand-stitched (as opposed to machine).
If you are curious about that, why don't you just ask him? :)
 

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Since we've been touching upon other stuff here recently (hats), thought I'd just mention this article about the amazing bagmaker Fugee I posted on the blog the other day. I would presume most hear are familiar with the brand. The fact that customers continue to place orders despite the waiting time of over seven years (!) says a lot about the status of Tokyo-based Fugee, run by Yukihiro Fujii and Rie Kimbara. Completely hand stitched bags with hardware designed and made in house to the highest possible level. Fugee has been the gold standard for bespoke leather bags and accessories since the 80’s, and a report from their showroom and workshop should interest all shoe nerds that also admire superb craftsmanship.

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Since we've been touching upon other stuff here recently (hats), thought I'd just mention this article about the amazing bagmaker Fugee I posted on the blog the other day. I would presume most hear are familiar with the brand. The fact that customers continue to place orders despite the waiting time of over seven years (!) says a lot about the status of Tokyo-based Fugee, run by Yukihiro Fujii and Rie Kimbara. Completely hand stitched bags with hardware designed and made in house to the highest possible level. Fugee has been the gold standard for bespoke leather bags and accessories since the 80’s, and a report from their showroom and workshop should interest all shoe nerds that also admire superb craftsmanship.

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I definitely have heard of the brand, but I was taken aback at the quoted completion time. That said, just stunning leathers and craftsmanship, especially when you consider the prices.
 

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Since we've been touching upon other stuff here recently (hats), thought I'd just mention this article about the amazing bagmaker Fugee I posted on the blog the other day. I would presume most hear are familiar with the brand. The fact that customers continue to place orders despite the waiting time of over seven years (!) says a lot about the status of Tokyo-based Fugee, run by Yukihiro Fujii and Rie Kimbara. Completely hand stitched bags with hardware designed and made in house to the highest possible level. Fugee has been the gold standard for bespoke leather bags and accessories since the 80’s, and a report from their showroom and workshop should interest all shoe nerds that also admire superb craftsmanship.

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I want that first briefcase in burgundy even though I'll get close to zero use out of it...
 

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Since we've been touching upon other stuff here recently (hats), thought I'd just mention this article about the amazing bagmaker Fugee I posted on the blog the other day. I would presume most hear are familiar with the brand. The fact that customers continue to place orders despite the waiting time of over seven years (!) says a lot about the status of Tokyo-based Fugee, run by Yukihiro Fujii and Rie Kimbara. Completely hand stitched bags with hardware designed and made in house to the highest possible level. Fugee has been the gold standard for bespoke leather bags and accessories since the 80’s, and a report from their showroom and workshop should interest all shoe nerds that also admire superb craftsmanship.

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Amazing, but a seven year wait time is insane. I assume payment is upfront, otherwise you might need to think about inflation....
 

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Amazing, but a seven year wait time is insane. I assume payment is upfront, otherwise you might need to think about inflation....
I believe you can choose between paying upfront or splitting 50/50. I mean, inflation only harms Fugee in this this, not the customer.
 

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