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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. meister

    meister Senior member

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    Blows the UK shoe manufacturers outta da water.
     
  2. ThinkDerm

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    How much and how can we buy?
     
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    On the blog it says its ~$1,000. Don't those slots look small though, even for 1 shoe?
     
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    I think, the stool is not for shoe storage, but for shoe care items (brushes, polishes etc.) The idea is, you sit on the stool, while you polish your shoes, and rest the tools on the pull-out tray.

    For $ 1,000 you cannot buy that crocodile/alligator hide. This hide (covering three sides of the cube) is huge and must have come from a very old animal. The price of a skin will increase disproportionately with the size as large hides are extremely rare.
     
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  5. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    10k USD as per blog (1 million yen)
     
  6. ThinkDerm

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    for shoe care supplies
     
  7. ezlau

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    My bad, wrong currency conversion :embar: $10,000 for a shoe shine stool is too rich for my blood.
     
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    Makes me wonder why they haven't shown more interest in making their shoes available outside Japan. Not everyone can fly to Tokyo for an appointment. But give me a website where I can buy and I am in.
     
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    Before Abe's second term, these goods are prohibitively expensive... Now after JPY got its 25% discount, the bespokes are now price competitive.
     
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  10. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah I think Japanese shoes manufacturers should seriously consider expanding their customer base overseas.
    I've read that the upcoming FTA agreement and others may bring an end to the infamous 30% tariffs on leather shoes in Japan....
     
  11. meister

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    I hear you but when you see the size of some of these Aussie "salties" (salt water crocs) - which reportedly have the best croc hides in the world - you have to wonder why this is the case.

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  12. ThinkDerm

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    that photo is from south america I believe.

    there was a 22 footer in SE asia that died a year or so ago
     
  13. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Imai Hiroki Trunk Show at Umeda Hankyu Men's, Osaka
    For those living in Osaka, sorry just missed it 5/25~5/26

    Still, enjoy some pretty shoes from his website
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    Imai's MTO shoes start from ¥57,750 incl.VAT ($575 USD) for Blake constructed shoes, and for extra he can also do Blake Rapid or Handsewn Welted shoes. He also allows last customization, which I think is quite generous for this price range.

    He works from his atelier in Himeji city, and all of his shoes are handmade and hand painted by a small team of 3 craftsmen (including himself).

    I know he's been around for a while, and has been featured on several English shoe blogs. I don't think he accepts international orders as for now, though he seems to get plenty of overseas inquiries.

    Website: www.imaihiroki.com
    More images: http://www.facebook.com/imai.hiroki.5/photos
     
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    For 575 USD that looks like a great deal
     
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    He also doesn't have the distribution channel and is based in the middle of nowhere for international travelers.

    Awesome patina though, puts a lot of the forum favorites to shame. Specifically the French guy that ASW interviewed. Talon Rouge or something.
     
  16. meister

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    No that is Brutus of Australia fame about 80 years old and minus a foot.
     
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    geepus, i'd love to get my hands on this exact pair . . . . any proxies available ?


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    Imai's MTO shoes start from ¥57,750 incl.VAT ($575 USD) for Blake constructed shoes, and for extra he can also do Blake Rapid or Handsewn Welted shoes. He also allows last customization, which I think is quite generous for this price range.
     
  18. Fiddler

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    Wonder what he said when he lost that food: "Et tu caesar?"
     
  19. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Imai shoes used to be sold quite aggressively through online retailers (including an official online store), but somehow he abandoned that business model. Now, I believe his shoes are available only through trunk shows (and maybe by visiting his atelier directly). Please correct me if otherwise. I remember he planned to expand overseas, and had a booth at Pitti several years ago. Not sure what happened to his overseas plan. He did his time in Italy (not France) under a shoemaker called Giuseppe Beltramo. Not sure who he is though.
     
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  20. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I dropped by Tie Your Tie Aoyama today and saw a cabinet full of Il Micio / Hidetaka Fukaya bespoke samples. There were about 40 of them, in every possible luxury: croc, elephant, shark, and what not. Definitely worth a trip if you happen to be in Tokyo....sorry no pictures. Maybe if I buy a tie, they'll let me snap some pics.......
     

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