Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    well in any case, you can pretty much buy anything in Japan. You won't get the same range of offering in NYC/London or Paris
     
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    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    I went back 5 pages and couldn't find the Bespoke Pron Thread....so I thought I'll add this pair of bespoke boots made in the 1920's somewhere in the City.
     
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    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    ^^ WOW!
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shoe Shopping in Isetan, Tokyo

    Isetan in an upscale department store located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. A.k.a. the 'Fashion Museum', the Art Deco structure dating from the early 1930's is quite impressive, and just about every luxury brand is represented here. Isetan Mens, a satellite wing devoted to men's fashion, also happens to have a massive selection of high-end shoes.

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    The current Isetan was built in 1933, in a Neo-Gothic / Art Deco style

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    External details. Quite pretty

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    The men's shoes floor. Domestic Shoes on the left side, and nicer shoes on the right. A repair/polishing shop is located on the far left. There are about 20 sales associates here

    Entry Price Shoes
    Isetan Men's (house brand)
    Jalan Sriwijaya
    Madras
    Regal
    Otsuka Since 1872
    Scotch Grain
    Shetland Fox
    Union Imperial
    +whole bunch of other minor brands I never heard of

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    The area on the right is the Upper range RTW shoes / Italian shoes section
    Upper Range Section
    Alden
    Alfred Sargent
    Brooks Brothers
    Cheaney
    Church's
    Corno Blu
    Crockett & Jones
    Grenson
    Meermin
    Otsuka Shoten
    Paraboots
    Perfetto
    Sanyo Yamacho
    Trickers

    Italian Section
    A. Testoni
    Bally
    Betanin Venturi
    Campanile
    Frateli Rossetti
    Magnanni
    Mercariello by Napolitano
    Santoni
    Salvatore Ferragamo
    Tod's

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    The Prestige / High End Area is semi enclosed, so small timers like me won't walk in by mistake.

    Anthony Cleverley
    Corthay
    Edward Green
    JM Weston
    John Lobb
    Napolitano Rachele
    Otsuka Limited
    Santoni Limited
    Silvano Lattanzi
    Stephano Bemer
    Vass
    Zintala
    Yohei Fukuda (MTO & Bespoke)

    There are about 8 or so of Yohei Fukuda's sample shoes displayed at all times. You'll see my fingerprints on each and every one of them :lol:

    So there you go. If you're lucky, you may bump into an order fair /bespoke show of some sort, or even better, visit during the semi-annual sale when most brands go 30% off or more.
     
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    Thanks so much; great great great; surprised to see Vass in prestige when they are so cheap direct.
     
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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.
     
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    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:
     
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    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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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)
     
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    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)
     
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    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:
     
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    U got bemer's lobb; please post (post in shoe porn as would be offtopic)!
     
  14. 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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    Is that Kiwi polish I see on the table?!
     

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