Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, the Parade Gloss
     


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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...
     


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    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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    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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    aha exactly, you the man!
     


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    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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    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?
     


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


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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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    I believe most species of seal (in particular the European ones) are listed as endangered.

    Search eBay: You'll find occasionally Church's shoes from the 50s/60s made from "Fighting Seal".
     


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    Seal? No. I am over myself enough to get on without it.
    Pigs are great. But you can use more than the pelts. It is not that I am some insane militant vegan or the like.I think they are idiotic, really.
    I have no issue eating pork. Dog? That is nasty. Same for cats and I do not particularly like cats.
    Human greed unrestrained is awful. There need be a limit to everything.
    Honestly, it is humans that need to be pared down. 7B+ going strong yet so many are pure misery. I prefer the average sea turtle.
    Rather observe them in the world than on some thoughtless narcissist's foot or back.
     


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    With Japan's large consumption of various marine lives, why waste the potential leather byproducts.
     
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    You served your hipster location well.

    Now you should know the best way to zero out your own carbon footprint.
     


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    Gambit,

    Seals are not endangered. There are (literally) millions of them. Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and Namibia allow seal hunting by quota. But the EU does not allow import of seal products, mainly due to public pressure from anti seal-hunting activists in the 80s. Most seal exports from countries where they are hunted, are to Asia and Russia. I'm not aware of any well-known tanneries producing seal leather these days, so it would be interesting to know if someone Japan is tanning them as bare hides rather than furred pelts. I don't find seals any more controversial than other plentiful animals subject to an organised cull or hunting, e.g. elk, elephant, etc.

    Turtles are all endangered. I don't think any country allows them to be hunted.

    I'm glad you're "over yourself" whatever that means. But seal meat is also eaten, so the only case for pigs being more acceptable as shoe leather than seals, is that you eat bacon. But as pigs are both significantly more intelligent and aware than seals, and intensively farmed and slaughtered, I think there's a pretty strong case for sealskin being more ethical, inherently, than pigskin (or bacon for that matter!). I don't like cats much either, I do like dogs. But that's not why I don't eat them - I just think they're too high up the brain chain. Like pigs. And dolphins.

    Chogal, I take your point, while whales are being taken there is an argument for not wasting what is there. But I'm personally opposed to whaling on both conservation and the above (brain-rating!) grounds, so I wouldn't feel honest to participate in that particular "industry".
     


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