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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    any king sizes??
     
  2. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Reminds me of Carreducker. They even had their own school when the shoes they made are simply underwhelming... Whatever pays the bill I guess.
     
  3. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    I think Ms Carre and Mr Ducker just run a short (week or two weeks or something) introductory course a couple of times and year. I'd be surprised if any product of that was any more than "underwhelming"! And didn't they both work for JL before, rather that starting up post-apprenticeship?
     
  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hi Fang,

    Regarding the Kamioka shoes, they stock up to size 9 (27cm) at the store. For a little extra (¥5000), they can do MTO up to size 10.5 (28.5). The store is located in the Daiichi Hotel in Shinbashi, may be worth a trip to see their collection (the shoes look better in person vs their online pics, plus more selection) :)

    I plan to do a detailed writeup on their collection / shoes soon, but perhaps on a new thread (since they're not exactly Japanese shoes)

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  5. Fang66

    Fang66 Senior member

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    Cheers nc.
     
  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    7.17 Judgement Day: Isetan's Summer Sale starts today!

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    Let us spend money!!

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    Isetan MEN's entrance. 30min before opening

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    Ok, so the line extends down the corner

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    okay....I expected this

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    another corner...

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    I am not happy....

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    Finally got to the end

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    Time to line up!

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    Woohoo!

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    GIVE ME SHOES!!!!

    Shoes are basically 30% off retail, which is a great deal for many Japanese. Here's some of the sale prices I jotted down...

    Edward Green: ¥105,000
    EG Dover: ¥115,000
    CJ Handgrade: ¥63,000
    Vass F Last: ¥63,000
    Perfetto: ¥36,000
    Meermin: ¥30,000~$47,000
    Sanyo Yamacho: ¥44,000~¥50,000
    Jalan Srivijaya: ¥21,000
    Otsuka Shoes: ¥26,000
    Union Imperial: ¥26,000

    btw the largest size I saw was size 9 (27)
     
  7. bozzkeren

    bozzkeren Senior member

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    man, the queue give me the chills, last time i had to queue like that when i'm eating sushi at tsukiji
    this is on another scale

    does the sale include new line up? or just for the old stock?
    also do you see shoe tree on the sale?
    thanks
     
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  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They had both....they're trying to get rid of the new seasonal shoes (summer loafers and what not), and also stuffs from way back....
    The EG selection wasn't so back....a couple of different Dovers were on sale.
    The selection of Japanese brands (Sanyo Yamacho, Otsuka, Perfetto) looked great (as expected)

    Yeah they did have shoe trees for sale, but one of those simple split toe type (in red cedar)...for ¥3600 or so.
     
  9. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    That many people for 30% off only? Retailer can still defend the price well in Japan I suppose.
     
  10. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Isetan carries some of the largest selection of classic menswear brands, and they were 30% off across the board (which is fantastic)

    For shoes though, I was a bit disappointed that a lot of the staple designs/colors were excluded from the sale. Some nicer brands (Corthay, JMW, Alden, Carmina, and even Japanese brand Corno Blu) were excluded altogether.
    Though a lot of people seemed quite ecstatic with the offering :lol:
     
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  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I like Barney's sale better.

    And people wonder why Asians travel to Europe and buying out everything.
     
  12. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shoeshine at Kutsumigaki Honpo

    Kutsumigaki Honpo (aka Shoeshine Tokyo), established 5 years ago and easily recognised for their French cafe' inspired booths, has quickly become a favorite among the white collared workers of downtown Tokyo. Now with 5 locations in and around Tokyo, they offer a wide range of repair jobs, in addition to their signature shoeshine. They even offer shoe polish classes/seminars each month for hobbyists/amateurs. Their newest location, a shoeshine boutique store (in collaboration with Kamioka) is located in a 5 star Daiichi Hotel in downtown Tokyo. That is where I met Mr. Fujimoto Hideki, the owner of Kutsumigaki Honpo / Shoeshine Tokyo chain. He offered to nourish/polish a new pair of shoes that I took home (more on that pair later...)

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    Fujimoto Hideki san, the mastermind of Shoeshine Tokyo.

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    Untying the laces

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    Brushing & Dusting

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    Inserting the shoe trees

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    Light cleaning with a proprietary conditioner

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    Renovator!

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    Hand rubbing the reno

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    Brushing after the reno

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    Saphir creme polishes. He used 2 shades of brown to match the shoe color

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    Rub rub

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    Now time for wax polishing. Another proprietary formula...looked pretty hard and dry

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    The toes

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    The heels

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    .... and a light coat on the entire shoe

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    Voilà! I asked for a matt shine and they came out just right

    For this nourish & polish service, the whole process took 15 minutes or so. A basic shoeshine takes 10 minutes or so (and the shoes are kept on). Among the specialised services offered here, there is the 'John Lobb Care & Shine' for discerning owners of JLP shoes who only wants to use JLP brand polishes (although they are essentially Saphirs....). There is also an 'Alden Care & Shine' course that only uses Alden brand cordovan polishes. I've been told that guests at the hotel can have their shoes picked up for a shine / repair by a bell boy.

    Many thanks to Fujimoto-san for an excellent shine!

    Kutsumigaki Honpo @ Daiichi Hotel, Tokyo HP
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  13. clee1982

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    That looked better than some of the insane mirror shine, it blended better instead of nothing, then mirror shine toe in your face
     
  14. JermynStreet

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    I love the Japanese's pride in these small things. Details aren't part of the art, they [/B] are the art.
     
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  15. Fang66

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    Went to Isetan today, salesman recognised me, I looked at a pair of chukkas, "do you have these in my size"? No sorry. "do you have anything in my size"? No sorry. :fu: :cloud: :censored: :( :cry:
     
  16. striker

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    I hear you brother.
     
  17. Fang66

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    Nice post, thanks nc.
     
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  18. Fang66

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    I went to Ueno and bought a pair of gold golf shoes just to slake my lust. F! U! Nice shoes. :facepalm:
     
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  19. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    :facepalm:

    I hope you had better luck with clothes.....
     
  20. Fang66

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    Only had 10 minutes spare to drop in. Not really in the market for clothes though.
     

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