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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. The Lesser Evil

    The Lesser Evil Member

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    In other words I have to go to Japan. Gotcha what about Imai Hiroki? How one order shoes from this shoemaker?


    http://www.imaihiroki.com/
     
  2. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think Imai-san used to take orders online, but not anymore. Ital Style (located mainly in the Kansai area) takes MTO orders for him year round. There are also occasional trunk shows here and there (most recently at Osaka`s Hankyu).
     
  3. Fang66

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    Not sure Spinglemove or Onitsuka Tiger make actual running shoes, more fashion sneakers.
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Onitsuka Tigers makes one of the best minimalist running shoes.
     
  5. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    or old school jogging shoes :)
     
  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    going off tangent, baseball jersey jackets with tatoo like embroideries worn by yakusa type of people are so nice. anyone knows a good source in US?
     
  7. Fang66

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    Yes, they are widely available in the land of Are You Fucking Joking!
     
  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    :lol:
     
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  9. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Time to get a Visa and visit them!
     
  12. sthenosall

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    Hi all,
    I am not a Japanese shoe guy, though I was just flipping through and love the look of many of them. I have a question. I picked up a sport coat recently at a vintage place by Issey Miyake. It has a hand written label and I do not speak or read japanese. I have been wondering what it says under "quality". I have been trying to find a translation or something similar to no avail. I though that someone here might be able to help.

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    Sorry to butt into the thread but I just had to give it a shot. Thanks guys!
     
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  13. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No problem buddy :fonz:

    It says `Cashmere Flannel`
     
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  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Il Quadrifoglio
    Hinged Shoe tree for Bespoke

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  15. takashi78

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    Why does the front have to bend up like this?
     
  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dress shoes are designed with a slight curvature upwards toward the toe (toe spring). The curve looks more prominent on wooden lasts and lasted shoetrees (and also because they don`t have the heel lift to prop it up from the back). Sorry for my lousy description but I hope you get the point.

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    Wooden lasts by Yuki Shirahama Bottier.
     
  17. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    An irresistibly charming pair of Handsewn Baby Shoes by Gentille 79 (Endou Koji) :)

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    Not exactly functional (not intended to), but nevertheless an excellent baby gift! :)

    If you recall from my earlier post, Endou-san is a former pupil of M. Anthony Delos. He currently runs his own bespoke operation in Tokyo.

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    Endou san and M.Delos (on his recent visit to Tokyo)

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  18. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Pupil of Delos. Very interesting. So many interesting makers in Japan, so little money and time.
     
  19. barky

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    How true. However most of the MTOs are priced very keenly for the level of craftmanship offered. Makes going to Japan potentially very dangerous for me now.
     
  20. add911_11

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    Hello Nutcracker, I have a question for you....

    It seems Japan has the highest rate of young shoe makers around the Asia region. May I ask how is the shoe market in Japan like? Do 'modest' a.k.a average Joe supports the local handmade shoe market? I mean the bespoke stuff and not the High end Japanese or Western RTW shoes one can buy in Superstore.

    In relation to my own experience, I find bespoke shoe market in Europe is generally a very tough place, there is only a small amount of people into bespoke shoes. Some of my friends, who are trained under bespoke big names struggle to survive in freelance bespoke shoe making and turn to shoe enterprise ( e.g. kurt geiger )

    Do young, aspiration Japanese shoe maker who charges very modest pricing (e.g. under £2000 for fully bespoke) manages to sustain their business?
     

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