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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. poorsod

    poorsod Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't be surprised because you are giving them free publicity to an English speaking audience that they wouldn't have otherwise reached.
     
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  2. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    thank you nutcracker for all of your hard work
     
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  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Oooo, the new MEN'S EX and MEN'S Precious are out today. Lots of pretty fall/winter clothes and shoes!
     
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    I've never even seen MEN'S Precious before...
     
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    They look very decent and reasonable value to me, and I think the pricing is actually below AE in Japan. I really don't know much about them except that I believe they are imported into Japan by a company called Life Gear, a subsidiary of The Mitsubishi Corp (they also own Trading Post I believe), so they are not made in Japan.
     
  7. VRaivio

    VRaivio Well-Known Member

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    ...I still feel PG should have at least mentioned the source for nutcracker's scanlations. Loaning is fine but it's only courteous to give credit where credit is due.

    On another note, I don't remember reading about nutty's favourite Japanese cordwainers. There's much to choose from, but do you have favourites?
     
  8. jasonmx3

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    The sales lady told me that the shoes are made in Japan. But she could just be saying that too. In any case, the finishing and detailing were very good -- definitely better than AE's. From what I saw, I would even say that the finishing is at par (or close) to C&Js.

    And yeah, AEs in Japan are twice their US prices. When I said AE was cheaper, I was referring to US AE prices.

    I just might go ahead and get a pair this weekend. Hopefully, they're really as well made as they (initially) appear to be.
     
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  9. Fang66

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    Pics when you do.
     
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    Trading Post Originals are made by Central Shoes in Tokyo. The lasts were developed jointly by Trading Post and Central, and apparently they are inspired/modelled after English bespoke samples to look and fit as authentic as possible. The leathers are sourced from Italy.

    Central Shoes makes Goodyear welted shoes in various price points (to their clients' needs), and I've only heard good words about them. Central also makes for Corno Blu, Sanyo Yamacho, and they also have their own collection (with their namesake) sold at the World Footwear Gallery. They are all a bit more expensive (vs TP Originals).
     
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    Thanks, nutcracker. I now recall the sales lady also saying that their leather is sourced from Italy (but the shoes are made in Japan). She actually said that the craftsmanship involved in making their shoes are much better than most shoes in the same price point (US$400~). According to her, they are also fully recraftable (for about $130).

    I'm going back to the store this weekend and would most likely get a pair. Hopefully their lasts fit me well.

    Yup, definitely! [​IMG]
     
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    I just remembered that I managed to get a picture during my last visit -- although it's a bit dark. Will try to take better ones this weekend.

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    Nice! I've also heard that they are excellent for the price. Hopefully they will fit you well!

    Is it the Trading Post Aoyama you went to? I recall they have some Dimitri Gomez and Besteti Handgrades in the store... worth to check them out!!
     
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    More Japanese shoes in French!! Atlantico via Parisan Gentleman

    Would have been interesting if they had sought out some Japanese shoemakers trained in France (or are still currently in France)
     
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    Thanks nc
     
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    Yeah I've seen them irl, been tempted, they look very nice and good value.
     
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    Hiroshi Arai Trunk Show @ World Footwear Gallery 10/5~10/15

    Hiroshi Arai is the mastermind behind the excellent Miyagi Kogyo RTW collection, also available in WFG. He launched his own MTO collection a couple of years ago, which are also made at the Miyagi Kogyo factory. Priced generously from ¥43,000 yen or so ($440). Available in a comprehensive lineup of lasts, models, materials, soles, and sizes, they are certainly some of the better MTO deals available in Japan, IMO.

    Some of the more interesting MTO ideas:

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    Patine finishes are offered by the shoe colorist Yusche Ito, formerly from Corthay Paris.

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    Plaintoes in Blue Cordovan by Shinki Hikaku. Cordovans are ¥31500 extra.

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    Plaintoes in d.brown sealskin. Sealskins are ¥16,800 extra

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    Plaintoes in grey elephant hide, a ¥31,500 option. Not as expensive as I thought.

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    Saddle shoes in Red Cordovan by Shinki Hikaku.

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    Chukka in green Camelhide. Has a wonderful, consistent texture. No extra charge.

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    Sidelaces, patinated by Yusche Ito.

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    Brogues in Horween Chromexel and C.F.Stead Suede combo

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    Among my favorites. Penny loafer (also happens to be the same exact model/last as the Miyagi Kogyo RTW offering)

    World Footwear Gallery
    H-Arai homepage
     
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    Bottega Tramoda. Daikanyama
     
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