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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. jasonmx3

    jasonmx3 Senior member

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    +1111111111111!
     
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    Thanks. Good tip!
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you're in an emergency to get some Saphir polishes in the middle of the night, Donki got you covered :)
     
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    What do you guys think about Boot Black?
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've tried several of their products before. Not so much a fan of their signature high-shine regimen (base, coat, polish water), but their cleaner/conditioner, leather sole conditiner, and their edge coloring ink proved to be very useful.

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    Light cleaner/conditioner (clear color). Quite easy to use without fear of over stripping.

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    Leather sole conditioner.

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    Edge coloring ink, with an applicator attached to the lid. Pretty bottle


    Their premium shoe cream ('Collections' series) looks promising. Apparently they contain more pigments and fewer solvents vs other brands.
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    Bootblack website
     
  6. jasonmx3

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    NC, I'm trying to look for a good leather conditioner/cleaner for calf. I just want to confirm, is this the one that you've been using?

    http://tinyurl.com/kkkh5w2

    It just says leather lotion on the bottle (just like in your picture), so I want to make sure this is what you're referring to as the leather conditioner/cleaner. Also, there's a "mild" version -- have you any experience using that? Thanks!

    http://tinyurl.com/p5a3pnp
     
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    How would a leather sole conditioner differ from the ones you use on the shoe itself?
    Aren't both "leather" ?
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes that is it. Never tried the mild version (brown) though. The one I actually use now is the M. Mowbray Stain Remover. Similarly light, water based cleaner. Cost a lot less than BB version. :) Amazon.jp link
     
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    The BB leather sole conditioner is thick and creamy. I suppose it contains lots of oils to penetrate and moisten the sole. It also contains some mildew-proof agents? (not exactly sure what chemical that is) It works quite well for dry, flaky soles.

    Here is a link to some pictures I took.
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/355694/testing-ingenuity-shoes-by-kamioka/15#post_6520943


    p.s. but yes, a specialised sole conditioner is not a necessity. 'Regular' leather conditioners like the two mentioned above (BB and Mowbray) should do an adequate job cleaning/moistening the soles too, IMO.
     
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    Thanks, NC. I believe both these brands are available at Hankyu Mens and Daimaru. I just might drop by this week and get it from there instead.[​IMG]
     
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    Does it really make a difference?
     
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    The soles of the shoes I have on the link looked quite bad (dry and flaky fibers), days after waddling through several monsoon storms. I think the conditioner (contains oils) did make the leather look healthier.

    Here is an interesting product called the Leatherstick by Abbeyhorn. Yes, made in the UK (buffalo horn) and sold in Japan.

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    Perhaps not its intended purpose, the leatherstick can be used in conjunction with the sole conditioner, for pressing the loose fibers down on the sole.

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    Dry sole

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    Sole conditioner applied

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    The laetherstick is wrapped in cloth and rolled firmly on the sole.

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    Pressing the fibers down flat

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    See the difference? Maybe?

    Link (in Japanese)
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Beautiful. Looks like they're one piece!
     
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    The 89th Tokyo Leather Fair will be held for two days from tomorrow. This is free, but I feel there are few English speakers inside this fair.


    Here are pics of the 88th:

    Leather exhibition

    Demonstration by curriers

    Columbus' booth: shoe care and leather dyeing lessons

    Japan Institute of Leather Research's booth
     
  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Fascinating! Looks like quite a few tanneries from overseas are exhibiting too!

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Buckles look to me very prominent, but this is very beautiful. Most of photos of Kawaguchi-san are real shoes for clients and look pretty good.
     
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    Thanks nutcracker, how does this compare with Saphir?
     
  19. VegTan

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    Unfortunately, only some leathers come from Lineapelle

    http://tlf.jp/feature/561.php
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  20. VegTan

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    The buckles seem to be transplanted from Chrome Hearts^^

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