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Koji Suzuki

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by the.chikor, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. sully

    sully Senior member

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    chikor, are you happy about the medallions not being an equal distance from the welt,look at the first angle and it 's quite obvious.After such a long wait and a hefty price is it what to one would expect from such a highly touted maker.
     
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  3. musicguy

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    Koji is definitely the ultimate bespoke shoemaker. It really doesn't get better than him in my book. You are very lucky! Wear them in good health! That is, if you can get yourself to wear them!
     
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    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    awesome shoes. thanks for posting.
     
  5. fritzl

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    what makes you think that? a two years wait is not reasonable?

    understood, that op had the most expensive journey known on sf for his bespoke shoes and garments. good thing. he travelled a lot and this is always a benefit in a man's portfolio.
     
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  6. the.chikor

    the.chikor Senior member

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    Please contact Mr. Suzuki for prices. I am sorry that I did not answer your question about the time. I answered it for another member in this post. It was about 2 years.
     
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    the.chikor Senior member

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    Thank you.
     
  8. the.chikor

    the.chikor Senior member

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    You're welcome
     
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    the.chikor Senior member

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    I have to agree with you there. Thank you for your compliements.
     
  10. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Can you describe fit of both maker?
    Who maker do best fit?
     
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  11. poorsod

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    2 years + travel reveals quite a passion and dedication. I've considered a similar scenario with Delos, but for the cost of travel I might as well try JLP (which I haven't been able to justify the price, yet).
     
  12. the.chikor

    the.chikor Senior member

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    I know, but I have been very busy. I was lukcy to post the pictues that I did.
     
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    Great Question SoS. I would say that they both fit excellent. In fact, I have never experienced any shoe maker who has made me a better fitting shoe than Koji or Anthony. By far, both of these gentlemen are perfectionists, which is demonstrated, for example, in the fit of their respective product.

    Anthony spent a year, I believe, in Germany attending an orthopaedic shoe making school. One thing that he incorporated in the shoes that he made for me was an orthopaedic insole. This insole is padded and form fit to the bottom of my feet. It is very comfortable and also has pragmatic results.

    The plantar suport in the metatarsal area gently elevates the foot, bringing my lateral toes inward. This prevents my outside toe from rubbing on the lateral aspect of the shoe when I walk. Without this feature, I am yet to have a shoe maker produce a pair of shoes that fit me properly (Although, I forewarn all the shoemakers, who all respond in kind that they will have no problems fitting my feet. Their predictions/assertions, I have found, have ultimately failed in part.).

    Besides this special feature, the shoe fits outstanding-for me, as perfect as humanly possible. Keep in mind that nothing fits perfectly.

    Koji, does not put the orthopaedic insole into my shoes. I was not aware that he he had the knoweldge, until after my first pair from him. I asked him to do it in the pair that I just posted, however, he did not do so.

    Despite this shortcoming, however, I will not send the shoes back because they still fit equally as well as Anthony's shoes. Koji's shoes are obviously not as comfortable in the footbed area without the padded insole, but they fit every bit as well otherwise. Anthony made the shoes fit me a bit tigher than Koji in the thoat, collar, vamp areas, although remarkably, still not too tight.

    Koji made the heels fit a bit tighter than Anthony, but they too are not too tight (meaning no pain, aggitation, or physical manifestation, i.e., redness, tenderness, blistering, etc.) Koji made my vamp noticeably looser than Anthony on this pair. Both have found a way to preclude irritation of my outer toes, which normally gives shoe makers problems.

    As far as the discussion that members have posted on the varrying or opposing style compared between the two makers, I must say that they leave out one substantial factor for consideration-I asked for the different styles.

    It was not the shoe makers who chose these two models of shoes. To more accurately compare the two makers, one would have to compare the same model of shoe by the two respective makers or allow them to make the style of shoe to their own individual preference, not the customers.

    The only main characteristics of style that I could "generally" comment on are 1) finish of the welt and outside portion of the heel lifts; and 2) the toe shapes.

    Koji prefers to finish the exposed portion of the welt and heel lifts in a much shinier manner than Anthony. I have also noticed that Koji has an affinity for certain toe shapes and Anthony others distinctly different from Koji's preference.

    However, these are just preferences that I have noticed. If a customer makes a request that differs from their respective preferences, of course each maker will accomodate the customer.

    TC
     
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  14. the.chikor

    the.chikor Senior member

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    Poorsod,

    You have an excellent point. I contemplated this same consideration prior to embarking on my "satorial globetrotting expedition," as another forum member has mentioned in the past. I made the decision to commission Anthony knowing full well the cost/benefit analysis of the equation (figuratively speaking). I have no regrets for the cost. Their is more for me to the bespoke shoe than the just the end product. Indubitibly, this is an individual opinion that others will contest. I would say only embark on the journey if you have a personal desire to travel down that road.
     
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    you mean through their n.y. store?
     
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  16. mmkn

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    Interesting the above, T.C., as I have the same issue - a slight bony protuberance on my fifth metatarsal head that required "1 mm" adjustment by a mutual bespoke maker we have used.

    Despite this adjustment, which did not alter the shape of the shoe significantly, the pain after three hours was only 50% less. However, I have broken in the pair the way Silvano Lattanzi recommends, and now they no longer have any pain even with wearing them all day (up to 10 hours).

    In case you are wondering, Lattanzi, being the obsessive he is, recommends breaking his shoes in by wearing them, say 3 hours a day for the first month. Then 5 for the next month. Then 7, and so on.

    I wonder if you have "broken in" those that the makers said “fits,” and how they feel now?

    - M
     
  17. poorsod

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    Yes




    Have you tried wearing a wet sock to expedite the break in process? I found the technique in the SF archives. The idea is that moisture accelerates leather stretching. I tried it once with shoes which were too tight in the heel. I wet only the heel of the sock and wore the shoes for a few hours while the sock dried. I did it only when I was sitting at the desk because I find wet skin chafes more easily too - walking while wearing a wet sock would probably chafe my skin too easily.

    Alternatively you could ask for more adjustments from the maker. I did that once but found the shoes looser than I wanted.
     
  18. mmkn

    mmkn Senior member

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    Hmm, methought that moisture is skin's friend while it's alive, but when it's dead (leather), moisture is its enemy?

    - M
     
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    hmmh, are you serious about your assumption?
     
  20. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    ooops, they should have conformed back, though, did they?
     

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