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Leather Arts & Crafts MOTO (Aoyama--Tokyo, Japan) Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Kashiwa, May 5, 2012.

  1. Kashiwa

    Kashiwa Senior member

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    Exactly. While I hope this thread will provide general info and appreciation for MOTO and MOTOR, that very thought----demonstrating the demand for more and larger sizes----is indeed a significant part of the motivation behind this thread.

    So, if you are interested in MOTO or MOTOR boots and shoes, but would like to see larger sizes, please make your voice heard here. And, who knows, maybe there is even a chance for a group MTO, including a run of larger sizes.......
     


  2. wogbog

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    God these shoes are pretty.
     


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    Wow Im looking forward to this thread unfolding. Moto has some of the nicest shoe collections Ive seen anywhere. It would be great if we could get a more reliable us distributor.
     


  4. PhiPsi32

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    US distribution could be an option. It would depend on how much people are willing to pay. If I did the math correctly, those camel chukkas are about $685 at current exchange rates. Setting up the infrastructure to import and distribute Moto in the US would take the price up from there. I'd be happy if there was an option to email them an order and have it delivered to the US. Figure $50-$60 to ship.

    I'm not trying to be a wet blanket; I'm just pointing out it's a matter of price.
     


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    I was looking at Moto boots awhile back but gave up on them after finding out that they were only made in small sizes. Hopefully that will change!

    PhiPsi32: You can buy Motos from Rakuten.
     


  6. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    Eh? That's excellent news. Thank you!

    ***Edit***

    I'm digging the brown cap toe, but nothing over a size 3.

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  7. Kashiwa

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    Yes, indeed, I imagine that a lot of people outside Japan have considered MOTO boots and shoes, but simply given up due to the limited sizes.

    And, yes again, there is a (somewhat limited) supply of MOTO boots available on Rakuten. Just as an example, I'm quite interested in their camel leather boots. The only pair I could find on Rakuten were these, and they are no longer in stock:

    http://item.rakuten.co.jp/auc-refalt/moto_gy3_1800/

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    The white camel boots, as well as the dark brown and white camel chukkas they have at the MOTO store seem to be unavailable on Rakuten. Also, I have yet to find any MOTOR boots on Rakuten.
     


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  9. PhiPsi32

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    The contrasting sole and stitching give these boots some weight. They'd go well with khaki twill or lighter denim. These just might make me give up my Indy boots.

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  10. Kashiwa

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    +1 Amen.

    Think you would feel even more so after seeing the camel in person.
     
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  13. Kashiwa

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    Took a trip to MOTOR today. Wonderful shop, and wonderfully friendly people. If you're ever in Tokyo, highly recommended it. Make sure you know where you're going. Make sure you've got a map.

    Learned that the R in MOTOR stands for getting back to the Roots of what MOTO is all about: fine artisanal craftsmanship. The elder brother of the Motoike family told me that MOTOR is about rejuvenation, about breathing some creative juice back into the craftsmanship they've been passionately pursuing now for decades. If MOTO is a renown brand standing tall in the world of fine leatherwork, then MOTOR is about keeping these innovators on their toes, a space and product line for branching out with rediscovered Roots.

    Here are a few photos. My apologies for the low quality. Low light is good for ambiance, but it's more than my photography skills can handle.

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    I'll be headed back soon. The natural CXL wallet is just too good.

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