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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    ^^ Those are outstanding. Excellent choice. Love that color and texture. And, you're right, those stacked heels are very nice.

    Very surprised to hear you were a size 1 in the chukka. If there is no size 0 for this model, then there must be a very large number of Japanese men who would be out of luck on these. I know how they feel. That means that the size 3 would fit somewhere around 11US, I guess. Good to know. Closer, but still no cigar.

    Looking forward to some progress reports and some action shots!

    And give us some pics of those loafers, when you get em. :D
     
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  2. PhiPsi32

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    Moto Size 3 ~ US11 = Hope
     


  3. Kashiwa

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    Hope for some = A tease for others.

    But seriously, happy to hear that size 3 runs large and may work for you. I'm planning to go and give the size 3 a try, sometime soon. I'll let you know what my very blunt measure turns up.
     


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    kram6136 Well-Known Member

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    Ha, will do!

    I can't guarantee that size 3 = 11US, but I guess it might in the chukka anyway. I don't know if the various shoes are made on different specific lasts that account for the difference in fit, or if it's just that the chukkas fit looser. She was explaining something about how the chukkas use a Goodyear welt and that affects the fit, but there must be more to it than that. I think further investigation is required. And I'll be glad to do it, given the funds. [​IMG]
     


  5. Kashiwa

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    Further investigation, and funds, are indeed required.

    Certainly the construction of the chukkas would seem to be the same as many of their other shoes and boots. Aren't most of their shoes on Goodyear welts? And, yes, chukkas will fit looser, but I am skeptical that that alone would mean sizing down, particularly since their sizes are a full size apart.
     


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    ^ Actually, not all of their shoes are on the Goodyear welt. They have several styles on the McKay welt (not sure if this is called something else overseas). The camel oxfords are McKay, not Goodyear. Still seemed very sturdily built, just a different construction.
     


  7. Kashiwa

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    Thanks for the info!

    I would need to inspect them more to identify the differences. But it does look like the CXL chukkas, oxfords and pecos boots are, like the camel boots and chukkas, on the Goodyear, maybe? Those all have a familial resemblance.

    EDit: but yes, it's easy to see that the camel oxfords, for example, have a different welt.

    Lots of opportunities to wear those chukkas in the rain!
     
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  8. chanakit

    chanakit Well-Known Member

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    i would like to know where to buy this boots and then if i buy it in rakuten i have to pay duty tax for US or not
     


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    Well, I couldn't resist. I went back to MOTO in Aoyama and picked up the medallion slip on shoes in brown. This time, size 2 (you may recall I got the camel chukkas in size 1), and they fit perfectly. I decided to pull the trigger now since I'm leaving in the morning on a five-week business trip to the US. I'll be hitting several cities and their respective airports and TSA facilities, so the slip-ons should be the perfect shoes. I'm busy packing now, but I'll post pics when I get settled in my hotel over there. The color is really fascinating, with many subtle shades and variations - you can tell they were hand finished! I hope I can take some photos that do them justice. Very happy with them so far (I wore them home from the store!).
     


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    These really are outstanding looking products. I currently have some, um, priorities shall we say underway (more in the Baller boot / shoe category) but will be monitoring with interest as the procurement for us across the Pacific gets developed.
     


  11. Kashiwa

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    Nice pickup! Those will undoubtedly be perfect for air travel. And, although we like to complain about TSA, thanks be to them for providing such a solid motivation for a shoe purchase! :)

    Looking forward to the pics.
     


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    The only option currently available for direct purchase is Rakuten. I'm not sure about the US duty tax, but it seems more than likely that you will pay, how much I do not know.

    If you are intent on purchasing, you might send a mail to MOTO to express your interest and also send a PM to Mr. Skelter, who is currently surveying the interest in MOTO with an eye toward developing an overseas retail option for MOTO.

    You might also try some proxy services, but I'm not personally familiar with any.
     


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    I've been enjoying my MOTO medallion slip on shoes.

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    They have been very comfortable and convenient through the airports so far.

    I also brought the MOTO camel chukkas and my Alden for Brooks Brothers unlined LHS.

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    It's been a very convenient and comfortable selection for travel. I also tried out Allen Edmonds Spray Waterproofer, and I'm happy to report that it did not darken the white camel chukkas. By the way, I tested a light application of Obenauf's LP on the tongue of the MOTO camel chukkas, and it darkened the white color to a honey shade. It's lightened a bit over the last week, but is still visibly darker, like a honey color next to the white camel of the remaining tongue. Not a bad color, but I think I will enjoy the natural color for a while before applying the Obenauf's, especially since the Allen Edmonds spray hasn't darkened them at all. If things have changed after the first rainfall (possibly tomorrow or so), I'll report back. I'm optimistic for now.
     


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    Thanks for the pics! Very nice collection, especially for travel.

    The medallion loafers look great! Did you get those trees in Japan?
     


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    Those medallion cap toes are superb. That would certainly fill the loafer gap in my collection.

    Curse my oversized feet!
     
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