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Saion - Japanese Bespoke Shoemakers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kuro, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    If you thought K.Suzuki is difficult to contact I believe that these guys accept only by introduction (notice no contact on their website). I think that they are located outside of Tokyo (or metro Tokyo)

    http://homepage3.nifty.com/saion_shoes/index.html
     
  2. erdavis

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    I wish I was in a job where I could snub the world and require an introduction.
     
  3. Tarmac

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    japanese ppl sure have a lot of free time
     
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    wow.. there are some sweet looking shoes on that site, but many have what appear to be 1.5"-2" heels! I would be nearly 6'7" with those heels... no thanks!
     
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    That is some high-octane shoe porn! [​IMG] But those heels are ridiculous when you see them from the back. Kim Jong Il must be a big fan.
     
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    I wish I was in a job where I could snub the world and require an introduction.

    Too bad Raul Castro got the job opening. [​IMG]
     
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    Coho Senior member

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    Lol. What a bunch of snobs. I bet they have retail shop on Mt. Fuji and only open during the depth of winter.

    If you thought K.Suzuki is difficult to contact I believe that these guys accept only by introduction (notice no contact on their website). I think that they are located outside of Tokyo (or metro Tokyo)

    http://homepage3.nifty.com/saion_shoes/index.html
     
  8. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    Lol. What a bunch of snobs. I bet they have retail shop on Mt. Fuji and only open during the depth of winter.

    I think it was more that there are only 3 guys and they don't want to be overloaded so that they can retain their quality level.
     
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    FYI for those in or going to Tokyo Saion will begin pattern order shoes on 10/11 @ ABC Mart Ginza. http://shoemaking.blog113.fc2.com/
    Their 32 pictures of the steps to making one of their shoes was [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Just a few of the 32steps pictured ... The uppers where of course already finished.
     
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    This leads me to think they do "additive lasts". [​IMG] Any thoughts, or possible translation?
     
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    [​IMG]

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    Custom booties for children?[​IMG]
     
  14. Tarmac

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    oh my, those are flawless

    [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG]

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    I feel sorry for the kid learning to walk in those, must be awful.
     
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    This leads me to think they do "additive lasts".
    [​IMG]

    Any thoughts, or possible translation?


    A translation would be appreciated.
     
  17. Willsw

    Willsw Senior member

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    What's with these slug-noodle laces?

    [​IMG]
     
  18. jimmyshoe

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    I love those laces!

    How do people feel about blue shoes. I think these ones are great but it is a difficult colour to pull off. Or am I just being timid?
     
  19. Bic Pentameter

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    This leads me to think they do "additive lasts".
    [​IMG]

    Any thoughts, or possible translation?



    My off the cuff translation:

    For pattern orders, we adjust the size by "placing" leather onto a preexisting last. In contrast to the bespoke process, we cannot "remove" material from the last, but it is possible on a spot basis to clear up areas which rub against the foot, thereby more closely matching the individual foot.
     
  20. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    This leads me to think they do "additive lasts".
    [​IMG]

    Any thoughts, or possible translation?


    Basically says that for pattern order they will make adjustments to a standard last, but the process is different from the bespoke process where they will make you a last.
     

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