Shoe Shopping in Taiwan

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  1. schmallo15

    schmallo15 Senior member

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    ^ This!

    Even if he's not taking on new customers, I would love to check out his store as I live fairly close to 松山機場.

    And this thread! Outstanding work, Nutcracker.
     


  2. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I agree with your observation on the leather quality. I say he makes shoes that are appropriate for the price (7800 NTD). I know he also does bespoke (mentioned in the video), presumably with better selection of leather.
     


  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    :fonz:

    Just until a year ago, I thought the only local shoemakers in Taiwan were Aso and La New :lol:
     


  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Stores around the Zhongxiao shopping area

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    FIND TAIPEI
    A fine menswear boutique (with 5 or so locations in Taiwan)
    They are the sole distributor of Alfred Sargent (they stock the Exclusive line). Next year they will launch the AS MTO program.
    Good selection of Loake. They also stock some Saphir polishes.
    AS Exclusive costs 19000 NTD

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    Hotel V
    A massive boutique (mens/womens). stocks Grenson, Yucaten, and also the French brand Heschung.

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    The Sartorialist @ Breeze Zhongxiao
    A new menswear store with a very familiar (?) name
    Stocks Loake and Jeffery West, which seems like a popular brand in Taiwan.

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    Authentic Filson
    The sole distributor of Alden shoes in Taiwan (and of course, Filson bags). They claim to have the lowest price in Asia.
    Alden in Calf/Shell Cord. costs 15000/22500 NTD
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    Hyped. Mackay construction.

    It's the good old story of outsourcing factories trying to rebrand itself after their customers switched to even cheaper construction at Vietnam.
     


  6. clee1982

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    By the way just to clarify, when I say it looks like old school Vass I really mean it looks Hungarian/Austrian as a generic term, don't think the quality is quite there...
     


  7. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah. But wouldn`t it be sensational if the quality of local Taiwanese custom shoes was also up there (ie. equivalent to Vass)? Of course I realized that is probably a wishful thinking when I saw Liu shifu`s shoes. :facepalm:

    well, I`m still keeping my eyes open for some obscure shoemakers out there....
     


  8. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    Looks like Turnright is still your best bet so far?

    By the way who's this Mr. Cook you guys are talking about, he is a seller/maker in ??
     


  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Eric Cook is a master shoemaker that's been hired to consult on many Asian shoemaking factories AFAIK.
     


  10. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Maybe check the yearbook of the former Cordwainer's College and track them all down!!
     


  11. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    The problem with some of these older generation non-Chinese good makers are they never really moved beyond what they learned. My theory have always been there is no in grind culture of excellence for doing something the culture it didn't identify with. For example a Chinese porcelain maker in Taiwan would probably keep innovate, or simply getting better what he/she does, but a western shoe maker in Taiwan kind just does what he learned 30 years ago with very minor improvement through out.

    Or alternatively you could say they never learned enough to improve on their own and giving language barrier, probably not a lot resource either...

    I guess you can say the same about Japan on the culture aspect, but Japan is very different in the sense it happily learns from the best without getting into identity crisis. It embrace who is the strongest at the time and make it part of its culture, so when China was the strongest over 1000 years ago it copied that, when English was strongest 200 years ago it copied that, and American after WW II.
     


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    That would be a fun project, someone want to fund me for a documentary :nodding:
     


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    And he is based in Asia or just travel from UK all the time?
     


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    From my understanding, Mr. Cook lives in outside London. He has a workshop in the city (the one I usually visit), however he does travel to Asia to take orders, or to do business such as 'know-how' trading.

    I tried to bring Mr. Cook to Hong Kong but sadly there is not enough interest. Perhaps I called out the wrong people.

    Strange enough, I have heard him shutting his door to people.
     


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    Ah, that elusive Eric Cook,, who according to his greatest fan Mr Nicholas Foulkes will deliver you after six or so months of waiting time, a totally different style than the one you have ordered all this time ago.

    Cook began shoemaking with Nicholas Tuczek, But considering that Tuczek closed down 1965 and Cook is today probably in his mid-sixties, he must have been a very young man back then.

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