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Shoe Stores in Tokyo?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by teddieriley, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    I'm heading to Tokyo for about a week later this month. Can anyone be so kind as to offer suggestions on shoe stores I should check out? I'll be in Paris and Budapest prior to Japan and optimistically plan to pick up some Crockett and Jones and Vass shoes. I may have enough credit on the credit card to add another pair of shoes in the 500 USD range. If you also happen to have the exact address or any info that will help me locate the store easier, that would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    i have always thought shoes in tokyo are more expensive than that in budapest, and perhaps paris.
     
  3. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    i have always thought shoes in tokyo are more expensive than that in budapest, and perhaps paris.
    You're probably right, but I figure there must be some stores in Japan carrying shoes I may not find in Europe, and definitely not in the states, that won't be outrageously expensive. I might be right about the first part, but terribly mistaken about the second.
     
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    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Is it really possible to get quality shoes for only $500? Is there an AE like shoe maker in Japan?
     
  5. pejsek

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    There is a lot of truly inspired shoe-making going on in Japan these days. For a little background you might take a look at the post I started under the title "The Centipede Has Landed...." You will probably have to go a little above the 500 USD level, but you can certainly get some great classically-inspired shoes that you won't find anywhere else. Some of my current favorites in the 90,000 yen range would be:

    1. 'Cascade' brown double monk by Koji Takano (available at Trading Post):

    http://www.lifegear-tradingpost.com/...no/cascade.htm

    2. chisel-toe brogue by Reiko Tukui for Sinner (this is the one I would get for myself; thanks again, centipede!):

    http://www.sinner.jp/sample/design-o..._12/index.html

    Some of our Japanese members might be able to give you some more specific advice about shops and sales. But don't leave Japan without a fine pair of new shoes.
     
  6. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    I think it might be tough to find something in Japan that you can' t find for less elsewhere.

    Yanko is pretty abundant in Japan. I belive they go for Y40,000 yen or so. You may see them, as well as many other shoes, at Isetan Men's in Shinjuku.

    Guild of Crafts is a ready to wear/bespoke hometown favorite that, as far as I know, is not available overseas. http://www.footwear.co.jp/

    I suspect that you would have a hard time buying something there for less than $500. Trading Post carries some of their wares under the Hall & Marks label.
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    2. chisel-toe brogue by Reiko Tukui for Sinner (this is the one I would get for myself; thanks again, centipede!):

    http://www.sinner.jp/sample/design-o..._12/index.html
    these are definatly worth the cash so sexy! i think you would be the envy of a lot esp this board!
     
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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Can you order online or over the phone from them?
     
  9. Alter

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    Please note that the Sinner shop is in Kyoto, not Tokyo. I will probably be in Kyoto next month, I will try to swing by there.
     
  10. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    I'm sure I'll be able to make it to Kyoto during that week. Unfortunately, neither my Mozilla or Explorer browser has the Japan language pack installed - not that I can read Japanese in the first place. Can someone please post the contact information/address of the store? I now really want these shoes: http://www.sinner.jp/sample/design-o..._12/index.html Thanks!
     
  11. pejsek

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    Thanks for pointing that out, Alter. I'm (unfortunately) really only looking at pictures here and wouldn't have known that Sinner is in Kyoto. I think it would be great if you could take a look at the shop. The clothes look interesting too. If you get a chance, tell us what you find. Same with you, teddyriley. Both the bespoke and rtw shoes look great on the site; I'd be curious to know how they strike s.one in person (or, better yet, what they're like on an actual foot).
    There's an email contact on the site. I think it might be eita@sinner.jp, but don't hold me to that.
     
  12. Artisan Fan

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    Some of the Berluti shops are quite nice. Found some superb cashmere socks on sale there. I think there are some 3-4 stores. Larger American sizes can be difficult to secure sometimes...

    Take the bullet train there (Shinbasa?) - it is an experience and the Kyoto train station is cool modern architecture. Also, don't miss the museums in Kyoto...very rich history.
     
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    I'm making a trip to Tokyo soon and was wondering if anyone had managed to get a pair of Guild of Crafts bespokes completed within a week?
    How about the other shoe brands out there?
     
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    I have never looked into it, but a bespoke pair in a week might be too tight. They do have ready to wear shoes, though.
     
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    I just got an email back from Guild of Crafts, who, as you rightly point out takes about 3 months for the finished product to come about.

    I guess I will have to settle for the RTW shoes this time around!
     
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    I just got an email back from Guild of Crafts, who, as you rightly point out takes about 3 months for the finished product to come about.

    I guess I will have to settle for the RTW shoes this time around!



    I doubt that they would be able to turn something around in a week, but Otsuka has a made to measure service.
    http://www.otsuka-shoe.com/


    The Regal shoe shop in Ginza also has a bespoke service, and made to measure.http://www.regal.co.jp/attention/


    Bic
     
  17. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    If anyone is going to be in Kobe within the next month- there is a closing-out sale going on at an amazing shoe store that has great selections of EG, C&J, Lobb, Artioli, etc. It is my favorite store for shoe porn gazing.

    Usually Japanese prices are overly-inflated ( and rarely on sale) but they have everything at 30% off. That does not bring it down to amazing levels but will be fairly equal to normal retail prices in the US or UK.

    EG's were going for 75,000yen (around $650US) for most shoes with a little more for boots.

    IIRC C&J handgrades were around $500US. I saw one pair of C&J cordovans for around $450US.

    If anyone wants me to check it out for them, I will be in that area next week. Let me know.
     
  18. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Hello all,

    I'm currently in Tokyo and was wondering if anyone had an address for the Guild of Crafts store. I've read it's in the area of Asakusa, but I don't know where. Please don't post a link if it's written in Japanese because I can't read Japanese nor the funky little characters displayed by Explorer/Mozilla because these Internet Cafe computers I'm using do not have the Japanese language pack (I'm in an American Military hotel near Roppongi).

    Thanks!
     
  19. pejsek

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    I haven't been able to find an address, but you might try the phone or email.
    The phone # for Guild of Crafts is 03-5824-3280; the email is guild@footwear.co.jp.
    It looks like the Google translation service doesn't work for the phonetic characters.
    Good luck with the shoes. Give us a report when you're done.
     
  20. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    Hello all,

    I'm currently in Tokyo and was wondering if anyone had an address for the Guild of Crafts store. I've read it's in the area of Asakusa, but I don't know where. Please don't post a link if it's written in Japanese because I can't read Japanese nor the funky little characters displayed by Explorer/Mozilla because these Internet Cafe computers I'm using do not have the Japanese language pack (I'm in an American Military hotel near Roppongi).

    Thanks!


    Tokyo-to
    Taito-ku
    Asakusa 6-19-4
    Yamayoshi Building

    Take the Hibiya line to Ginza, change to the Ginza line. Get off at Asakusa. It is a 10 minute walk from the station.

    If you go by taxi, you may want to just print this map for the driver. (I think that the characters on this map are independent of any Japanese fonts you may need.)
    http://www.footwear.co.jp/college/index.html

    Alternatively, if you plan to take a taxi and have a cellphone, you may want to get into the taxi, then dial the shop and pass the phone to the driver.


    Bic
     

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