While glancing through the high end shoe thread this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see that the mysterious Japanese centipede (who most assuredly does dream of shoes) has apparently paid us the favor of a visit. If you haven't yet seen the site, please go take a look at: centipede.web.fc2.com/ There's no way you'll be sorry. I was initially quite beguiled by the amazing collection of old bespoke shoes (mostly English), since this is one of my own pursuits (albeit on a far more humble scale). The American section is quite an eye-opener as well, especially to all those who are perhaps inclined to walk by all those Aldens and A-Es with nary a glance. There's also an intriguing selection of Ugolinis and quite a cabinet of curiousities from the German-speaking peoples. What caught my eye most on this visit was the section devoted to Japanese bespoke shoes. immsmc, the work of Koji Suzuki may be more extensively documented on Jun Kuwana's site, but then, really, isn't any Suzuki good Suzuki? The drama of the Suzuki shoes is in fact so great that it perhaps caused me to unfairly overlook some of the other Japanese shoemakers on previous visits. Some of the shoes immediately following the Suzuki ones are quite striking and elegantly executed but I can't figure out the maker. I have only the barest familiarity with Japanese (my children go to a Japanese elementary school), but I know enough to realize that I am never going to pick my way through that melange of katakana, hiragana, and kanji. We have loads of Japanese talent on this site, of course, and I'm hoping that someone will tell me more about the maker of these shoes. It would also be interesting to know if anyone here has actually ever engaged the services of a Japanese cobbler. I mentioned on the Kiton shoes thread that I'd really love to see a Silvano Lattanzi/Koji Suzuki duel--freestyle full brogues at twenty paces or s.thing like that (just as long as, dear god, nobody gets hurt). Lattanzi and Suzuki both seem to be working at the peak of their abilities, their work far outshining the output of ordinary run-of-the-mill elite cobblers' workshops and showing the pure spark of individual genius. The various anglophilic interpretations of classic Edwardian design may be the most interesting thing happening in shoes today. It would be interesting to know more about the top Japanese bespoke shoemakers. Where did they learn the craft? Who and what were their inspirations? Sometimes, it seems, it really is all in the translation.