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The high end Chinese Shoe Thread

clee1982

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if you're in Europe, wouldn't it be better to go SoH x OctTenth
 

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Speaking of podcasts, and about the topic of this thread, if you haven’t yet listened to it, check out episode 9 of the Shoegazing Podcast (also available on almost all podcast players) here I spoke to Robin Chang (@nutcracker here on SF) of Oakroom in Taiwan about the Asian quality shoe market.

We talked about how China has already moved away from being a low cost production country for shoes, nowadays it’s countries like Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia where manufacturing of quality shoes is growing the quickest. About how this is the reason that we now see all these new Chinese independent shoemakers making fully handmade shoes, raised in a shoe industry that in parts have moved on, and now thanks to social media they can reach customers themselves. We also talked about for example how the very affordable, often very well-made Asian made quality shoes will be pushing European manufacturers, as they come into play as proper competition, went into the situation with customers in the domestic countries, and much, much more. Quite an interesting talk.
Was an excellent podcast episode. Funny you mention Laos, I’ve heard that KW handgrade is produced there and that the quality is actually quite excellent for a benchmade gyw shoe
 

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I haven't heard all of @j ingevaldsson podcasts. From the few I have heard, when Jesper has a guest who is a bit more talkative it really gets things going. Consequently, it comes off as informative conversation (like a true podcast) vs an interview. Jesper and Robin had a good rapport, and they were feeding off of each other. I was left yelling out.. "That was it! I wanted to hear more" hahaha. 👏🏻
 

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Jeez there is a lot to learn through this thread!

I have several G&G and AM, and now interested in looking east for some new shoes (im in the UK).

It was originally @j ingevaldsson 's podcast with Maslow from Mori of Shoemakers that got me interested, especially as he/they are going to be at the 2021 SuperTrunk in May.

I've got an MTO incoming from Yeossal, but far from certain on fit so fingers crossed.

I might jump on a GMTO or something from ACME (if something like that comes up) but for now might just wait until the SuperTrunk so I can start with Mori, talk to a person, try on the shoes and then buy them 🤣
Yeah, I’m very happy that Mori will be part of the trunk, and have them showed to a wider audience! It’s great atuff

Was an excellent podcast episode. Funny you mention Laos, I’ve heard that KW handgrade is produced there and that the quality is actually quite excellent for a benchmade gyw shoe
Cheers! Yeah, KW was very early among “Westerners” to do
private label from Laos.

I haven't heard all of @j ingevaldsson podcasts. From the few I have heard, when Jesper has a guest who is a bit more talkative it really gets things going. Consequently, it comes off as informative conversation (like a true podcast) vs an interview. Jesper and Robin had a good rapport, and they were feeding off of each other. I was left yelling out.. "That was it! I wanted to hear more" hahaha. 👏🏻
Thanks for kind words! The interview with Robin was indeed a really nice one to record.
 

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aha, so Graziat also use Xibao, they just do patina in Taiwan instead?

Xibao's private label stuff is really taking off then (Yeossal/OctTenth/Graziat)
Pretty much a yes. But also keep in mind that aside from the actual making, the shoe lasts, design / details, and importantly leather (sourced directly from tanners like Bonaudo) are all provided by Graziat. The end result is pleasantly different from what Xibao makes for themselves or others. Would be hard to tell that they are by Xibao if not told so. I mean this as a compliment for both.
 

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well, really have to visit you guys once this covid thing is over (no way I can go back to Taipei with 14 days quarantine and still have any vacation days left...)
 

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I haven't heard all of @j ingevaldsson podcasts. From the few I have heard, when Jesper has a guest who is a bit more talkative it really gets things going. Consequently, it comes off as informative conversation (like a true podcast) vs an interview. Jesper and Robin had a good rapport, and they were feeding off of each other. I was left yelling out.. "That was it! I wanted to hear more" hahaha. 👏🏻
Indeed, Jesper is one of the few providing investigative insights in menswear
 

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And importantly leather (sourced directly from tanners like Bonaudo) are all provided by Graziat.
Thank you for mentioning the difference from the rest of Xibao's offerings. That definitely is an extremely critical point. Where that leather is coming from.

I'm guessing aside from standard calf, Museum calf from Bonaudo may be offered?
 

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Thank you for mentioning the difference from the rest of Xibao's offerings. That definitely is an extremely critical point. Where that leather is coming from.

I'm guessing aside from standard calf, Museum calf from Bonaudo may be offered?
Bonaudo has a massive selection of leathers. Graziat does mainly patina shoes, so they mostly source the blank white leather from Bonaudo (forgot the model name but the same identical one with Berlutti’s Venetian), as well as their Cashmere Suede (also for patina). I believe their standard calf (black) is Weinheimer.
 

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well, really have to visit you guys once this covid thing is over (no way I can go back to Taipei with 14 days quarantine and still have any vacation days left...)
Yes I have heard 14 days quarantine will put people on the brink of losing it. Stay safe!
 

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