The Shoe Snob Blog

September 2, 2011

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Shoes Of The Week – Koji Suzuki

I never tire of looking at shoes made by Japanese bespoke shoemakers, such as the ones pictured here by Koji Suzuki. Somthing about their shoes, even though they may be classic styles, always seem to set themselves apart from their competitors. Take the monk strap above, for example. It’s buckles are extremely far apart from eachother and also have concaved details on the leather strap, as opposed to a strap with straight edge lines. Little things like this, although minute, set the shoe apart from the next and create a feel of elegance, due to theaddition of simpledetails that many shoe brands lack in utilizing.

But this also plays on one’s culture, as I believe that Japanese society as a whole tends to appreciate and focus on the finer details in life that not only make things seem more simple, but also more elegant.Aquick example, in my opinion, is the fact that they usechopsticks and sit on their knees with a staight back as opposed to eating with babaric forks/knives while sittingon modern funiture. And although (obviously) this is not the case for everyone in Japan, it’s stuff like this that carries out into most things that they do and/or create. Looking at these shoes, you might just see what I am ramblingon about. Simple, elegant, clean looking and most important, exquisite in every meaning of the word!

  • Man, all of these are nice.

    If I only had an unlimited budget.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  • MR. GWH – Yes, that would be nice. My closet would be a sin….

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Anonymous

    Justin, you keep amazing me. The Chukka (Third from top) what leather is that? Any ideas???

    Anonymous

  • Anonymous – Glad to keep interested and amazed. I believe, from the looks of it, that it is elephant but hold it to me, as I could be wrong…

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”