Miyagi Kogyo – Two Toned Derby Boots
The more that I find new Japanese shoemakers, the more that I feel that there is a whole world of discovery out there, that will only be unearthed through a proper visit to the land of shoes: Japan. This lovely pair of brogued derby boots is made by Miyagi Kogyo, who apparently is a custom (bespoke/MTO) shoemaker that has been making shoes since 1941 (or at least the family name has been around since then). While it’s hard to get the true appreciation of the colors of this boot, due to it being Instagramified, I must say that I love the idea of the scotch grain paired with suede, along with a nice contrast stitch. While it might be something hard to wear in London, I can imagine this getting a lot of time underneath a pair of jeans if I were to own it….I have always wanted to go to Tokyo and each time that I see yet another Japanese shoemaker, this yearning for travel grows stronger. My next proper 2-week holiday will find myself venturing there and I only hope that I at least discover 10 more makers to visit by that time!