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August 9, 2013

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More Japanese Shoe Goodness – Yuki Shirahama

adelaide brogue Yuki Shirahama adelaide brogue2 Yuki Shirahama adelaide brogue3  Yuki Shirahama bespoke sole adelaide brogue Yuki Shirahama black oxfords bespoke Yuki Shirahama side profile oxford bespoke Yuki Shirahama

No time to talk today my friends, sorry but just so rammed pack with things to do….hopefully you understand.

All that I can tell you is that as everyday goes on, the more that I feel that a trip to Japan is definitely in order and ASAP!!

All photos courtesy of Style Forum

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out the exclusive shoe that I made for all of you, available for purchase and shown in the column, above right.

Justin, “The Shoe Snob”


  • Matt

    In the grand scheme of things, this is probably at most 4th most important thing you’ve got to worry about.
    But when you do get back, do you have any insight into how they make the leather fit the last so perfectly above the foot where it curves into the top? I can see how they do the curve from the top to the toe, by tugging it down and to the back before hammering it to the bottom.
    But what about around the top on the sides? Do they wet and press it to keep it there? Do they stretch it horizontally and pin it through the lace holes, or what?

    • TheShoeSnob

      when you are making a bespoke shoe, some makers leave a little bit of extra leather above the mouth line (where the foot enters) and nail it into the last to keep place. Then when are you lasting the toe and the rest of the upper, your applying pressure naturally tightens the whole upper over the last, even all the way up there…sometimes one will wet the upper if it is being stubborn….

      • Matt

        Very interesting, thanks for the info!

  • Paul Evans

    Those shoes look great. Love the wingtip.

    • TheShoeSnob


  • TheShoeSnob

    it’s tough to say my friend, I honestly can get a great look on it from the angle of the pic…looks like a soft square type last…G&G’s MH71 might be close (… or C&J 337??? will be tough to say for sure…. sorry