The Shoe Snob Blog

November 24, 2014

The Best Longwing….Ever…by Hiro Yanagimachi

Hiro Yanagimachi

So it’s my last day here in Singapore after having been gone for 2 weeks now. Luckily for me, I have a lovely midnight flight to put me into London at 5am, ouch! It’s been a great time here in Asia, but I am definitely ready to get home and start playing catch up! Both of my trunk shows went very well and it was a pleasure to have met all that came out. Singapore surprised me however, by tripling my expectations and becoming the best trunk show that I have ever had (commercially speaking; I have enjoyed them all on an emotional level). Thank you to all who came out and showed their support.

On  another note, I have been keeping a close eye on Japanese shoemaker, Hiro Yanagimachi as he is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites. Time and time again his Instagram leaves me jaw dropping in awe (@hiroyanagi1999). And when I came across this longwing I fell in love. I must say that I think that I anti-the-gunboat-longwing that just looks like a tanker ship on one’s foot. It’s really just my personal taste but I hate chunky shoes and most longwings are just that. This is the perfect example of how you can take the longwing design and make it sharp, elegant and refined. And that is how I like it. The only downfall is that most don’t make it like this for RTW. Let’s see who will change that!

 

  • F. Clinton

    Pleasure having you in Singapore! I’m glad we have left a great impression on you and hope to see your shoes in boutiques here in the future! Cheers!

    • TheShoeSnob

      thank you!

  • Juan Manuel

    Well and that, but how cool was the trunk show in The Armoury????? Everything sounds great and we -your followers- are glad to know!

    • TheShoeSnob

      It was a privilege to have done my trunk show at The Armoury and thanks for your constant support Juan Manuel!

  • Geo

    Justin, why don’t You fill the gap in the RTW ? 😉

    • TheShoeSnob

      i probably will one day soon…just not quite yet…

  • zatara

    Justin .. Ive watched your video on polishing shoes, I have taken to polishing my shoes as a distressing exercise as I find it quite chill to do … only issue is now my shoes all shine ridiculously …. mirror polish all over the shoe … which is fine. However, Im a bit concerned the shoe leather might not be able to breathe if caked in with polish … should I be removing this polish each time I repolish? Or just let it naturally evaporate and wear off?

    • TheShoeSnob

      glad that you have been enjoying my videos. The first step is to not mirror shine the shoe everywhere, only on the toes and heels and then blend the rest. You only need to strip if the polish starts to crack, otherwise just renovate it and top it up