Huang Niu – The Last Bespoke Maker out of China
Great and well made shoes can come from anywhere and even though China gets a bad rap for making things that are cheap and of poor quality, that is not to say that everything that comes out of there is of the same caliber. For example, Huang Niu, better known on Instagram as @wanmenxiedao is among a dying breed of the true, handmade bespoke shoemakers that are left in China (of Chinese origin, Masaura Okuyama does not count). Thanks to Instagram, I was able to stumble upon him and have been trying to get to know more since. The problem is that he does not speak a word of English. But luckily he has a kind friend who writes to me on his behalf. While, I want to do a larger piece on him when I have some more time, I thought that I would at least get his name out there and show all of you just how well made shoes can come from many places outside of the EU, even the most unexpected places, such as China. The next post that I write on him will actually show a lot more his handwork.
Happy Weekend to all!
Justin, “The Shoe Snob”