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Eiji Murata Archive

May 9, 2019

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Handstitching the Upper

All photos and process courtesy of Japanese Bespoke Shoemaker, Eiji Murata aka Main D’or. Hand-stitching an upper is no easy feat. When you look at the pictures it probably seems easy. But allow me to tell you that it is tough and mainly for the precision involved. The smallest error can result in cracking leather or crooked stitching and the shoe is pretty much ruined when that happens as there is no correcting it. But […]

March 25, 2019

November 7, 2018

The Perfect Sole – Eiji Murata aka Main D’or

I am not going to lie and say that I am a sole fanatic but there is something special about a well-crafted sole. I love to look at them and appreciate the skill that went into it, as someone who has done them before, knows just how difficult it is to make the ‘perfect.’ Well Eiji Murata, aka Main D’or, makes them perfectly. The best that I have seen and that is no joke. They […]

November 2, 2015

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Blue Stunners by Main D’or

I caught a glimpse of these incredible bespoke blue shoes by Main D’or (Eiji Murata) and I was blown away. I mean, I am not going to lie and say that they are the most practical of shoe nor that the cap is nothing shy of wild, but I see them and they immediately capture my attention and admiration. And that blue, it is about as vivid as blue gets, especially on leather. Let us […]