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The Great Shoe Circle

I think that this takes the cake for the greatest shoe circle that I have ever seen. It certainly isn’t the most impressive shoe collection (not to say it is not impressive but I have seen some that span upwards of 250 pairs) but it certainly is the best presented circle of shoes I have ever seen, not only for what the shoes are being a mix of literally every type of model (except button […]

May 19, 2017

Masaru Okuyama Blue Bespoke Oxfords

I was at an event a few weeks back and managed to catch site of this immaculate pair of bespoke oxfords by Masaru Okuyama. Unfortunately the place was dimly lit and I only had my mobile phone so I managed to snap a mediocre picture (as you see above) but in no way does this represent the beauty of the shoes at hand. For those that do not know Mr. Okuyama is a Japanese bespoke […]

March 23, 2017

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Details Of A Gentleman, London Event – Jaunty Flaneur, Vass/Ascot Shoes, Masaru Okuyama and Much More

To All Londoners (or nearby residents) interested in events, the Jaunty Flaneur is back at it with a 2nd rendition of his Details of a Gentleman night this coming April 5th. There will be an array of brands showcasing their stuff, some of which are Vass shoes by Ascot Shoes and Japanese (Hong Kong based) Bespoke Shoemaker, Masaru Okuyama. Not only that but there shall be many more menswear brands, drinks and nibbles. From the […]

November 12, 2016

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Aubercy Part 3: Masaru Okuyama, Tuczek, Anthony Cleverley

Another project that Xavier Aubercy has just started working on is the publicizing of other less known shoemakers from the various countries around the world that one may not think about. That being, because Xavier loves the idea of well-made, put-your-heart-into-it footwear, he is doing his best to spread the name of less known artists, such as Masaru Okuyama, in order to spread the love, so to speak. I thought that this was so brilliant. […]

September 8, 2016

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Things To Know About Shoes: Part 2 – The Next 10

Dear Readers, Here is the 2nd part of my ‘Things to know about shoes.’ If you happen to missed the first 10, here they are. I hope that you enjoy the post and I will try and scrounge up another 10 by next week or the one after! 11. Soles wear out. They are not invincible. Even the best ones will wear out quickly if you over-wear them. If you live in a wet city […]

August 31, 2015

Masaru Okuyama To Visit Singapore

  For those of you in Singapore who have never had the opportunity to see bespoke shoes by a Japanese shoemaker, now is your chance to do so as Masaru Okuyama will host a trunk show at Kevin Seah this Fri/Sat. Masaru’s shoemaking technique is quite unique for a Japanese shoemaker, in my humble opinion, and this is what I like about him. Although having learned from a Japanese maker, his style of making seems to have a […]

June 15, 2015

The Clean Lines of Masaru Okuyama

Masaru Okuyama doesn’t make crazy unique shoes like many of the Japanese bespoke shoemakers out there, but one thing that you can always count on with regards to his shoes are the finessed laser-like lines to his lasts, welts, heels etc. His shoes always look flawless and beyond perfect. I think that he just might also be the master of the wholecut, as I am always astounded when I see his take on it (as […]

March 20, 2015

The Brown Wholecut by Masaru Okuyama

Pure perfection…. http://www.masaruokuyama.com/ That’s it! Have a great weekend to all and for those of you trying to get in touch with me via email/blog comment etc. please bear with me as this period has been more busy than ever in my entire life, which makes me very behind in responding. But I WILL GET TO ALL emails that are not spam….sooner or later! Sincerely, Justin, “The Shoe Snob

August 22, 2013

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Masaru Okuyama – My New Favorite Japanese Maker

I first came into contact with Masaru Okuyama’s shoes while I was in Paris visiting the Aubercy shop where they were hosting a little corner for Mr. Okuyama in the hopes to spread the name and exceptional work of this young, talented shoemaker. His shoes were simply amazing. No need to try and fluff it up but they were flawlessly beautiful in every sense of the idea, not only in make but design and detail. […]